We applaud the Department of Defense, which has established the world’s first brain tissue repository to help researchers in their understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among service members.
“Little is known about the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury on military service members,” said Dr. Daiel Perl, a neuropathologist and Director of the brain tissue repository. “By studying these tissues, along with access to clinical information associated with them, we hope to more rapidly address the biologic mechanisms by which head trauma leads to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).”
CTE is a condition that disturbs function and appears to lead to symptoms seen in individuals who suffer multiple head trauma – such as football players and boxers.
Findings from the newly-established repository will help researchers find better treatments for those affected by traumatic brain injuries as well as develop strategies to potentially prevent these injuries from occurring in the first place.
We wish the DOD Godspeed.