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Community-and-Charity-gallipoliHanrick Curran is proud to be an active supporter of Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF).  GMRF are at the leading edge of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research having launched the PTSD Initiative in March 2014 studying the physical health and genetics of PTSD through the returned Vietnam veterans.

 

Hanrick Curran is proud to be an active supporter of Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF).  GMRF are at the leading edge of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research having launched the PTSD Initiative in March 2014 studying the physical health and genetics of PTSD through the returned Vietnam veterans.

PTSD has always been synonymous with soldiers involved in armed conflict and the carnage of war. The figures are alarming to the point of disbelief. Reports from the US army show that more soldiers have died by their own hand recently than have been killed in active combat. PTS and severe depression can be a dangerous combination, and those that live through it still experience a whole range of serious health issues.

The scale and scope of the PTSD Initiative project is substantial and covers all important aspects of veteran health.  The results will allow deep insights into how these diseases are related and identify any genetic traits that pre-disposes an individual to PTSD.

The PTSD Initiative has already reached some significant milestones. In July they signed up their 100th participant into the study, reaching a third of the way to reach their goal of studying 300 Vietnam veterans.  In addition other milestones include:

·         80 physical examinations completed

·         75 blood samples collected & analysed

·         60 psychological interviews performed

·         50 psychiatric interviews performed

·         25 MRI brain scans performed

·         20 participants completed

The study is approved to include 300 male veteran participants who served with the Australian Defence Force during the Vietnam War. This will include 150 Vietnam veterans who have (or have had) PTSD, as well as 150 Vietnam veterans who have never had PTSD. Many of the analyses will compare information collected from each of these two groups.

GMRF are now calling for more Vietnam veterans in the non-PTSD group to be involved in the study. If you or someone you know fits this category contact GMRF or learn more about the PTSD Initiative by reviewing the latest newsletter.