Peter Chiarelli wants scientists and clinicians working at labs and universities across the country to more actively pass around information and findings concerning advances in traumatic brain injury research.
It is likely the audience at the Kroc Center, assembled for a research symposium on “Advances in Warrior Care,” was listening closely, for Chiarelli has a commanding presence.
In fact, he is the Army’s former vice chief of staff, a retired four-star general who now heads a think tank and project called One Mind for Research. In speaking, Chiarelli wanted to drive home a few central points.
Foremost, he says that, with all the TBI-related research going on across the country, the benefits flowing from it should be more quickly forthcoming. That they aren’t disturbs him.
“I’m not saying to end the way you do things,” he told researchers. “I’m just saying take the next step.”
The next step, he says, is to put down the shields that make research teams closely guard their data and secure all their findings as proprietary. Doing that, he says, flatly closes the door on important research sharing, making advances much slower for head injury victims in both the military and among the general population.
At a time when information can be so quickly and easily shared, Chiarelli argues that the hide-it-until-it’s-published manner of doing things creates a strong disincentive to collaborate.
That must change, he says, and his organization can start the ball rolling. One Mind for Research intends to raise as much as $100 million for TBI research, and Chiarelli says that all the findings will be shared publicly on the project’s website, so that all researchers can benefit and contribute.
“We hope that our portal proves to folks that you can share data and have success,” he told his audience.
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Source: The Augusta Chronicle, “Private sector will lead in breakthroughs in brain disorders, general says,” Tom Corwin, Oct. 29, 2012