The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have partnered to donate over $45 million to fund post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research for the next 5 years. The research effort will be managed by San Antonio’s University of Texas Health Science Center and V.A. National Center for PTSD.
The STRONG STAR Consortium to Alleviate PTSD’s (STRONG STAR-CAP) director, Alan L. Peterson, Ph.D., and professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center, recently announced that the consortium will be providing a series of breakthrough treatments in the form of clinical trials and biological studies for both active and veteran military suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
Peterson said that the consortium will be working towards discovering and enhancing methods of treatment for active and veteran military, with an emphasis on increasing research initiatives to better diagnose and prevent PTSD. Peterson explains that PTSD has long since been deemed a chronic psychiatric condition that is difficult to treat, especially in military veterans who’ve been directly exposed to combat. According to him, although studies on PTSD rarely entertain the possibility of a cure, STRONG-CAP aims to make it a known likelihood.
The consortium’s clinical trials are aimed towards creating programs to treat a large number of active service military until remission or recovery is achieved in order to help them remain fit for military service. These clinical trials will also be recruiting veteran military so they can return to previous states of normal social and occupational functioning.
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