Pentagon officials announce the establishment of the world’s first brain tissue repository established by the Defense Department.  This repository will aid researchers to understand the underlying mechanisms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members with the goal of providing a better understanding of how to prevent, diagnose, and treat traumatic brain injuries and to ensure that servicemembers have productive and long, quality lives. Dr. Daniel Perl, a neuropathologist and the director of the repository states, “Little is known about the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury on military service members.

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.” Research from the repository may provide information that will help the estimated 266,810 servicemembers and veterans throughout the United States who have sustained a TBI, including those in North Carolina.

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