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Published on Sep 30, 2019
Virginia Commonwealth University has been awarded a $50 million federal grant to oversee a national research consortium of universities, hospitals and clinics that will study the long-term impacts of mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions on service members and veterans. The principal investigator on the grant is David X. Cifu, M.D., professor and chair of the VCU School of Medicine's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Senior TBI Specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Long-Term Impact of Military-related Brain Injury Consortium (LIMBIC) will study the ongoing health impacts of combat concussions, such as those from blasts, bullets and hand-to-hand fighting as well as vehicle accidents, sports injuries and falls. Researchers from the LIMBIC team have already discovered linkages between combat concussions and dementia, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, opioid usage and suicide risk.