Expert Alert - Haunted by war

CIHR researchers speak about PTSD for Remembrance Day

OTTAWA, Nov. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - They've seen horrors, experienced constant threats and survived traumatic events. Canada's military personnel often come back home with memories they'd rather forget. It's not scientifically understood why some soldiers develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while others don't. However, many veterans simply don't ask for psychological help.

Health researchers funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are available to answer questions on PTSD in the military in light of Remembrance Day (November 11).

    
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Is PSTD the result of genetics or traumatic experiences only? The impact of genes on mental health.

Dr. Anthony Phillips, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (Vancouver)

Accumulation of traumatic experiences: what's the breaking point of PTSD?

Dr. Hymie Anisman, CIHR-funded researcher from Carleton University and Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience (Ottawa)

Behind the numbers: what do people need to overcome PTSD?

Dr. Jitender Sareen, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada. www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information: For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Specialist, Office: (613) 941-4563, Cellphone: (613) 808-7526, Fax: (613) 954-6653, E-mail: mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


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