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$3.1M award granted to UNM-VA researchers

David Lynch
November 03, 2017 07:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new collaboration between the University of New Mexico’s Department of Psychiatry and the New Mexico VA Health Care System will seek ways to help returning service members experiencing mild Traumatic Brain Injury through the study of an “innovative electrical brain stimulation technique,” according to a university press release.

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The study is being made possible by a $3.1 million award by the U.S. Department of Defense, according to the release.

The release states that about 20 percent of returning military members suffer from mTBI. The joint effort is set to begin clinical trials this year, to see if symptoms can be reduced or abolished through a combination of traditional rehab and “high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation.”

University staff say they hope the research goes beyond helping military members coping with mTBI.

“We expect that not only will this stimulation be able to reduce sensory post-concussive symptoms, it also will improve attention and memory, and lead to better long-term quality of life for participants,” Davin Quinn, principal investigator in the study, is quoted as saying in the release.

The research will involve about 80 participants with mTBI.

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