PTSD and TBI at the VISN 20 MIRECC
PTSD and TBI Research at NW MIRECC
As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Integrated Service Network 20 (VISN 20), the Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (NW MIRECC) improves the health and well-being of Veterans by developing, evaluating, and disseminating novel and effective treatments for military posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its complex comorbidities.
The most prominent of these comorbidities is repetitive blast mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI); others are alcohol use disorder (AUD), chronic pain (in particular, post-concussive headaches), cognitive impairment, and increased risk for neurodegenerative disorders (chronic traumatic encephalopathy [CTE] and Alzheimer’s disease [AD]).
VA is the world's leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress.
PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event.
If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.
Participate in research: Research studies at NW MIRECC are currently enrolling Military Veterans, First Responders, Health Care workers, and Civilians in Seattle, Washington. Veterans who have experienced a variety of service-related conditions, including;
➤ Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
➤ Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), which is also called a concussion
➤ Headaches or other conditions that might start after an mTBI or concussion
➤ Gulf War Illness
➤ Dementia and neurodegeneration, including mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
➤ Drug abuse and dependence
➤ Stresses related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic
Whether you are currently on Active-Duty with the U.S. Armed Forces, a Veteran, or someone who has never worn the uniform, you can participate in NW MIRECC research in Seattle, Washington.
The knowledge produced by NW MIRECC research efforts is disseminated through web-based and face-to-face educational offerings nationwide and directly implemented in our specialty clinics throughout the Northwest. This collaborative approach to mental health has had a profound impact on the lives of Veterans.
Learn through MIRECC Presents and enhance your skills and understanding of mental health issues affecting Veterans. The webinars for MIRECC Presents are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month from October to June, between Noon and 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (3-4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)
VA ranks as one of the nation's leaders in health research. These research studies have significantly contributed to advancements in our understanding of medical problems that have led to health improvements for Veterans and civilians alike. Most notably, staff at the NW MIRECC pioneered the use of the blood pressure medication prazosin to treat trauma-related nightmares, one of the most common symptoms of military PTSD. Due in part to our educational outreach efforts, this medication is now prescribed to over 100,000 Veterans and active-duty Servicemembers, and we continue to investigate its usefulness for other psychiatric conditions that are common in Veterans.
At the NW MIRECC, we continue to strive to improve the health and well-being of the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans. For more information, please call or visit us in Seattle, Washington and/or Portland, Oregon.