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Brain tissue bank set up to further research of TBI in soldiers

One type of injury that has been getting an increasing amount of attention as of late are traumatic brain injuries. Such brain injuries can have many effects on a person. For example, traumatic brain injuries can sometimes impair a person's ability to perform certain tasks. Thus, traumatic brain injuries can impact a person's ability to work. One action an individual will sometimes take when they have a traumatic brain injury that impairs their ability to work is to pursue Social Security Disability benefits.

Recently, the U.S. Defense Department set up a new research resource for this impactful type of injury. The research resource in question is a brain tissue repository. The repository reportedly is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

The repository is in Bethesda, Maryland and it is being funded through federal funds. According to the article which reported this story, the repository is called the "Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine Brain Tissue Repository for Traumatic Brain Injury."

Reportedly, one of the main goals of the repository is to further the research of traumatic brain injuries in soldiers. One thing in particular the repository reportedly is aimed at looking at is the connection between head trauma and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

One wonders what research gains this new research resource for traumatic brain injuries will ultimately yield. It will be interesting to see if the research conducted at the repository leads to any discoveries or innovations that benefit soldiers with traumatic brain injuries and civilian traumatic brain injury sufferers.

Source:, "DOD establishes brain tissue bank," Luke Funk, June 14, 2013

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