General Dynamics Information Technology has won a 18-month contract with the Defense Health Agency’s Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center to continue providing research on traumatic brain injuries.
The sole-source contract is worth $44 million and has a 6-month period with four 3-month options. GDIT will conduct research into brain injury diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation methods, and into the impacts of constant exposure to sub-concussive blasts from weapons, according to GDIT.
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center provides traumatic brain injury clinical research investigations that include low-level blast exposure effects, clinical treatment outcome assessments and brain injury surveillance. It also supports traumatic brain injury provider training to Defense Department military treatment facilities.
As part of this new contract, GDIT will continue helping the center with pathway of care for patients through data collection, analysis and measurement of health outcomes. The company will also develop educational material to help with training of clinical providers for traumatic brain injury treatment.
The company was awarded the original contract for this work in January 2014, and has been supporting it through a network of 21 sites ever since. These sites include military treatment facilities, major trauma rehabilitation sites with the Veterans Affairs Department, U.S. Special Operations Command and DHA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.
“Our work over the past five years has yielded steady progress in developing new treatments for traumatic brain injuries,” said Kamal Narang, vice president and head of GDIT’s health sector. “We are excited to continue this journey and advance new discoveries on behalf of America’s wounded warriors, their families and anyone suffering from this type of injury.”