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UT San Antonio & Military Partnering Up For New Trauma Research Program

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will be home to the Trauma Research and Combat Casualty Care Collaborative. The research at the new center will focus on improving how medical professionals help civilians and military patients recover from physical and emotional trauma. This research center will be the first of its kind in the entire United States.

Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability and is currently the #1 challenge for military medicine. In the United States, around six million patients suffer from trauma wounds, with additional 1.2 million patients suffering from burn wounds. The military has been working to develop new research to improve medicine to help with trauma. 

The University of Texas Board of Regents approved $2.5 million for the center, which will help bring lessons learned in battle to first responders worldwide. The funding will also help develop the project leadership team, focusing on traumatic brain surgery, stem cell research, drug development, and anti-shock therapies.

Brooke Army Medical Center is the primary hospital open to city residents on the military base. For 25 years, they have acted as a Level 1 trauma center and have opened their doors to emergencies and trauma. Trauma research is hugely underfunded, but the new partnership with Brooke Army Medical Center should help develop new research, determine which civil-military partnerships work best, and hopefully, help find better outcomes from trauma. 

The research conducted at Trauma Research and Combat Casualty Care Collaborative will serve all 13 UT system institutions, including UT Health Houston, UT Southwestern, and UT Medical Branch Galveston.

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