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NEW YORK – The U.S. Defense Department has established was it is calling the world’s first brain tissue repository in an effort to understand more about traumatic brain injuries(TBI) to members of the armed services.

The Pentagon will attempt to collect several hundred samples for the repository. They will seek permission from the families of deceased service members to collect specimens.

“We have been at war for more than a decade and our men and women have sacrificed,” said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense. “The military health care system is bringing all the resources it can to better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat traumatic brain injuries and to ensure that service members have productive and long, quality lives.”

The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine Brain Tissue Repository for Traumatic Brain Injury was established in Bethesda, Md.

It is being funded with a federal grant to advance the understanding and treatment of TBI in service members.

The goal it to address how head trauma leads to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

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