The goal of Project Enlist is to dramatically accelerate critical research on traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military Veterans. TBI due to improvised explosive devices (IED) and other military service-related causes is a significant problem for our active military and Veteran community. However, the scientific understanding of TBI and related disorders, such as CTE and PTSD, is in its infancy, and we lack accurate diagnostic tests for living patients and effective treatments. Service members diagnosed with TBI deserve our attention and support. There is an urgent need for scientists to better understand how to diagnose and treat TBI in our troops so they can protect the heroes who courageously fight for our nation.
Pledge your brain to accelerate military CTE research
CLF Project Enlist is recruiting and conducting outreach to the military and Veteran communities to encourage signing up for the US Department of Veterans Affairs-Boston University-Concussion Legacy Foundation (VA-BU-CLF) Brain Bank Research Registry. The VA's Dr. Ann McKee, director of the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, is a leader in the new VA PTSD Brain Bank, and is bringing her expertise to lead this research effort.
- Click here to pledge to donate your brain and join the Clinical Research Registry. If you sign up for the Clinical Research Registry, we will keep you informed of clinical studies you may be eligible for.
- Click here to review actively recruiting studies that you may be eligible for. By signing up, you can play an active role in helping scientists find treatments for the effects of brain trauma.
Project Enlist can provide answers after tragedy
Nicole Condrey lost her husband, U.S. Navy Special Warfare Veteran Ron Condrey, to suicide in September 2018 after a three-year battle with depression, anger, and impulsiveness. After his death, Nicole donated Ron's brain to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank as part of Project Enlist. Nicole, now Mayor of Middletown, OH, opened up about her loss and why she believes in Project Enlist in this American Legion feature article.
Imminent brain donation: If a Veteran has passed away and the family is interested in brain donation, please instruct them to call the 24-hour VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank emergency brain donation pager at 617.992.0615.
Why brain donation is critical to helping us understand CTE
Brain donation has proven to be an effective accelerator of research on CTE among athletes over the last decade. By showing how CTE has affected hundreds of athletes across multiple sports, we have inspired the scientific community to invest in CTE research. We're learning that CTE isn't just affecting athletes, but is showing up in our nation's heroes. Stories of Veterans returning home with brain injuries, like Sgt. Kevin Ash, and symptoms of depression, memory loss, and bouts of rage are all too common. We know these changes are symptoms of CTE, but need to know more. Brain donation allows us to gain a better understanding of the unique effects of military brain trauma exposure.
If you are a Veteran suffering from the effects of brain trauma, reach out for help.
It is our mission to support Veterans, military service members and miltary families who have been affected by concussion and CTE. The CLF HelpLine supports patients and families in need by providing personalized help to those struggling with the outcomes of brain injury. If you or a loved one are seeking guidance on how to choose the right doctor, struggling with lingering concussion symptoms, or have any other specific questions, we want to hear from you.
If you are in emotional crisis or concerned about a loved one, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to connect with a trained counselor. It’s free, confidential, and available to everyone in the United States. You do not have to be suicidal to call.
Veteran Matthew S. Collier on why he pledged
The Honorable Matthew S. Collier, a West Point graduate, is the former Senior Advisor to the US Secretary of Veterans Affairs and served six years as a US Army Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer. Collier, who is now Vice President of the CLF Board of Directors, announced he has pledged to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation as part of Project Enlist. Watch the video below to hear Matt discuss why he believes all Veterans should consider pledging their brains, and click here to read the full story on his brain pledge.
More than 1,000 courageous Veterans have taken the pledge so far. If you have fought for our country, now you can fight for the heroes who have defended it alongside you. Take the pledge today.
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