The Pentagon is going above and beyond its efforts to research a cure for brain injury and to better diagnostic techniques. The Department Of Defense is going ahead with the launch of the world’s first brain tissue repository. The initiative is aimed at helping researchers understand the causes of brain injury affecting service members, as well as to devise better treatment for victims.
According to the Department Of Defense, several hundred thousands of service members have suffered traumatic brain injuries in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those brain injuries have led to a number of spiraling consequences and included traumatic stress disorder, sleep and anxiety-related disorders and behavior problems, difficulties in concentration, memory problems and mood disorders. Service members who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are also at a much higher risk of committing suicide.
However, although many of these conditions have been linked to traumatic brain injury, it is difficult to determine the critical role played by TBI in contributing to these conditions. According to the Department Of Defense, it’s important to understand these factors and their role in traumatic brain injury, which is why the military has come up with the repository.
The Brain Tissue Repository for Traumatic Brain Injury has been established at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda in Maryland. The repository is now part of the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine.
The repository will contain the brains of service members, and the Pentagon is hoping that family members will donate the brains of deceased service members. The brain tissue will be used to study the effect of blast exposure on the brain.