The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is the US Department of Defense's medical school. It is located in Bethesda, Maryland across Wisconsin Ave from the main campus of the National Institutes of Health. In addition to awarding medical degrees, the University has graduate programs in the life sciences including neuroscience, medical and clinical psychology and public health. The Traumatic Injury Research Program is based in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine. Its facilities include a recently constructed, state-of-the-art EEG/ERP laboratory. Our contract information is located at the bottom of this webpage.
This research program is directed to the development of improved methods for the diagnosis and longitudinal assessment of traumatic brain injury based on the dynamical analysis of EEGs (electroencephalograms) and ERPs (event-related brain potentials). EEGs and ERPs are being obtained from healthy control participants and from individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injury. It has been hypothesized that neurological and psychological deficits following traumatic brain injury can result from abnormalities in inter-regional central nervous system synchronization. Investigation of this hypothesis is a core element of our program. One of the important clinical foci of our work is the early differential diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury that progresses either to a presentation of depression or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).