Evidence Brief: Traumatic Brain Injury and Dementia
David Cifu, MD
Ralph DePalma, MD, FACS
Stuart Hoffman, PhD
Kimberly Peterson, MS
Seminar date: 7/22/2019
Description: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common condition among both civilian and military populations. In general, military service members are at a higher risk of experiencing a TBI than their civilian counterparts. While some TBIs cause acute symptoms that resolve over several weeks or months, evidence accumulating over nearly 3 decades suggests that TBI may lead to chronic neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia.
This Cyberseminar will review findings from the following key questions:
Key Question 1: What is the comparative prevalence of dementia between Veterans and the civilian population? 1a: Does the prevalence of dementia in Veterans vary based on combat deployment history? 1b: Does the prevalence of dementia in Veterans vary based on era of conflict?
Key Question 2: What is the comparative prevalence of dementia between Veterans with and without TBI? 2a: Does the prevalence of dementia in Veterans with TBI vary based on combat deployment history? 2b: Does the prevalence of dementia in Veterans with TBI vary based on timing of dementia onset (i.e. early vs late)?
Operational Partners Dr. Ralph DePalma, Special Operations Officer, Office of Research and Development; Dr. Stuart Hoffman, Scientific Program Manager for Brain Injury, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service; and Dr. David Cifu, Executive Director, VCU Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering will join as discussants and be available for Q&A with the audience.
Intended audience: Researchers, clinicians, administrators, and those interested in the treatment of individuals with TBI.