DoD grants $33 million for post-traumatic stress study

WHAT: Announcement of a $33 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for a landmark study of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 20

WHERE: Academic and Administration Building at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus), 7703 Floyd Curl Drive; the press conference will be in Classroom 110

Who: Expected speakers:
–Alan L. Peterson, Ph.D., consortium director, professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, retired lieutenant colonel, U.S. Air Force
–Col. Wayne Talcott, Ph.D., commander of 59th Mental Health Squadron at Wilford Hall Medical Center
–Col. Kathryn Gaylord, R.N., Ph.D., partnering principal investigator from Brooke Army Medical Center
–William L. Henrich, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, UT Health Science Center San Antonio
–U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, Texas Congressional District 20
–U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, Texas Congressional District 28

NOTES: This grant will fund “STRONG STAR,” a five-year program conducted by military, civilian and VA institutions and investigators. The goal is to develop effective interventions to detect, prevent and treat combat-related PTSD in active-duty and recently discharged members of the armed forces.


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