General Dynamics Awarded Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Research Contract
April 9, 2019
GDIT will continue research, development and analysis for treating traumatic brain injury.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) announced today it has been awarded a new contract by the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). Through this contract, GDIT will continue to conduct research on traumatic brain injury (TBI), diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation methods and the effect of repetitive exposure to sub-concussive blasts from weapons. The $44 million sole-source contract includes a six-month base period with four three-month options.
“GDIT is proud to continue providing expert research and analysis in support of DHA,” said Vice President Kamal Narang, head of GDIT’s Health Sector. “Our work over the past five years has yielded steady progress in developing new treatments for traumatic brain injuries. 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.”
GDIT has supported this contract through a network of 21 sites since 2014. These include military treatment facilities, major trauma rehabilitation sites within the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and DHA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. GDIT was awarded the original contract in January 2014.
DVBIC is DHA’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence component. Their mission is to provide TBI clinical research investigations, including: the impact of repetitive low-level blast exposure, assessing clinical treatment outcomes and conducting TBI surveillance. DVBIC also implements methods, treatment, clinical recommendations and knowledge products into the regimen for TBI patients. They also support the implementation of TBI provider training at DoD military treatment facilities.
Through this new 18-month contract, GDIT will continue to assist in the development of the pathway of care for TBI patients through data collection, analysis and the measurement of health outcomes. GDIT will also develop educational material and assist in the training of clinical providers for the treatment of TBI.
The Defense Health Agency is a joint, integrated-combat support agency. It enables the medical services of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force to provide support to combatant commands in both peacetime and wartime.