The University’s key areas of strength, with respect to clinical advocacy with the DoD and VA, include:

  • Behavioral Health – post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, and substance use disorders
  • Trauma – traumatic brain and blast injuries, burns, blood and coagulation research
  • Cancer – liver, breast, prostate, and others

Major research projects

Notable projects include the following:

  • Leading post-traumatic stress disorder research through the federally funded STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, Alan Peterson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of the Division of Behavioral MedicineRead more about the Strong Star Consortium
  • A study of the effect of pre-hospital time, diagnostics, and therapeutics on trauma patient outcomes, Brian Eastridge, M.D., Professor of Trauma Surgery, leading the Remote Trauma Outcomes Research Network (RemTORN)
  • Investigating a randomized controlled study on a novel analgesic for burn dressing changes at the Institute for Surgical Research and School of Medicine, VA and DoD, Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Endodontics, Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Leading the VA Vascular Injury Study (VAVIS): VA/DoD extremity injury outcomes collaboration, to determine long-term outcomes of extremity vascular trauma in service members, Paula Shireman, M.D.,Professor of Surgery and Mary Jo Pugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics