The NHI will partner with the Department of Defense to build a database will enable experts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TBI. The central repository will include new data, current databases and will allow for study comparisons. The DoD involvement is crucial due to vast number of combat soldiers returning from active duty with TBI—DoD has documented 200,000 Service Members with TBI over the past 12 years. Nationally, 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur annually. TBI total fiscal impact in the United States is estimated at $60 Billion.
A database for Traumatic Brain Injury has a model to build after. The NIH developed a successful database for Autism Research likewise will save up to 50 percent in project costs and speed research time to achieve meaningful results.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes is the leading funder of brain and nervous system research.
TBI is a burden borne by every age group, by every single segment of society. Its common causes vary greatly and this database will be an integral tool for the treatment and prevention of Traumatic Brain Injury.