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Cohen Veterans Bioscience is doing things differently. Our approach is to build enabling platforms with strategic partners and to adopt a team science approach to fast-track solutions in years, not decades.

We bring together the brightest minds and deploy the most innovative scientific tools with an emphasis on scale, risk-minimization, efficiency and speed to advance our understanding of PTSD and TBI. Through rigorous research and breaking down traditional silos, we’re working to bring more accurate diagnostic tests for PTSD and TBI to patients using big data, digital health and innovative technology to match patients to the right treatment.

A pathway to progress in years, not decades

The Status Quo

  • Animal models that fail to translate to human studies
  • Checklist-based self-report symptom assessments
  • Data collection methods that limit big data applications and collaborative science
  • Limited outcome measurement tools that fail to capture the full breadth of symptoms
  • Small, uncoordinated studies that limit biomarker discovery
  • A siloed approach to science that stalls progress

CVB’s Evidence-Driven Approach to Advancing Precision Medicine for Brain Trauma

  • Reproducible animal models that accurately predict treatment response in humans
  • New technologies and tools to drive diagnostic and treatment biomarker discovery tailored to each patient’s unique biology
  • Advanced data analytics that leverage in house expertise and a cloud-based platform to facilitate analysis and sharing across datasets
  • More objective outcome measurement tools that capture the symptoms that matter most to the patient
  • Large, deeply phenotyped cohort studies for biomarker discovery and validation at scale
  • Embracing team science to foster innovation and speed solutions across diseases

Moving away from the one patient, one treatment approach.

Advancing the scientific understanding of PTSD and TBI

Our research and advocacy aim to improve the lives of all people who experience the effects of trauma by:

  • Advancing our understanding of TBI and PTSD through rigorous research, including discovering genetic factors and building predictive data models.
  • Fast-tracking the development of easy-to-use diagnostic tests and guidelines to diagnose TBI and PTSD quickly and accurately.
  • Advancing research that can help match patients to the most effective treatments, including wellness, digital health, drug and device approaches.
  • Advocating for policies that prioritize new solutions for all those affected by brain trauma at the federal, state, and local levels. Learn more about our advocacy efforts.
Learn More About our Research and Advocacy Efforts

From Brain Trauma to Brain Health

Our research to fast-track diagnostics and treatments for PTSD and TBI can be applied to advance solutions for other brain disorders.

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Listening to Veterans: Veteran Perspectives & Interviews

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Hear personal stories from the Veterans of 22 Jumps, who are raising awareness of the need for better solutions for traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder to reduce the incidence of suicide.

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Watch the Veterans of 22 Jumps discuss what they would like to see changed to improve their mental health and why we need to advance diagnostics and treatment options for traumatic brain injury.

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Perspectives from People on the Front Lines of Trauma

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Every 5 seconds, a man, woman or child in the U.S. suffers a traumatic brain injury.

More than 50%
More than 50%

Approximately 6 in 10 men (60%) and 5 in 10 women (50%) will experience at least one traumatic event at some point in their lifetime.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are complex conditions that are challenging to diagnose and treat.

Most people who experience a trauma won’t suffer from lasting negative effects. For some people, trauma can lead to changes in the structure and function of the brain, resulting in cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms. Some of these symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event or brain injury, while others may be delayed, emerging months or years later.

Both the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and TBI are difficult. We still have no cures.

We diagnose both diseases based on symptoms — not biology — and we lack consistently reliable, evidence-based treatments. As a result, some people spend years waiting for a diagnosis that will explain their symptoms or cycle through numerous treatments without finding relief.

Like many brain disorders, progress toward definitive diagnoses and effective treatments for PTSD and TBI has been hampered by the lack of understanding of the complex underlying biology, variations in clinical presentation from one patient to the next, and the high comorbidity with other disorders.

Advancing the scientific understanding of PTSD and TBI

Cohen Veterans Bioscience is doing things differently. We bring together the brightest minds and deploy the most innovative scientific tools to bring about progress in years, not decades.

Our research and advocacy aim to improve the lives of all people who experience the effects of trauma by:

  • Advancing our understanding of TBI and PTSD through rigorous research, including discovering genetic factors and building predictive data models.
  • Fast-tracking the development of easy-to-use diagnostic tests and guidelines to diagnose TBI and PTSD quickly and accurately.
  • Advancing research that can help match patients to the most effective treatments, including wellness, digital health, drug and device approaches.
  • Advocating for policies that prioritize new solutions for all those affected by brain trauma at the federal, state, and local levels. Learn more about our advocacy efforts.

From Brain Trauma to Brain Health

Our research to fast-track diagnostics and treatments for PTSD and TBI can be applied to advance solutions for other brain disorders.

Resources

For Immediate Assistance

  • If you have taken steps to end your life, call 911 immediately.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – Dial 988
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline – (800) 656-HOPE

Further Reading

PTSD
TBI
Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity research organization and does not offer medical advice. CVB encourages you to seek medical advice from a physician or healthcare provider if you have questions regarding a medical condition, or to call 911 or go to the nearest hospital if you find that you or someone you are concerned about is in an emergency situation.

The invisible wounds are not invisible to those that struggle with them every day or their families. They are invisible to the rest of us and to the system that is blind to them and has failed to aggressively pursue the answers.

These brave men and women voluntarily stepped up on the line to serve this great nation with the goal of protecting our freedoms… many have gone into harm’s way at personal expense and sacrifice. We cannot leave any more of them behind. It is our national obligation to support those who have come home with both visible and invisible wounds.

– Frank Larkin
Chair, Veterans Advisory Council

Many Veterans spend years waiting for a diagnosis that will explain their symptoms or cycle through numerous treatments without finding relief.

Brain trauma changes the structure and function of the brain and can lead to a variety of cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms. Some of these symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event or brain injury, while others may be delayed, emerging months or even years later. This complexity makes both the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and TBI more difficult.

The toll of the invisible wounds

Delayed diagnosis and ineffective treatments can result in the most devastating outcome of all, suicidality. For the first time in our nation’s history, suicides from the invisible wounds are outpacing the number of in-theatre deaths from physical wounds.

We must treat the underlying conditions that increase risk for suicide.

  • Despite decades of promising research and billions spent on clinical trials, there are no cures for the invisible wounds.
  • Patients are diagnosed based on subjective, patient-reported symptoms, not in an objective way based on their unique biology.
  • We lack reliable, evidence-based treatments.

Cohen Veterans Bioscience is advancing the scientific understanding of the invisible wounds

Our research and advocacy aim to fast-track the science and improve the lives of Veterans and service members living with the invisible wounds by:

Advancing our understanding of TBI and PTSD through rigorous research, including discovering genetic factors and building predictive data models.

Fast-tracking the development of easy-to-use diagnostic tests and guidelines to diagnose TBI and PTSD quickly and accurately.

Advancing research that can help match patients to the most effective treatments, including wellness, digital health, drug and device approaches.

Advocating for policies that prioritize brain trauma solutions for Veterans at the federal, state, and local levels.

Join the fight to help advance diagnostics and treatments for brain trauma​

Across the country, Veterans, first responders, and everyday heroes are using their hobbies and passions to help fund our transformative research.

A Marine Veteran brings hope to individuals and families affected by TBI and suicide.

After Marine Veteran Tristan Wimmer lost his brother and fellow Marine to suicide, he founded 22 Jumps to honor him and all Veterans whose lives are cut short by suicide. 22 Jumps is a series of fundraising events where Veterans and others BASE jump 22 times in a single day in honor of the 22 Veterans who die by suicide each day. The funds from these events help advance solutions for TBI.

Resources

For Immediate Assistance

  • If you have taken steps to end your life, call 911 immediately.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – Dial 988
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline – (800) 656-HOPE
  • National Center for PTSD – Veterans Crisis Line – (800) 273-8255
  • Women’s Veterans Call Center – (855) VA-Women

Accessing Care

Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity research organization and does not offer medical advice. CVB encourages you to seek medical advice from a physician or healthcare provider if you have questions regarding a medical condition, or to call 911 or go to the nearest hospital if you find that you or someone you are concerned about is in an emergency situation.