Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

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The USU – NIH Military TBI Research Group

cnrm homepage photosThe Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) is a USU - NIH military traumatic brain injury research group with the mission of conducting great science to improve outcomes for our Service Members who suffer from TBI. 

Founded in 2008 as a Congressionally-mandated program, CNRM has grown in the last 10 years to include:

  • A total of 71 preclinical and 56 clinical research projects funded by CNRM with 34 of these currently ongoing
  • Ongoing research at 9 locations in the National Capital Area
  • Enrollment of over 5,170 research participants
  • Over 250 publications from CNRM supported projects
  • Over 80 Henry M. Jackson staff members located at USUHS, multiple institutes at the NIH, WRNMMC, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and Suburban Hospital

The past decade of work has positioned CNRM for its next decade, one that carries a new focus on interventional trials in TBI and its co-morbidities, in both preclinical and clinical settings. Under the leadership of Dr. David Brody and Dr. Leighton Chan, CNRM's vision for the future is:

  • In 2 years, CNRM will be actively running multiple studies testing treatments in human patients, and tests of new therapies in animal models that closely mimic studies in human patients
  • In 5 years, CNRM will be fully implementing a scientifically rigorous, well organized, and highly focused military traumatic brain injury research program that has twice the funding current program. Our early of our results will have already started to improve outcomes
  • In 10 years, CNRM will have developed a substantial body of knowledge about what works and what doesn't for military traumatic brain injury patients. This knowledge will be used around the world to improve outcomes

CNRM is committed to excellence in research to advance medical solutions that will improve outcomes for our Service Members who suffer from TBI and its co-morbidities. The Center embraces a set of values by which investigators and staff work toward effective treatments for TBI:

  • A sense of urgency towards improving outcomes for military traumatic brain injury patients
  • Solutions-focused
  • Collaborative with other research groups in the national capital area and around the world
  • Fiscally responsible, generating real world value for tax-payer money
  • Transparent: we will publish and disseminate all of our findings, regardless of whether the treatments work or not

Solving the problem of TBI is not a solo effort; it will take the active participation of our investigators and staff as well as our partners within DoD, the US, and abroad, and, most importantly, those men and women who volunteer to participate in our studies, to find effective therapies. Together, we can all make a difference in TBI research.


Together We Can Make A Difference