Dr. Stuart Hoffman: September 10, 2019

RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI) IN OUR NATION’S VETERANS

**SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL TBI AWARENESS MONTH**

 

Dr. Stuart Hoffman

Scientific Program Manager, Office of Research & Development, Department of Veterans Affairs

 

With September being national TBI Month, it is an important time to understand the common causes and symptoms of traumatic brain injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define a traumatic brain injury as ‘a disruption to the normal function of the brain…’. Veterans and service members, however, may have additional factors that contribute to this such as exposures to a blast from either combat or from training.

As Veterans return from deployment, they may show early signs that could indicate TBI, such as headaches, irritability, sleep disorders, memory problems, slower thinking, and depression. These symptoms can lead to long-term mental and physical health problems that impairs Veterans’ daily activities, such as employment and family relationships, as well as their re-integration into their communities.

The Department of Defense (DoD) estimates that 22 percent of all combat casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan are brain injuries. VA has treated over 95,000 OEF/OIF Veterans with the diagnosis of TBI. On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Dr. Hoffman is available for live interviews to discuss the results of recent research conducted by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, how Veterans may be more heavily affected than others, and what course of treatment is available.

For more information please visit www.research.va.gov

 

 

MORE ABOUT DR. HOFFMAN:

Stuart W. Hoffman, Ph.D., is the Program Manager for Brain Health & Injury Portfolio in the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the senior scientific advisor for brain injury in the Office of Research and Development and he is responsible for coordinating TBI research activities and policy both within VA and across other federal agencies. Dr. Hoffman serves on several intra- and interagency advisory committees for VA and DoD, including the co-chair of DoD-VA Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Government Steering Committee. In addition, Dr. Hoffman is the VA representative on the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders.

Dr. Hoffman received his doctoral degree in behavioral and molecular neuroscience at Rutgers University and completed his postdoctoral training in pharmacology at Virginia Commonwealth University. His professional career began at Emory University as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and then became an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine from 2000 to 2006. Prior to joining the VA in 2010, he was the Research Director for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hoffman has more than 30 years of translational neuroscience research experience and intellectual property development that focused on neuroprotection and methods to promote recovery of function after brain injury.

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