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About the Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center
Tackling PTSD and TBI at the VISN 20 Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical CenterThe Veterans Health Administration (VHA), within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), operates one of the nation's largest health care systems. The VHA is comprised of eighteen Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) that manage and oversee 172 medical centers and other medical facilities.
As part of the 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]).
The knowledge produced by Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (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. 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 Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, we continue to strive to improve the health and well-being of Our Veterans. Please exploreour site and, for more information, please call or visit us in Seattle, Washington and/or Portland, Oregon.
Get involved with Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (NW MIRECC)
Participate in research: the Veterans Affairs 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. Whether you are currently on active duty, a Veteran, or someone who has never worn the uniform, you can participate in NW MIRECC research in Seattle, Washington.
Learn through MIRECC Presents: enhance your skills and understanding of mental health issues affecting Veterans by attending MIRECC Presents. MIRECC Presents is held on the first and third Wednesday of each month from October to June, between Noon and 1:00pm PST / 3-4pm EST.