Executive Summary & Mission
Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) is focused on improving veterans brain health by prioritizing research and activities that make precision diagnostics and targeted therapeutics a focus of national efforts. By partnering with military and neuroscience leaders we are fostering collaboration across a broad stakeholder community, bridging translational research gaps, and accelerating solutions for those suffering from brain conditions.
The Veterans Advisory Council (VAC) includes senior leaders from across industry, academia and government who have a deep personal commitment to veterans’ concerns related to brain health. The VAC will represent, advocate and support veterans’ interests to CVB, to partners, and to the broader community engaged in the support, research, prevention, and treatment of brain health conditions.
“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 that have come home with both visible and invisible wounds.”
– Frank Larkin, Former U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms, Chair of the Cohen Veterans Bioscience Veterans Advisory Council
(1) Sharing veterans’ perspectives, challenges and needs associated with brain health to increase understanding by CVB, the community and other relevant stakeholders and to inform the research roadmap to optimize the health and welfare of Veterans;
(2) Leading awareness and other communications efforts to engender the fullest support and engagement from within and outside of, the veterans community for brain health research;
(3) Increasing and reinforcing both access and collaboration across the community of interest working to understand, prevent and treat brain-related trauma and brain health conditions;
(4) Reinforcing legislation and other measures that can be used to promote awareness, garner support, and advance the execution of a comprehensive regimen of research that will enable prevention and treatment for brain health.
“I think the two most urgent needs are to establish the most effective treatment protocols that are tailored to the individual’s situation…and to determine the most effective ways to prevent traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress and preserve long-term resiliency and brain health.” – Brian Losey, RADM, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Executive Director of the Cohen Veterans Bioscience Veterans Advisory Council