VAI Aids Veterans Study

October 19, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — Technicians from Van Andel Institute have installed a data tracking system that will better enable clinicians at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System to track and study human tissue samples. The system’s first application will be used to track saliva samples in a study of U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Van Andel Tissue Repository is an expanding collection of more than 200,000 human pathology samples obtained from Grand Rapids-area hospitals and used for the study of disease. The system, which allows users to organize, track and search data and samples, has been licensed to Veterans Affairs. VA clinicians are in the process of collecting and processing samples of salivary cortisone, a biological marker of stress, from the patients enrolled in a study to determine the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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