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.