Brain Injury Professional - CENC

Brain Injury Professional, vol 14, issue 1. Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium article, read here.
CENC Attends Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, March 22, COL Hinds, Alison Molitor and Lauren Nagasugi represented CENC at Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill presented by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. Brain injury advocates from across the country attended the event to discuss the effects of brain injury, research being conducted to study it, and resources available for survivors and their families.

The day centered around an awareness fair, where attendees had the opportunity to interact with TBI survivors and families, along with other organizations dedicated to studying and improving quality of life for TBI survivors. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, was on hand to meet with attendees and answer their questions. Guests also had the opportunity to hear from a panel of TBI experts in research, policy, programming, and advocacy. The day concluded with a reception for attendees.

The Congressional Brain Injury Task Force is designed to promote the funding of the TBI Act, as well as other brain injury research. To learn more about the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, visit https://pascrell.house.gov/issues/brain-injury-task-force.
CENC visits Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center

CENC leaders traveled to meet with leaders at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Ft. Gordon recently to discuss potential collaboration opportunities. The two are working together to send Service Members from Ft. Gordon to participate in the CENC Longitudinal Study.
CENC participants show dedication to research

CENC study participants go above and beyond in their dedication to our research. A participant who had relocated since entering the longitudinal study recently traveled across country to complete his in-person follow-up visit. While CENC covered the travel costs, the participant took several days out of his busy life so that he would not miss his scheduled assessment. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our study participants, we are able to get important scientific data even if they move. This allows us to continue rigorously studying the lasting effects of neurotrauma and ultimately better treat our nation’s Service Members and Veterans.
Happy Holidays from CENC!

Happy holidays from all of us here at CENC! 2016 was a great year for the Consortium. All of our studies continued their successful research to better care for Veterans and Service Members with concussions. Numerous papers published and many talks (link the word papers and the word talks to presentations page) were given about the ground-breaking research of our CENC investigators. Our Longitudinal Cohort Study reached an important milestone, as they recruited their 700th participant this year. Additionally, the first CENC study to be completed – ADAPT/EVOLVE – concluded enrollment with 94 participants. We could not have done this without your support, and we look forward to a successful 2017 and beyond!
ADAPT Study Completes Recruitment

Dr. Christine Mac Donald’s ADAPT study officially finalized recruitment in August 2016. The study recruited two groups of subjects – those who sustained a concussion during deployment and those without a history of blast exposure and no diagnosis of brain injury from deployment. This study was a follow up to previous efforts that looked at Service Members who were between zero and 90 days post-concussion. Through follow up visits with a subset of those participants, Mac Donald’s goal was to investigate advanced MRI and clinical outcome measures three to five years after their initial concussion. Learn more about the study here.
Longitudinal Study Expands to Four New Sites

The CENC Longitudinal Study has added four new sites to recruit participants. VA Medical Centers at Minneapolis, Minn., Boston, Mass., and Portland, Ore. are set to begin recruitment later this year. The new site at Ft. Belvoir, Va. is actively recruiting participants now. To join a CENC Study, contact us at cenc@vcuhealth.org, or call 804-828-4230..
Dr. Cifu to participate in TBI and CTE panel with Dr. Bennet Omalu and VA Office of Health Equity

Join Consortium Director and PI of CENC, Dr. David Cifu, on June 30 from 3-4 p.m. EST, as he participates in a cyberseminar panel with Dr. Bennet Omalu, the researcher whose work inspired the 2015 movie, Concussion, and other Veterans Affairs TBI and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) experts. The panelists will focus on TBI-related morbidity and mortality amongst vulnerable Veteran groups.

For more information, and to register, click here.
Dr. Cifu and Dr. McKee speak before U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee

Dr. David Cifu, consortium director and PI of CENC, and Dr. Ann McKee, head of the CENC Neuropathology Core, participated in a roundtable discussion on concussion research and treatment in Washington, D.C. on March 14. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hosted the roundtable with experts from a variety of fields including the medical, military, athletic, and research communities. You can read more about the discussion and watch the forum here.
Longitudinal Study reaches recruitment milestones

Scientists know a great deal about what happens to a person immediately following a traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, not much is known about the effects of mild TBI (mTBI) later in life, making the CENC Longitudinal Study an important one. This study’s goal is to follow a group of Service Members who have sustained at least one mTBI and a smaller group of Service Members with no history of mTBI over the period of five years to examine the potential long-term effects of mTBI on physical and mental health.

Subject recruitment began in late 2014 and is ongoing across four sites: Richmond, Va., Tampa, Fla., Houston and San Antonio, with additions of Ft. Belvoir, Va. and Portland, Ore. planned for later in 2016. To date at the beginning of April, 345 participants have been enrolled in the study, putting the study team well on pace to reach their recruitment goal of 1,100 on time or ahead of schedule. In March of 2016, the four currently active study sites broke all previous months’ records for recruitment.

To learn how you can participate in this study, e-mail cenc@vcu.edu, and for more information on the project, please visit the Longitudinal Study webpage or the CENC Facebook page.