APA member briefs Capitol Hill on PTSD research with women veterans

Paula Schnurr, PhD, spoke on the results of her clinical trials with women veterans suffering from PTSD and on the importance of funding the VA’s intramural research program
An April 25 Capitol Hill briefing featured Paula Schnurr, PhD, APA member and deputy executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Center for PTSD. Schnurr, one of two featured VA scientists at the event, came to Washington at the invitation of APA’s Science Government Relations Office and the Friends of VA Coalition to brief members of Congress and their staff on the results of her clinical trials with women veterans suffering from PTSD and on the importance of funding the VA’s intramural research program. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, opened the briefing by urging her Congressional colleagues to support veterans through continued investment in veteran-centric research within the VA.  Schnurr was joined on the research expert panel by Randy Kardon, MD, PhD, a neuroophthalmologist and Director of the Iowa City VA Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss. The VA’s Chief Research and Development Officer, Joel Kupersmith, MD, gave the standing-room-only audience of Hill staffers, agency personnel and veterans service organization representatives a brief overview of the full VA research portfolio.  Science GRO staff and coalition colleagues continue to meet throughout the spring with VA Congressional committee and personal office staff to increase support for the VA research program as funding bills are marked up and introduced.