The South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience, or STRONG STAR, is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research consortium supported by peer-reviewed funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and private institutions. The overarching goal of STRONG STAR is to develop and evaluate the most effective early interventions possible for detection, prevention, and treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and comorbid conditions (traumatic brain injury, sleep disorders, chronic pain, substance use disorders, suicide, and tinnitus) in active duty military personnel and recently discharged veterans.
Under the leadership of UTHSA and based in South-Central Texas, the STRONG STAR Consortium brings together more than 150 researchers and clinicians conducting a broad array of clinical, exploratory, and preclinical trials to assess novel delivery methods of evidence-based treatments for PTSD and related conditions specially adapted to meet the unique needs of the military population.
Simultaneously, the Consortium is striving to learn more about the causes of PTSD; the influence of comorbid physical and psychological ailments; and the interaction of cognitive-behavioral therapies and pharmacologic treatments. Ultimately, the Consortium is focused on reducing the suffering of our nation’s wounded warriors, to help our returning warfighters to continue living healthy, productive lives, and to prevent the development of chronic PTSD in a new generation of war veterans.
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