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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Project Title: Research to Improve Emotional Health and Quality of Life of Service Members with Disabilities (RESTORE LIVES)

Kevin Kip, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Interim Associate Dean for Research, USF College of Nursing

Project Description: This research consists of 5 sub-studies within the Research to Rehabilitate/Restore the Lives of Veterans, Service Members and their Families (RESTORE LIVES Center). This Center is housed in the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida (USF), in Tampa.

Dr. Kevin Kip, Executive Director of Research at the USF College of Nursing is the Principal Investigator. The focus of the 5 sub-studies to be carried out within a 2-year performance period is to collect clinical, epidemiological, and biological data and evaluate treatment protocols to complement services to the VA Healthcare System, TRICARE, and U.S. service members and veterans at large.

These sub-studies will focus on service members and veterans with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Collaborators: James A. Haley Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, and the University at Albany, SUNY, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense with assistance from Representatives Kathy Castor and Senator Mel Martinez.

Funding Source: US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)

Funding: $2,108,000

Funding Period: September 8, 2010 - October 7, 2012

For more information about these studies, please contact:

Dr. Kevin Kip, Email: kkip@health.usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-9266

Website: health.usf.edu/nocms/nursing/restore-lives/


Project Title: Neural Mechanisms and Therapeutics in Animal Model of PTSD

David Diamond, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, USF Department of Psychology

Description: Traumatic stress, which is commonly experienced during combat, can produce long-lasting emotional and mental disturbances, including depression and PTSD. Veterans with mood and anxiety disorders also have a high rate of hospitalization from secondary health-related problems, such as heart disease. Therefore, we need to conduct research to improve our understanding of the physiological basis of traumatic stress.

To work toward achieving this goal the proposed research involves psychosocial stress in rats which produces PTSD-like responses at behavioral, pharmacological and physiological levels. This research will apply our established animal model of PTSD to improve our understanding of the neurobiological basis of the pathological effects of stress on brain and behavior to develop more effective pharmacotherapy for veterans with PTSD.

Collaborators: James A. Haley VA Hospital

Funding Source: VA Merit Review Award

Funding: $600,000

For more information:

David Diamond, Email: ddiamond@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-0480



Project Title: Physiological markers of combat-related PTSD and mTBI

Principle Investigator: Kristen Salomon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Project Description: This project will study OEF/OIF/OND Veterans to determine how best to utilize autonomic and cognitive psychophysiology to distinguish individuals who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from those who have PTSD and mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Results will be used to improve screening and diagnosis of veterans with such disorders.

Collaborators: Paula Chapman, Ph.D., Center of Excellence: Maximizing Rehabilitation Outcomes, James A Haley Polytrauma Center and Veterans Hospital; Geoff Potts, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology; Cynthia Cimino, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology; Charles Stark Draper Laboratories, Tampa, FL

Funding Source: USF Grant

Funding: $40,000

Funding Period: May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2013

For more information:

Kristen Salomon, Ph.D, Email: ksalomon@usf.edu Phone (813) 974-4922

Website: psychology.usf.edu/faculty/ksalomon/


Project Title: Battlefield–Related Injury Translational Research, Post-Traumatic Disease and Disability – Veterans Reintegration Strategy

David Diamond, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, USF Department of Psychology

Description: This project is designed to enhance our effectiveness at treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) in soldiers by using an animal model of TBI. We will study in rats how drug and stem cell treatments may ameliorate motor and cognitive deficits produced by TBI.

To work toward achieving this goal the proposed research involves psychosocial stress in rats which produces PTSD-like responses at behavioral, pharmacological and physiological levels. This research will apply our established animal model of PTSD to improve our understanding of the neurobiological basis of the pathological effects of stress on brain and behavior to develop more effective pharmacotherapy for veterans with PTSD.

Funding Source: Department of Defense

Funding: $1,350,000

For more information:

David Diamond, Email: ddiamond@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-0480


Project Title: G-CSF, Stem Cell and Dietary Treatments in an Animal Model of TBI

David Diamond, Ph.D. & Borlongan, Principal Investigators, USF Department of Psychology

Description: This project examines the influence of stress, diet and drug treatments in rats on the outcome of traumatic brain injury. This work is designed to provide insight into environmental and pharmacological factors that may influence the outcome of combat-related brain injury.

Funding Source: USF Intramural Award from the Neuroscience Collaborative Program and Veterans Reintegration Committee

Funding: $90,000

For more information:

David Diamond, Email: ddiamond@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-0480


General Martin Steele's Testimony

Describing USF's efforts on mental health care for veterans presented to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, July 10, 2014 and on CSPAN.


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Committee Membership:
The USF Veterans Reintegration Steering Committee is co-Chaired by Lt. General Martin Steele (USMC Retired), Associate Vice President for Veterans Research, Executive Director, USF Military Partnerships and Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., USF Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation.

Lt. General Martin Steele (USMC Retired)
Associate Vice President for Veterans Research
Executive Director, USF Military Partnerships
 
Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation

Committee members from USF include representatives of six colleges (Arts & Sciences, Behavioral and Community Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and The Arts), USF Office of Veterans Services, Undergraduate Studies, USF Division of Research & Innovation and the USF/Draper Laboratories collaborative. Committee members from the VA represent the Veterans Integrated Services Network 8 (VISN-8) including the James A. Haley VA Hospital. The Department of Defense has representation from Strategic Operations Command at MacDill AFB.   » VR Steering Committee



 

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