World-first PTSD research starts in Brisbane

Posted on March 25, 2014

Some of Australia's leading scientists, researchers and doctors have started world-first clinical research in Brisbane to unlock the code behind post-traumatic stress disorder - the debilitating and potentially fatal mental illness that impacts around one million Australians, including many war veterans.

The study will have an initial 12-month focus on Vietnam veterans, including some 300 volunteers to be enlisted to undergo comprehensive mental, physical and genetic examinations.

It seeks to uncover vital information to improve diagnosis, treatment and potentially prevention of PTSD.

"The PTSD Initiative builds on previous work by the research team that looks at individual genetic risk factors for PTSD and offers the potential to provide targeted and individualised assistance.

"Importantly, we are extending our work to examine the effects of genetic risk and PTSD on physical disease to ensure we are looking at the overall health of veterans."

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Category(s):Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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