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Leadership

The following individuals serve as the CENC Leadership Team:

Dr. David X. Cifu, M.D.
CENC Project Director & Principal Investigator

Dr. David X. Cifu, M.D. is the Associate Dean for Innovation and System Integration in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (VCU-SOM), and the Chairman and Herman J. Flax, M.D. Endowed Professor (tenured) of the VCU-SOM Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) in Richmond, VA. He is also Chief of PM&R Services for the VCU Health System and Founding Director of the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering. He is the Senior TBI Specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the Director of Sports Sciences for the NHL Florida Panthers. He has been funded on 42 research grants for over $135 million, including currently serving as Principal Investigator of the VA/DoD $62.2 million CENC. In his more than 25 years as an academic physiatrist, he has delivered more than 540 regional, national, and international lectures, published more than 220 scientific articles and 65 abstracts, and co-authored or edited 30 books and book chapters. He is the former President of the American Academy of PM&R (2007-2008), Editor-in-Chief of the 5th edition of Braddom’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation textbook (2015), and co-Editor-in-Chief of the all-new Braddom’s Handbook of Rehabilitation Medicine (2018).
COL Dr. Sidney R. Hinds, M.D.
CENC Co-Project Director & Principal Investigator

COL Hinds graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1988 and served as a Medical Service Corps Officer from 1988 until 1992. He received his M.D. from the University of Connecticut Health Center and was re-commissioned as an Army Captain in 1996. COL Hinds is a neurologist and nuclear medicine physician who is currently serving as the Brain Health Research Program Coordinator for the DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office and as the Medical Advisor to the Principle Assistant for Research and Technology (PAR&T), Medical Research and Materiel Command, FT Detrick, MD.  He most recently served as the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center’s (DVBIC) fifth national director from July 1, 2013 to 16 March 2016.  In his current capacity, he serves to collaborate, advise and promote military relevant neurological and psychological medical and non-medical research efforts within the DoD and with external partners. The CENC is one of his efforts to accomplish this mission. The creation of this consortium was in direct response to the National Research Action Plan (NRAP) of 2013.
Dr. Kristine Yaffe, M.D.
CENC Co-Project Director & Principal Investigator

Dr. Kristine Yaffe attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree, received her M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed residencies in Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is the Scola Endowed Chair and Vice Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology at UCSF, and the Chief of NeuroPsychiatry and Director of the Memory Evaluation Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.  In her research, clinical work, and mentoring, she has directed her efforts towards improving the care of patients with cognitive disorders and other geriatric neuropsychiatric conditions. As the principal investigator of multiple grants from the NIH, DoD, and several foundations, she is a leading expert in the modifiable risk factors of dementia, and she has published over 440 peer-reviewed articles in numerous prestigious journals including the Lancet, BMJ, JAMA, and NEJM. Dr. Yaffe served as the Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Cognitive Aging which released a report in 2015 entitled, “Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action”.  She is also a member of the Council of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Alzheimer’s Association Medical & Scientific Advisory Council.  Dr. Yaffe has been recognized by Thomas Reuters as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds and has received several awards for her scholarly work, including the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Distinguished Scientist Award and the 2017 Potamkin Prize from the American Academy of Neurology.

The Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium is jointly funded by the Department of Defense (award # W81XWH-13-2-0095) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (award #’s I01 CX001135, I01 CX001246, I01 RX001774, I01 RX001135, I01 RX002076, I01 RX001880, I01 RX002172, I01 RX002173, I01 RX002171, I01 RX002174, and I01 RX002170) / Created by VCU University Relations