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DVBIC Deputy Director Discusses Mission, Importance of TBI Research

Service members in battle fatigues carry person on stretcher to waiting helicopter
DVBIC research states recent overseas war efforts have more than tripled the annual traumatic brain injury caseload across the Department of Defense. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Summer M. Anderson)

The Defense and Veteran’s Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) provides research and support for treating service members with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). DVBIC shared key aspects of its mission and emphasized its importance during a presentation to scientists and potential partners in their work to combat TBI.

Standing before a select group of scientists and support staff at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick, Deputy Director for DVBIC Katherine Helmick spoke in blunt, immediate terms.

"We need to be doing more, faster," said Helmick during a lunchtime workshop. "Now is truly the time for action."

Helmick's ensuing presentation, an hour-long walkthrough of DVBIC core capabilities and constant quest for potential teaming opportunities, made clear the need for all investigators to understand the size and scope of the traumatic brain injuries problem in general across all military branches, along with the emerging methods available to care for injured patients.

"We've graduated to the point where we're working with high-risk, tip-of-the-spear people," said Helmick. "These are the kind of people whose symptoms are simply not going away."

Read the full article to learn more, and visit the Defense Center of Excellence of Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Blog for more posts on TBI.

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