We, the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM), were created to address the current and future needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) by studying blast-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS).
The U.S. Congress appropriated funding for us in 2008 (Public Law 110-252), in response to the alarming number of blast-related TBIs sustained by Service Members in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. During this appropriation, it was agreed that researchers from the DoD, more specifically the Uniformed Services University (USU), would work together with neuroimaging experts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study blast-related TBI and PTS experienced by combat care patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).
Our funding continues through DoD fiscal allocation to USU. USU is responsible, on behalf of the DoD, for our financial management and coordination of operations. The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF), through a Cooperative Agreement with USU, provides our administrative and financial support. HJF also supports our efforts at NIH through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.
Since 2008, we have grown to become a mature interagency research organization that supports translational and clinical studies. We've funded a total of 73 translational and 58 clinical research projects, with 31 ongoing. Our projects have enrolled over 9,000 research participants and have published over 500 articles in journals such as The Lancet Neurology, Nature, JAMA Neurology, Brain, Annals of Neurology, and Neurology.