Second Annual San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference to feature latest research, leaders in the field

San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 6, 2017) ― Top researchers from around the country will join mental health professionals and others interested in improving care for the psychological wounds of war at the Second Annual San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference on Oct. 18-19.

Presented by the STRONG STAR Consortium and Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP), two federally funded research networks led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the combat PTSD conference will feature national experts discussing the state-of-the-science with some of the military’s most pressing mental health issues. The conference will focus on emerging outcomes and ongoing scientific research on the assessment and treatment of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring conditions in military service members and veterans.

“This annual conference offers a rare opportunity to hear directly from the leading experts about the latest research on combat-related PTSD and other psychological challenges that many of our veterans and active-duty military personnel face,” said Alan Peterson, Ph.D., director of STRONG STAR and CAP and professor of psychiatry at the university, also called UT Health San Antonio.

Together, STRONG STAR and CAP comprise the world’s largest research group focused on combat-PTSD and related conditions. More than 150 collaborating investigators from over 40 military, Veterans Affairs, and civilian institutions are involved in the research. The San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference started as a means of disseminating knowledge and findings from the network’s more than 40 clinical trials and research studies and has since grown to include additional leaders in the field.

Attendees and featured speakers at the San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference will include experts from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, the VA’s National Center for PTSD, UT Health San Antonio and other top universities, including the developers of the most widely accepted evidence-based therapies for PTSD.

During two days of presentations, breakout sessions and networking at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, the conference will feature:

  • Leading researchers presenting new findings on the treatment of combat-related PTSD
  • Presentations on suicide, insomnia and nightmares, comorbid substance abuse and more
  • Special presentations on biomarkers of PTSD
  • Opportunities for attendees to network and consult with leading researchers

For more information about the conference, visit The full conference program is here: And to learn more about STRONG STAR and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, visit

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