The Effects of Explosive Blast as Compared to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on Brain Function and Structure
Annual rept. 1 Apr 2009-31 Mar 2010
MINNESOTA VETERANS RESEARCH INST MINNEAPOLIS MN
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The purpose of the present study is to better characterize and differentiate the effects of combat stress and explosive blast on the brain. To achieve this goal, we have been collecting extensive data on emotional health via clinical interviews and self-report measures, as well as information on brain structure and function using sophisticated magnetic resonance imaging MRI sequences and high density quantitative electroencephalography EEG. We have collected clinical, EEG, and MRI data on 92 military personnel who have been deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. We have also established data entry and processing guidelines for clinical, EEG, and MRI data, thus ensuring that we have completed all tasks in a manner consistent with our Statement of Work for the second year of the study. The results of this study should add to clinicians understanding of how to better diagnose and treat blast-related brain injury and post-traumatic stress symptoms.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Stress Physiology