• In Case You Missed It: #DCoESummit17
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    Graphic courtesy of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

    The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosted the 2017 DCoE Summit, “Advances in the State of the Sciences and Best Practices” Sept. 19 -21. Attendees, presenters and panelists from around the world joined live, virtual discussions about scientific advances and best practices in psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    The annual event provided real-time access to more than 28 hours of programming each day. The virtual platform allowed more than 2,611 registrants to view the various sessions.

  • Identify, Intervene: Help Your Loved One with TBI
    U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.

    This article is the second in a three-part series from the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) on helping the loved ones of service members identify the signs of brain injury and mental health issues.

    It’s not always the injured person who notices that something is “off.” In fact, it’s often a spouse or family member who recognizes the signs that something’s wrong. Many times, they are also the first to speak up. That was the case when Army Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Lee’s wife noticed her husband’s abnormal symptoms and took the risk to get him help.

    When you know what a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is, and what may happen as a result of the injury, you are more prepared to help a loved one

  • Annual DOD Psychological Health, TBI Summit Features State of Science
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    Graphic by Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Heath & Traumatic Brain Injury

    The 2017 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Summit themed, “Advances in the State of the Science and Best Practices,” begins Tuesday. The live, virtual summit will run until Thursday. Health care providers, researchers and service members are encouraged to join.

    Registration for the summit will remain open through the event, but it’s a good idea to register as early as possible to secure a spot. View the summit agenda for the full list of presentations to help plan your days.

  • TBI Experts Brief Draft Consensus Statements at MHS Research Symposium
    MHSRS will be held August 27-30, 2017 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL
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    The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DBVIC) and interagency working groups are presenting draft traumatic brain injury (TBI) consensus statements during breakout sessions at the annual Military Health System (MHS) Research Symposium. Their goal is to review the current state of the science for TBI clinical care, distill recent TBI research for use in clinical practice, and identify areas that deserve further investigation.

    Work groups conducted weekly or bi-weekly teleconferences to review evidence and draft consensus statements. Topics were developed, reviewed and approved by the TBI Advisory Committee and support the MHS TBI Pathway of Care.

  • Don’t Let TBI, PTSD Keep You from Academic Success
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    Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

    Returning to school after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be overwhelming. Noisy settings may become problematic, complex tasks may become hard to follow, and socializing with instructors and peers may not come as easy. But if you are a student living with TBI or PTSD, you can still achieve academic success. 

    Common Struggles for Students

    Depending on your injury and where you are in the recovery process, you will likely perform at a different level than before your injury. You may notice new challenges with learning and studying that you didn’t have before. .


  • Experts Discuss How Brain Injury Affects Communication Skills
    U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz

    How a service member communicates with others can change after a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    “People with TBI speak better than they communicate,” said Linda Picon, Department of Veterans Affairs senior consultant and liaison for TBI at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

    Picon and Inbal Eshel, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center senior principal scientist, are a duo with more than 35 years of experience studying and treating TBI patients. They shared with us how TBI can cause communication disorders.