The Vietnam Head Injury Study (VHIS) - Phase III is currently seeking healthy volunteers to participate as controls in our research study located at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. This is a follow-up study to access long-term difficulties that veterans may experience after combat in Vietnam from 1966 through 1971.
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>My name is Sandra Lewis-Bonifant and I am the study coordinator for the Vietnam Head Injury Study - Phase III. Ours is a long term study of the effects of head injury on Vietnam vets who experienced combat, currently being conducted at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD.
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>The reason I write is that we are currently attempting to locate veterans that served in Vietnam, and saw combat, any time from 1966-1971. These men would serve as "controls" or normal volunteers for our study, thus we are attempting to locate men who did NOT sustain any head trauma or loss of consciousness. Further, for technical reasons, we are unable to accept men who have a significant PTSD rating.
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>I can forward a poster that has been approved by the NNMC Institutional Review Board (IRB), as well as the US Army Materiel Research and Medical Command IRB. I respectfully petition you to post this announcement on your website (or as an article in your publication) so that we can reach as many veterans as possible. As you might imagine, this study has far reaching implications for not only the ongoing struggles of Vietnam Veterans, but for our troops in Iraq.
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>Participation in our study will entail the following: paid RT commercial flight to NNMC Bethesda, 3 meals a day and private lodging. Neuropsychological testing (pen/ paper and computerized) lasts 7.5 hours per day, Monday through Friday (weekends are free of study obligation) for 1 week. Further, no invasive procedures are involved.
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>If you would like to discuss this email further, or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Furthermore, if you are not the appropriate person to contact, I would be grateful for feedback as to who might be. I appreciate your time and attention and hope that you will be able to assist in this most significant matter.
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>http://www.bethesda.med.navy.mil/professional/research/vietnam_head_injury.aspx
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>Sincerely yours,
>Sandi Bonifant (nee: Lewis), BS
>Research Coordinator
>Vietnam Head Injury Study - Phase III
>BonifanS@ninds.nih.gov
>Voice: 301-319-8471
>Cell: 301-728-1233
>Fax: 301-319-8477
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>National Naval Medical Center