The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) is a federal intramural program that studies the full spectrum of traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as concussion, with a special focus on military-relevant injuries. CNRM was established through Congressional legislation in 2008 to foster collaborative efforts between the Uniformed Services University (USU), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). Through this collaborative approach to clinical research, our researchers are breaking new ground in improving the evaluation and care of military service members and civilians suffering from TBI and posttraumatic stress (PTS). Many of our talented clinicians have cared for those with TBI and PTS on the battlefield, in military treatment facilities, and civilian hospitals. Our clinical researchers' expertise uniquely qualifies them to address research gaps in current knowledge, to improve diagnoses, and to advance treatment plans for those suffering from TBI and PTS. For more information about CNRM clinical researchers, please visit the featured clinical researchers page.
The U.S. Department of Defense has also entrusted CNRM researchers to establish a new brain tissue repository. Examination of the brain after death can complement what is learned from studies during life and help us better understand the impact of brain injuries. It is our hope that by carefully studying the brains of service members we can improve diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries in the future.
Learn more about CNRM’s collaborative efforts below.
The Uniformed Services University (USU) is the nation's federal health sciences university and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health. USU provides the nation with health professionals dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service and with scientists who serve the common good. USU is responsible for the overall operation and management of the CNRM on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense. USU investigators also conduct both clinical and laboratory studies in a variety of USU research facilities.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and cures for common and rare diseases. NIH researchers evaluate patients in CNRM studies both on the NIH campus and in nearby civilian hospitals. State of the art imaging facilities, including an MR-PET scanner, are utilized to provide structural and functional brain images.
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), the nation's flagship military medical center, is known for its history of providing outstanding care to war heroes and presidents alike for more than a century. People come to WRNMMC to heal, to stay healthy, to help others, to teach the next generation, to practice quality medicine, and to take part in cutting-edge clinical research. WRNMMC is dedicated to providing outstanding customer service, maintaining outstanding opportunities in graduate medical and dental education and research, and delivering world-class health care within an integrated system. CNRM clinical researchers conduct a wide range of studies at WRNMMC, including the evaluation of the natural history of combat TBI, as well as a range of efforts focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of battlefield TBI and PTS.