Blast-related injury is a potential threat to the health and performance of Service Members. Some research suggest that repeated exposure to blast-related traumatic brain injury could induce long-term neurodegeneration. Questions about the potential association between repeated head injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) have been raised amidst brain health concerns for military and contact sports populations. To address these questions, the Department of Defense Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office organized the 2015 International State-of-the-Science (SoS) Meeting on November 3-5, 2015, in McLean, Virginia, on the question, "Does Repeated Blast-Related Trauma Contribute to the Development of CTE?" Findings and recommendations from this meeting guide future scientific research and the development of prevention, assessment, and treatment strategies for the military and sports communities.
In September 2017, the PCO published the proceedings of the 2015 International SoS Meeting in a supplement issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma, "Blast-Related Trauma and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy."
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