Effective & Inspired…

“Only effective and inspired leadership will carry units to victory in that arduous and finally determining aspect of warfare — ground combat.” Matthew B. Ridgway (1895 to 1993) General Matthew Bunker Ridgway was a senior officer in the US Army, who served as Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the 19th Chief of Staff of the… Read More

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Could an Elevated Spindle Oscillatory Frequency in PTSD Indicate a Deficient Sensory-gating Mechanism Responsible for Preserving Sleep Continuity?

Research Paper Title Increased Oscillatory Frequency of Sleep Spindles in Combat-Exposed Veteran Men with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Background Sleep disturbances are core symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but reliable sleep markers of PTSD have yet to be identified. Sleep spindles are important brain waves associated with sleep protection and sleep-dependent memory consolidation. The present… Read More

Could Abnormal Gamma Activities be a proxy for GABA-ergic Interneuron Dysfunction and/or a Promising Neuroimaging Marker of Insidious Mild Head Injuries?

Research Paper Title Marked Increases in Resting-State MEG Gamma-Band Activity in Combat-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Background Combat-related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a leading cause of sustained impairments in military service members and veterans. Recent animal studies show that GABA-ergic parvalbumin-positive interneurons are susceptible to brain injury, with damage causing abnormal increases in… Read More

Combat: A Sensation of Life…

“It is a sensation of life. A human being is never so alive as he is in combat. He may feel terror, or he may not, but the prospect of losing his life makes it surge and flare within him. At no other time do his nerves fire with such spark. Never again will he… Read More

A Study Designed to Advance the Delivery of Care for Combat-related PTSD

Research Paper Title Intensive prolonged exposure therapy for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder: Design and methodology of a randomized clinical trial. Abstract Combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common psychological health condition in military service members and veterans who have deployed to the combat theater since September 11, 2001. One of the highest research… Read More

Behavioural Health Providers & Post-Deployment Assessment

Research Paper Title Testing the effects of using a behavioural health provider to deliver a routine post-deployment assessment for soldiers returning from combat. Abstract Studies indicate that changes in post-deployment behavioural health care delivery are necessary to improve symptom-reporting and treatment-seeking. Methods The present study compared two behavioural health strategies implemented during the Post-Deployment Health… Read More

Combat Exposure as a Predictor of Smoking Status

Research Paper Title Combat, PTSD and Smoking Trajectory in a Cohort of Male Australian Army Vietnam Veterans. Background Whether trauma exposure itself or consequent posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is primarily responsible for smoking and failure to quit remains unclear. Methods A cohort of male Australian Vietnam veterans (N = 388) was interviewed twice, 22 and… Read More