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healthitThe departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have jointly invested $107 million for medical research efforts focused on treating mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Research organizations will work to develop new ways for diagnosing and treating the conditions under the five-year initiative, the Defense Department said Saturday.

Funding will back studies under the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD and Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium programs.

The CAP will have University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio, San Antonio Military Medical Center and the Boston VA Medical Center collaborate to develop treatments for PTSD.

Virginia Commonwealth University, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Richmond VA Medical Center will team under the CENC program to examine factors that could cause brain injuries in an effort to improve diagnostic and treatment methods.

Team members will also aim to further understand the relationship between mild TBI and neurodegenerative disease, the Defense Department said.

The investment is intended as a response to a presidential order requiring agencies to coordinate and develop an action plan aimed to reduce the number of mental health conditions among soldiers.