PTSD Research Consortium Forms to Find Answers

Image courtesy of the VA Research on PTSD.

Most any combat veteran will tell you – teamwork is essential for survival and victory on the field of battle. The same holds true in the field of science and research.

So it’s encouraging news that a collaboration of scientists, researchers and physicians are teaming up to find the answers about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Their focus is twofold:

  • Developing a process to diagnose PTSD based on objective, clinical data such as bio-markers and neuro-imaging.
  • Creating treatment protocols that are objective and personalized and complement current subjective evaluation and treatment.

Draper Laboratory formed the consortium of nationally-recognized experts on PTSD. Dr. Len Polizzotto, Draper’s vice president, is  in charge of the program.

PTSD Consortium Team:

  • Dr. Roger Pitman, Dr. Mohammed Milad, and Dr. Scott Orr of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School;
  • Dr. Martha Elizabeth Shenton of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Dr. David Diamond of University of South Florida and the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL;
  • Dr. Ann Rasmusson and Dr. Jennifer Vasterling of the National Center for PTSD, Boston University School of Medicine, and VA Boston Healthcare System;
  • Dr. Paula Schnurr and Dr. Matthew Friedman of the National Center for PTSD and Dartmouth College; Dr. Israel Liberzon of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and University of Michigan;
  • Dr. Tom Neylan of the San Francisco VA Medical Center and University of California-San Francisco;
  • Dr. Kerry Ressler of Emory University and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center;
  • Dr. Tania Roth of University of Delaware;
  • Dr. Lisa Shin of Tufts University;
  • Dr. Rachel Yehuda of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, NY;
  • Dr. Karestan Koenen of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health;
  • Dr. Len Polizzotto, Dr. Nirmal Keshava and Dr. Andrea Webb of Draper Laboratory.

“No one of us could do this alone, but collaboratively, we will be able to create a solution to one of the most expensive healthcare problems our nation is facing in both cost and human toll,” said Dr. David Diamond, Psychology Professor at the University of South Florida in a written news release.

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One Response

  1. A right way to affront, diagnose and care the helth problem known as PTSD. I concorde with this procedure, that drive to a right disgnosis and a tempestive care. I thanks the team for that also on name of veterans. claudio alpaca

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