$1.5M DOD grant will create virtual reality test to assess TBI in the field

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is one of the most common injuries sustained by military personnel, who are often stationed in remote locations where quick neuropsychological assessments are not feasible.  Getty Images

One of the most common injuries sustained by military personnel in recent conflicts has been traumatic brain injury, or TBI. In response to this, and the fact that military operations are increasingly being conducted by small teams in far-flung areas, researchers in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Department of Psychiatry are working on a portable virtual reality system to assess TBI in the field.

Psychiatry professor William “Scott” Killgore, PhD, and his team in the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab were recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Defense’s United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity division to develop a VR assessment system for TBI.

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10/26/2023 - 12:00pm