In 2012, the US Department of Defense (DOD) awarded funding for “The Study of Brain Aging in Vietnam War Veterans (DOD ADNI). TBI and PTSD are common combat related problems and may be associated with a greater risk of AD.
The purpose of DOD ADNI is to examine the possible connections between TBI and PTSD, and the signs and symptoms of AD on Veterans as they age. The information collected in DOD ADNI will help us to learn more about how these injuries may affect Veterans of the Vietnam War as they grow older, as well as Veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who also have these types of combat related injuries.
Nationwide, approximately 1,000 may participate in the screening interview and 500 in the Clinical Telephone Interview. The clinical interview will help us identify approximately 400 Vietnam War Veterans who will be referred for the in-person clinic visits. Approximately 300 Vietnam War Veterans will be eligible to complete the entire study.
The results of DOD ADNI study will lead to greater efforts to develop treatment and prevention studies to help reduce these long term affects of TBI and PTSD injuries.
Read more about ADNI DOD:
Effects of TBI and PTSD on Alzheimer's disease in veterans using imaging and biomarkers in the AD Neuroimaging Initiative
DOD ADNI Grant
DOD ADNI Protocol
DOD ADNI Procedures Manual
DOD ADNI PET Technical Manual
DOD ADNI MRI Training Manual