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CNS Provides Vital Testimony to Michigan Legislators on Diagnosis for Veterans with Brain Injuries

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Novi, MI – Following a powerful lineup of experts, CNS, a Novi-based research and diagnosis based non-profit, presented powerful testimony to The House Committee on their initiative “Hope After Combat.” The program, which includes a 30 to 60-day TBI treatment experience, was developed after seeing the dire need of our veterans had in securing an accurate diagnosis as a first step in fostering a better quality of life.

Testifying in front of the House Military and Veteran Affairs Committee chaired by Rep.Tom Barrett, Majority Vice Chair Hughes and Minority Vice Chair Rutledge, the committee learned about the “Hope After Combat,” initiative and related efforts of military leaders, Chairmen and CEO’s engaged in work on behalf of our veterans. The distinguished list of presenters included:

  •  John Russell, CEO, Executive Director, Co-Founder, Center for Neurological Studies (CNS)
  • Maj. Melvin “Mel” H. Patton, (Ret.), Member, CNS Board of Directors
  • Les Croyle, VFW National Council Member
  • Randall Benson, MD, Vice President, Medical Director, Co-Founder, CNS
  • Todd Nadeau, MA, LLP, Clinical Therapist, Center for Neurological Studies
  • Jeffrey Leighton, MS (PhD Candidate) and Director of Cognitive Research, CNS
  • John Cornack, President, Eisenhower Center
  • Jim Cowper, President, Contract Professionals, Inc.
  • Thomas Laboda, Director of Business Development, Waltonen Engineering

As the legislators learned more about recent and continued advances in diagnostic testing and cognitive rehabilitation available through CNS, it became evident that more energy needs to be placed within the State of Michigan to take a lead in providing services to our veterans with TBI.

“Any attempts to treat veterans with traumatic brain injuries begins with an accurate diagnosis,” said Dr. Benson. “Hope After Combat combines advanced imaging with neurological and neuropsychological testing, neuroendocrine evaluation and other diagnostic techniques so that we can chart a roadmap to healing which also includes speech-language pathology, psychological counseling, physical therapy, nutritional services, and other such services with access to hormone or binocular vision therapies, as needed.

Today, the U.S. Department of Defense estimates that upwards of 313,000 U.S. military veterans have been diagnosed with an mTBI, most of which were incurred following exposure to improvised explosive devices or IEDs.

“We were honored to be invited to speak on behalf of our work and the need of our veterans. It is our hope and intent that, together, we can be the Michigan-based organization to foster a solution to help our injured veterans,” said CNS’s Russell. “We don’t know of any program like this in the country and we were encouraged that a proclamation was voted on stressing the recognition and work, yet to do, for our veterans, ” he continued.

Founded in 2011, the objective of the non-profit CNS is to advance scientific research for neurovascular disease. The Center hosts patients from around the world who seek an accurate diagnosis using advanced neuroimaging techniques, especially in cases of mild- to moderate-TBI.

For information on CNS, its research and funding campaign, call (313) 228-0930 or visit

NOTE TO EDITORS: CNS staff are available for interview on brain injuries, brain-related diseases, and advanced brain imaging techniques. Topics may include concussions in sports, help for caregivers of loved ones suffering brain disease and concussions among combat veterans. Reach CNS (313) 228-0930.

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