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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Thomas C Neylan, MD

Staff Physician, Mental Health Service and Director, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Program, SFVAHCS
Professor in Residence of Psychiatry, UCSF


Biology and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Dr. Neylan is the Director of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) Program at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is a Professor, In Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Neylan has been an active researcher in the study of sleep and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for the past 17 years. He has been the Principal Investigator on multiple funded projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Neylan’s current funding include projects examining neuroimaging markers of aging in PTSD, neuroendocrine factors associated with disturbed sleep in PTSD, a trial examining cognitive behavior for insomnia in PTSD, a controlled trial of exercise for treatment of PTSD, a controlled trial of a Phase II CRF antagonist in women with PTSD, and human-animal translational project comparing a Phase III hypocretin antagonist, zolpidem, and placebo on neurocognitive function during peak concentration. Dr. Neylan is the PI and Director of the PTSD component of the Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, and directs the Stress and Health Research program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center which is comprised of 18 Principal Investigators in the Departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Radiology. Dr. Neylan serves on the National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, Pathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addiction Study Section.

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