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Friday, July 18, 2008

New England OEF/OIF Veterans Needed for PTSD Treatment Studies

Recently received the following request:

We are currently recruiting research subjects to participate in either of three federally funded research protocols conducted in Manchester, NH and Boston, MA. Is there a way that we might solicit participation from your readership?

Specific details, contact info in extended.


Have you or someone you know experienced a traumatic event while serving in the military in Iraq, Afghanistan or on Middle East assignment? Are you or someone you know:

  • Having disturbing memories of the event;
  • Avoiding memories of the event;
  • Experiencing significant anger or anxiety;
  • Having sleep problems or nightmares since the event?
The Manchester VA Medical Center Research Service and Massachusetts General Hospital are investigating new treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. If you or someone you know might be interested in learning more about these treatments:

603-624-4366 EXT. 6815
Mike Macklin

Administered by
Manchester VA Medical Center
Research Service
718 Smyth Road.
Manchester, NH 03104

Mileage and study participation fees will be provided.

More information:

For the past 25 years, the VA's research efforts in New Hampshire have been funded through research grants from the VA, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the U.S. Army and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Fourteen studies were active in 2008, nine of which were Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) studies. Study of the psychological and physiological consequences of exposure to severe stress have been, and remain, major focuses of our research.

* A new study to investigate how a medication called D-Cycloserine may improve the results of therapy for combat-related PTSD. This treatment study is currently looking for male and female combat-exposed Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
* Two new studies examining PTSD symptom reduction by the medication propranolol when it is given immediately after reactivation of a traumatic memory. These treatment studies are currently looking for male and female combat-exposed Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
* A study of neuro-imaging and contextual cue processing related to conditioned fear in PTSD, using virtual reality simulation. This study is currently looking for combat-exposed male Vietnam veterans.
* A new study identifying patterns of regional brain activity during exposure to trauma-related imagery and general threat in PTSD. This study is currently looking for men and women (veterans and non-veterans) who have experienced a traumatic event.
* Become a Volunteer!

Current Research Projects in Data Analysis (no longer enrolling new participants)
* A study of psychological and physiological predictors of risk for developing chronic PTSD in recent victims of acute trauma, including returning Afghanistan and Iraq veterans.
* An ongoing NIMH-funded study examining risk factors for the development of PTSD in people working in high risk professions who are likely to be exposed to severe stress.
* A study comparing brain responses in female nurse and male combat Vietnam veterans with and without PTSD.

Current Research Projects on Medical Issues
In addition to the program of PTSD research at the Manchester VA, investigators are actively involved in studying a variety of medical issues:

* Diabetes
* Hypertension
* The use of coumadin in patients over the age of 80
* Geriatric and advanced illness care
* The quality and effectiveness of medication management by telephone

For more information on our current research programs, or to become a research volunteer, please call Stella Lareau at (603) 624-4366, ext. 6745.

Important Notice
The Research Staff of the Manchester VA Medical Center reminds all veterans, especially those who are involved, or may become involved in our research studies, that no VA Research Staff member will ever request social security numbers over the telephone.

If such a phone call is received, please notify the VA immediately.

Procedure to Obtain Information or File a Complaint
In the event that a research study participant has concerns, including but not limited to, comments, questions or complaints regarding a past, current, or prospective study, please contact Stella Lareau at (603) 624-4366 extension 6745.

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