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June 13, 2013
By Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), Dept. of Defense

The Department of Defense has established the world’s first brain tissue repository to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members.

The announcement follows Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury. Secretary Hagel convened a group of senior defense officials, experts in the medical field, and outside organizations to discuss advancements and areas of collaboration regarding traumatic brain injury.

“We have been at war for more than a decade and our men and women have sacrificed,” said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense (health affairs) and director, TRICARE Management Activity. “The military health care system is bringing all the resources it can to better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat traumatic brain injuries and to ensure that service members have productive and long, quality lives. Our research efforts and treatment protocols are all geared toward improving care for these victims. And that will have benefits to the American public, at large.”