DOD ADNI

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Who is sponsoring the study?
The Study of Brain Aging in Vietnam War Veterans is funded by the United States Department of Defense (DOD).

What is the purpose of the study?
Alzheimer's disease (AD) affects 50% of US adults over the age of 85. TBI and PTSD are common combat related problems and may be associated with a greater risk of AD. Our purpose is to examine the possible connections between TBI and PTSD, and the signs and symptoms of AD on Veterans as they age.

The information we collect will help us to learn more about how these injuries may affect Veterans of the Vietnam War as they grow older, as well as Veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who also have these types of combat related injuries.

How many Vietnam War Veterans will take part in the study?


Nationwide, approximately 1,000 may participate in the screening interview and 500 in the Clinical Telephone Interview. The clinical interview will help us identify approximately 400 Vietnam War Veterans who will be referred for the in-person clinic visits. Approximately 300 Vietnam War Veterans will be eligible to complete the entire study.

What are the benefits to veterans?
TBI and PTSD are common injuries resulting from military service and combat. Medical attention typically focuses on the immediate treatment, not on the long term consequences that affect soldiers and their families, such as memory and thinking problems.

The results of this study will lead to greater efforts to develop treatment and prevention studies to help reduce these long term affects of TBI and PTSD injuries.

In 2012, the US Department of Defense (DOD) awarded funding for “The Study of Brain Aging in Vietnam War Veterans (DOD ADNI). TBI and PTSD are common combat related problems and may be associated with a greater risk of AD.

The purpose of DOD ADNI is to examine the possible connections between TBI and PTSD, and the signs and symptoms of AD on Veterans as they age. The information collected in DOD ADNI will help us to learn more about how these injuries may affect Veterans of the Vietnam War as they grow older, as well as Veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who also have these types of combat related injuries.

Nationwide, approximately 1,000 may participate in the screening interview and 500 in the Clinical Telephone Interview. The clinical interview will help us identify approximately 400 Vietnam War Veterans who will be referred for the in-person clinic visits. Approximately 300 Vietnam War Veterans will be eligible to complete the entire study.

The results of DOD ADNI study will lead to greater efforts to develop treatment and prevention studies to help reduce these long term affects of TBI and PTSD injuries.

Read more about ADNI DOD:
Effects of TBI and PTSD on Alzheimer's disease in veterans using imaging and biomarkers in the AD Neuroimaging Initiative