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Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

Welcome to the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM), the USU/NIH military traumatic brain injury (TBI) research group. Our mission is to conduct great science to improve outcomes for military Service Members who suffer from TBI. Founded in 2008 as a Congressionally mandated program, CNRM has grown in the last ten years to include: 

  • A total of 73 translational and 58 clinical research projects funded by CNRM, since its inception, with 31 currently ongoing
  • Ongoing research at 11 locations in the National Capital Area
  • Enrollment of over 7,500 research participants
  • Over 250 publications from CNRM supported projects
  • Over 100 HJF employees located at the Uniformed Services University (USU), multiple Institute's at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USU Twinbrook, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH), Washington Hospital Center, and Suburban Hospital


The past decade has positioned CNRM for its next decade, one that carries a new focus on interventional trials in TBI and its comorbidities. Under the direction of Dr. David Brody and Dr. Leighton Chan, CNRM’s vision for the future includes bold and exciting new directions in both translational and clinical research. 

  • By 2020, CNRM will actively run multiple studies testing treatments in human patients, and tests of new therapies in animal models that closely mimic studies in human patients.
  • By 2023, CNRM will fully implement a scientifically rigorous, well-organized, and highly focused military TBI research program that has twice the funding of our current program. Our early results will have already started to improve outcomes.
  • By 2028, CNRM develop a substantial body of knowledge about what treatment works and what does not for military TBI patients. This knowledge will be used around the world to improve outcomes.


CNRM embraces a set of values by which investigators and staff work toward effective treatments for TBI. 

  • Urgency: We maintain a sense of urgency towards improving outcomes for military TBI patients
  • Solutions-focused: We focus our efforts on research that makes a difference in the lives of those with TBI
  • Collaborative: We partner with other leading research groups in the National Capital Area and around the world 
  • Transparency: We publish and disseminate all findings, regardless of whether the treatments work or not
  • Fiscally responsible: We generate real world value for taxpayer money

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 U.S., and abroad, and, most importantly, the men and women who volunteer to participate in our studies. Together, we can all make a difference in TBI research.