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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention - Kelly Stearns-Yoder

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Updated: 8 March 2018


Kelly Stearns-YoderKelly Stearns-Yoder
Lab Manager
Contact information:
303.399.8020 ext. 6103

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Recent Publications

Persistent Symptoms and Objectively Measured Balance Performance Among OEF/OIF Veterans With Remote Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
27 February 2018 - RMIRECC authors Jeri Forster PhD, Kelly Stearns-Yoder MA, and Lisa Brenner PhD participated in writing this paper along with colleagues from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. This study explored the relationships between dizziness, fatigue, and depression and PTSD and balance in Veterans with mTBI. "Findings suggest that dizziness, fatigue, depression and PTSD, and time since most recent mTBI may influence balance performance." Read more
Brenner LA, Stearns-Yoder KA, Hoffberg AS, Penzenik ME, Starosta AJ, Hernández TD, Hadidi DA, Lowry CA. Growing literature but limited evidence: A systematic review regarding prebiotic and probiotic interventions for those with traumatic brain injury and/or posttraumatic stress disorder. Brain Behav Immun. 2017 Jun 9. pii: S0889-1591(17)30192-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2017.06.003.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is highly prevalent among a wide range of populations, including civilians, military personnel, and Veterans. TBI sequelae may be further exacerbated by symptoms associated with frequently occurring comorbid psychiatric conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is particularly true among the population of military personnel from recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, with a history of mild TBI (mTBI) and PTSD. The need for efficacious treatments for TBI and comorbid PTSD is significant, and evidence-based interventions for these frequently co-occurring conditions are limited. Based on findings suggesting that inflammation may be an underlying mechanism of both conditions, anti-inflammatory/immunoregulatory agents, including probiotics, may represent a novel strategy to treat TBI and/or PTSD-related symptoms. The focus of this systematic review was to identify and evaluate existing research regarding prebiotic and probiotic interventions for the populations of individuals with a history of TBI and/or PTSD. Only 4 studies were identified (3 severe TBI, 1 PTSD, 0 co-occurring TBI and PTSD). Although findings suggested some promise, work in this area is nascent and results to date do not support some claims within the extensive coverage of probiotics in the popular press. Published by Elsevier Inc.
KEYWORDS: Bifidobacteria; Lactobacilli; PTSD; Persistent post-concussive symptoms; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Prebiotic; Probiotic; Synbiotic; Systematic review; TBI; Traumatic brain injury
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Research Projects

Immune Activation and the Polytrauma Clinical Triad Research Study
Research Study Leader: Amy Starosta, PhD
Research Study Co-Leader: Lisa Brenner, PhD
Description: This a cross-sectional study examining the relationship between inflammation and symptoms of chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and persistent post concussive symptoms following traumatic brain injury. We are seeking male Veterans between the ages of 18-45 to attend one study session at the Denver VA. Participants will complete questionnaires and provide a blood sample.
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