The DoD/VA collaboration, which was announced today in a public email (below) from the CDMRP public affairs office, will apparently involve better understanding the long-term effects of neurotrauma related to Traumatic Brain Injury, and alleviating the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The two projects announced today are "consortia" awards, which involve medical researchers from multiple disciplines and/or institutions collaborating in efforts to achieve what lone researchers may not be able to achieve alone.
Consideration of "consortia" medical research for the CDMRP Gulf War Illness (GWI) Research Program is currently in progress. It remains to be seen to what level VA and CDMRP will be able to collaborate with this bold new venture.
The GWI CDMRP mission is focused on finding treatments, and better understanding GWI's underlying pathobiology, in order to improve the health and lives of veterans suffering from GWI.
Official estimates are that roughly one-third of the 697,000 U.S. veterans of the 1991 Gulf War -- and other U.S. forces -- suffer from GWI. Currently, treatment is limited to alleviating symptoms. It is hoped that federal medical research efforts, which were refocused on developing treatments in recent years for the underlying neurological and other physiological damage, will be successful.
From: CDMRP Communications
Date: September 10, 2012 11:18:59 AM CDT
Subject: JUST RELEASED! FY12 DoD Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program Announcement
Two Collaborative DoD/VA Consortia Award Program Announcements1) Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) Award2) Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP) AwardThe Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) Defense Appropriations Act provides research funding for the peer reviewed programs managed by the Department of Defense (DoD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).This e-mail is to notify the research community of these recently released funding opportunities from the PH/TBI RP.Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunities, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the respective Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from theGrants.gov website (http://www.grants.gov), the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil/
funding/prgdefault.shtml) and the CDMRP eReceipt System (https://cdmrp.org).------------------------------ ------------------------------ ----------Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program-Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) Award-Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP) AwardAll funding opportunities, both recently and as previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.