Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Annual Report 2009
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF TRAUMATIC STRESS
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2009 has been a year of extraordinary growth for the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress CSTS. In recognition of the rise in suicide and behavioral health problems among service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the National Institute of Mental Health NIMH awarded CSTS an unprecedented grant of 50 million to assess and develop scientific approaches to reverse this trend. In coordination with the Secretary of the Army, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, the Surgeon General of the Army, and NIMH, CSTS is positioned to lead an interdisciplinary team including prominent researchers from Harvard, Columbia and the University of Michigan to support the U.S. Armys advancement of trauma knowledge and trauma informed care for our nation. Since the Centers establishment in 1987, CSTS has shaped the landscape of disaster and military psychiatry and bridged these disciplines to inform planning, response and recovery of public health threats or recovery from pandemic and H1N1 outbreaks. As part of the Department of Psychiatry of Uniformed Services University USU, CSTS also has examined traumatic stress through laboratory research on animals and humans. This pioneering work in neuroscience and the neurobiology of traumatic stress resulted in the Centers recent identification of a potential biomarker for post traumatic stress disorder PTSD, a protein and its associated gene known as p11. These findings have important implications for prevention and treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders that face our service members and nation. CSTSs approach - to integrate trauma research across genes, brain, individual, family, community and policy, and our strong collaborative networks will assist us in helping find and apply evidence-based approaches and treatments to prevent and minimize the impact of traumatic disorder from depression, PTSD, substance abuse, family violence and traumatic brain injury TBI.
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