Hi CoachDD,CoachDD wrote:...As a Certified FM Health Coach, I am spearheading a "healthy living" program for local veterans so I'd be interested in learning more about this. Who should I contact?
Curious ~ do they support the possible benefits of the Bredesen Protocol?...
Any additional information or insight will be appreciated!
Deep thanks for your kind comments, and deep appreciation for your outreach to veterans' groups in your community. Here's a brief description of the Mission of the PRARP, from this website: https://cdmrp.army.mil/prarp/default
Here's a FAQ's page for consumer reviewers: https://cdmrp.army.mil/cwg/faq#19The Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's Research Panel (PRARP) is focused on the needs of both active military and veterans, as well as their families, care providers and communities, so the grants it recommends are not exclusively focused on the military.
Military personnel and other individuals living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) face an increased risk for developing several long-term health problems. These include Alzheimer’s-like dementia, aggression, memory loss, depression, and symptoms similar to those of other neurological diseases. The PRARP (formerly the Militarily Relevant Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program) was initiated in 2011 to address the long-term consequences of TBI as they pertain to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In FY16, the program was expanded to include AD-related dementias (ADRD) research as it pertains to TBI.
They're not kidding when they say it takes about 40 hours of work in the 4-6 weeks before the PRARP panels meets to review grant proposals! As a consumer, I am ONLY reviewing to what extent each proposal appears to be innovative and likely to have a high impact for patients, consumers, caregivers and community members, and to what extent it meets the Overarching Challenges and Focus Areas for this year. So for an average of 14 reviews, with two areas each and a 250 word critique, the total is about 7500 words to write. The entire panel meets to discuss each proposal over about 2 1/2 days (Sunday-Tuesday). No funding is decided at this panel. Only reviews which are highly rated are then passed on to a program funding panel that considers them for the available funds (about $15 million this year).
Panel members are not allowed (ever!) to share which panel they were on within the PRARP (there are several each year), which applications they reviewed, who the other reviewers were and the outcome on voting. The public can see which grants actually got reviewed on the PRARP site.
People in the panels are aware of Dr. Bredesen, and of ApoE 4 as a risk factor. I enjoyed conversations in the breaks we got, but often this is time to meet people from other panels and to discuss topics other than research! (The proposals can never be discussed outside the meeting room--sort of like being on a jury!) I don't know (and due to the confidentiality would likely never know) if Dr. Bredesen has ever applied for funding; I suspect not because of the TBI and military focus of these grants.
Here is a helpful summary of the 2019 Overarching Challenges and Focus Areas. https://cdmrp.army.mil/prarp/pbks/prarp ... et2019.pdf
Here is the application form for consumers (and the nominating organization). Julie G would be the person to contact if you wish o apply for 2020, when the panel is tentatively scheduled to meet in late fall (Nov or early Dec.)
Finally, here's a fascinating synopsis of research previously supported in part by PRARP, on effects of impaired sleep after TBI on the glymphatic system, which may have huge implications not only for TBI in vets, but for others with disrupted sleep cycles or dysfunction in this system.
https://cdmrp.army.mil/prarp/research_h ... _highlight
Hope this helps!