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Roskamp Hosts Veterans, Presents Research Overview

By Steve Smith - November 13, 2015


Wrapping up Health Innovation Week in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, the Roskamp Institute hosted an open house today for veterans and their families.

Roskamp is known for Alzheimer’s disease research, but their research scientists have also been busy studying brain disorders that are of great interest to the military community. Brain injuries affecting veterans include Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Gulf War Illness (GWI).

PTSD, for example, has plagued thousands of veterans. There are few treatments and, according to the experts at Roskamp, most have been ineffective. The Institute’s research comprises pre-clinical behavioral tests, followed by biological studies of blood, tissue and adrenal glands, all using mice.

The open house included tours of the Institute’s labs and a boxed lunch.

Roskamp is currently recruiting for several clinical studies involving mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological disorders. A visit to the Institute’s website reveals a more complete listing.

After a welcome from the Institute’s President/CEO Dr. Fiona Crawford, presentations were given by the Institute’s clinical research coordinator, Ms. Jillian Chaykin, and researchers Joseph Ojo, PhD, Laila Abdullah, PhD, and Benoit Mouzon, PhD. All of them kept things simple, considering the non-scientific makeup of the audience.

Cheryl Brandi, DNSc, ARNP, NP-C, a retired Navy Nurse Corps commander, works with clinical study participants and offered her perspective on the work at Roskamp.