Pursuit of a cure for PTSD gets a major boost

WHAT: A major announcement about research on combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Military service members and veterans will benefit from significant new funding for this critical area of research.

WHEN: 11:15 a.m. today (Monday, Aug 12, 2013)

WHERE: Academic & Administration Building (AAB), UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.

WHO: Alan L. Peterson, Ph.D., director of the STRONG STAR research consortium on PTSD. Dr. Peterson is also a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and a professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center.

NOTES: Since 2008, the UT Health Science Center has been home to STRONG STAR, the largest research program ever undertaken to help U.S. armed force cope with combat-related traumatic stress. Under the Health Science Center’s leadership, STRONG STAR brings together world-class researchers from across the nation.



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The South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience, or STRONG STAR, is a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program to develop and evaluate the most effective early interventions possible for the detection, prevention and treatment of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in active-duty military personnel and recently discharged veterans. Under the leadership of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and based in South-Central Texas, the STRONG STAR Consortium brings together the expertise of a world-class team of military, civilian and VA institutions and investigators and one of the largest populations of active-duty and recently discharged Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation New Dawn combat veterans in the nation. With the critical mass of talent required to make major scientific advances in military PTSD research, STRONG STAR investigators hope to improve countless lives by preventing the development of chronic PTSD in a new generation of veterans. For more information, visit www.strongstar.org.

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