A.T. Still University professor and associate director for the Still Research Institute Dr. James Menke has received nearly $50,000 in funds for traumatic brain injury (TBI) research, to include exploring treatment options for veterans.
Menke recently received $49,999 in funding as part of the Tier-A Pipeline Proposal award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The award is designed to help fund developments for capacity, partnerships and infrastructure for patient-centered healthcare research initiatives.
“The grant opens new and important opportunities to demonstrate ATSU's core mission in whole person health care and better serve combat veterans,” Menke said in a press release. “Patient-centered care is achieved through understanding patient values, as well as caregiver needs and community support resources."
Menke will use the funding to address patient needs, resources and best treatment options for those with TBI, including veterans. He also hopes to get a better understanding of combat veterans' experiences and develop tailored solutions for each population of patients with TBI.
"By adopting an individualized approach to care, rather than a one-size-fits-all diagnosis and treatment protocol, we should get much better outcomes, while reducing unnecessary medical costs and side effects," Menke said in a statement. "Patient-centered care is the next step in health care research, and ASTU can and should take a leadership role in this arena.”