Geriatric Neuropsychology Laboratory

New England Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)


TRACTS: Translational Research Center for TraumaticBrain Injury and Stress Disorders

TRACTS is a VA Center of Excellence committed to conducting the highest quality research aimed at understanding the unique problems faced by our nation’s newest veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF).

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered the hallmark injury of the OEF/OIF conflicts, and TBI results in numerous physical, cognitive, and emotional difficulties for veterans. Many veterans also experience symptoms that may indicate the presence of stress-related emotional disorders. The prevalence of these difficulties in returning veterans calls for increased research efforts to better understand and treat TBI and stress disorders.

This VA Center of Excellence will ultimately help inform the development of effective treatments aimed at improving qualify of life for veterans. Several studies have been carefully designed to improve our understanding of the complex changes in brain structure, cognitive functioning, and psychological well being that result from TBI and the experience of significant stress. TRACTS also contains studies that will not only enhance our understanding of these factors, but that will also begin to ease some of the difficulties faced by veterans. Through the implementation of new treatments and therapies in TRACTS, the processes of rehabilitating memory, attention, coping skills, and emotional health will be significantly improved.

For more information about this study, please contact:

Colleen Barber by email ( ), or by phone: (857) 364-2093