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TBICoE Research

TBICoE supports a network of military treatment facilities and Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers with traumatic brain injury (TBI) research initiatives, including gap-driven analyses and Congressionally-directed programs such as the Section 721 Longitudinal Study of TBI and Section 734 investigation into the effects of blast exposure on Warfighter Brain Health and Performance. TBICoE's extensive internal and external collaborations allow for clinical innovation and research along the continuum of care of TBI: from initial injury to acute and post-acute medical settings, rehabilitation, and ultimately a return to family, community and work or continued duty.  

Beyond conducting research, TBICoE also periodically reviews available peer-reviewed scientific literature to summarize the state-of-the-science, consensus of medical approaches, as well as existing and new evidence of TBI research. Many of those documents are showcased below.

TBICoE Research Gaps and Priorities (2022-2024)

TBICoE Research Reviews

The following TBICoE research reviews are fluid areas of investigation and provide an overview on specific topics of interest related to TBI research. These reviews will be updated as new research emerges.

Multiple Traumatic Brain Injury/Multiple Concussion

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

TBICoE Congressional Reporting

Many of TBICoE’s drivers include mandates from Congress within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In response to and in accordance with the requirements of these mandates, a number of reports have been submitted to Congress and are available in the public record.

NDAA FY20 Sec 750 Report to Congress: Study and Report on Traumatic Brain Injury Mitigation Efforts

A study and report on TBI mitigation efforts. This report summarizes the DOD’s findings that assessed 30 unique TBI treatments published between 2015 and 2020, and provides a roadmap addressing TBI mitigation efforts.

NDAA FY19 on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

A study and report on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) research in the military. This report summarizes key knowledge gaps between CTE and traumatic brain injury, and outlines CTE-relevant initiatives pursued through research collaborations across Government agencies, academia, and leading research institutions.

NDAA FY18 Sec 734 Report to Congress: Longitudinal Medical Study on Blast Pressure Exposure of Members of the Armed Forces

Longitudinal medical study on Blast Exposure Pressure of Members of the Armed Forces. The Section 734 Program is inclusive of the following mandates: NDAA FY18 Section 734, NDAA FY19 Section 253, NDAA FY20 Section 717, and NDAA FY20 Section 742.

NDAA FY07 Sec 721 Report to Congress: Longitudinal Study on Traumatic Brain Injury Incurred by Members of the Armed Forces in OIF/OEF

Fifteen-year longitudinal study on health effects related to TBI incurred by members of the Armed Forces in OIF/OEF and their families.

TBICoE Publications

Since 1992, TBICoE has published over 700 peer reviewed manuscripts in collaboration with other institutions, which actively align and respond to trends, gaps, and priorities of the Defense Health Agency or broader Department of Defense to inform policy, resource management, and state of the science for warfighters, veterans, their families and caregivers, and healthcare providers.

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2013 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/10/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

2010 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/10/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

2009 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/10/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions

2008 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/10/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

2018 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/10/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

2017 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/10/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future

2004 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/6/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

2002 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/6/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions

2001 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/6/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions

2000 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/6/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division

2003 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/6/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

2005 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/6/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | TBI Educators | TBI Provider Resources | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Patient and Family Resources | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

2006 DoD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
8/6/2020

DVBIC is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking TBI data in the U.S. military. On this page you’ll find annual and quarterly reports that provide data on the number of active-duty service members — anywhere U.S. forces are located — with a first-time TBI diagnosis since 2000.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | TBI Educators | TBI Provider Resources | DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers | Patient and Family Resources | TBICoE Research | A Head for the Future | Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Defense Medical Surveillance System | Surveillance Case Definitions | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

TBI Hot Topics Bulletin May 2020

Publication
8/4/2020

Are you a busy health care provider? Not enough time to keep up with research? Stay informed with the TBI Hot Topics Bulletin. We track the latest TBI scientific studies, advances, and discoveries most relevant to health care providers. This issue covers the first quarter of calendar year 2020.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | TBI Educators | TBI Provider Resources | TBICoE Research | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Research & Innovation

TBICoE Research Review: Multiple TBI/Multiple Concussion

Publication
8/4/2020

Prior history of TBI may predispose an individual to increased risk of subsequent TBI, which may result from less force, and lengthier recovery from post-injury symptoms. Activities such as contact sports and military service carry particular risk for multiple TBI. In addition to acute post-injury difficulties, cumulative TBI may increase the risk of chronic cognitive and functional impairment. Conservative management of post-injury symptoms as part of a medically monitored, progressive plan for returning to activities is recommended for individuals with a history of TBI.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | TBICoE Research
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