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From University of Miami Health System: W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., scientific director at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and professor of neurological surgery, neurology and cell biology and anatomy, and Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D., associate professor of neurological surgery, will serve as principal investigator and co-investigator, respectively, on a new U.S. Department of Defense grant consortium called “Operation Brain Trauma Therapy.”

Dietrich and Bramlett hope to identify and develop drugs that reduce swelling, improve blood flow, limit neuronal damage and prevent cognitive impairments after mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury.

“This new program will allow for a well orchestrated attack on traumatic brain injury and will identify new therapies for these devastating injuries,” said Dietrich.

In light of military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, finding new ways to treat blast and penetrating brain injuries is becoming increasingly important to military operations throughout the world.Traumatic brain injury also continues to be a major health problem in the United States with approximately 1.5 million cases each year.

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