Nov 5, 2019
Congratulations to Drs. Lisa Brenner and Cory Christiansen for their newly awarded NIH grants. Dr. Brenner’s grant titled “Integrating signals of suicide risk from DoD and VHA data to improve upon suicide risk prevention strategies for combat Veterans” will aim to merge an existing data set, the Substance Use and Psychological Injury Combat Study (SUPIC), a longitudinal database of over 865,000 Army Active Duty and National Guard/Reserve Soldiers returning from Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn deployments with clinical and administrative data available within the Veterans Health Administration, including National Death Index (NDI) data. Dr. Christiansen’s grant titled “Improving health self-management using walking biobehavioral intervention for people with dysvascular lower limb amputation” will examine the use of an evidence-based walking biobehavioral intervention to increase physical activity after dysvascular amputation. The intervention leverages successes in conventional prosthetic rehabilitation, while addressing the complex health conditions and chronic sedentary behaviors that underlie dysvascular amputation, with the ultimate goal of improved physical activity self-management to minimize disability.