Glenn C. Cockerham and Gregory L. Goodrich, Both Members of the Research and Clinical Care for Traumatic Brain Injury and Related Vision Issues Team of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System, in California, Received the 2009 Olin E. Teague Award in Fall 2009

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Glenn C. Cockerham and Gregory L. Goodrich, both members of the Research and Clinical Care for Traumatic Brain Injury and Related Vision Issues Team of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System, in California, received the 2009 Olin E. Teague Award in fall 2009. Named for the second-most decorated combat veteran of World War II, the VA established the award to honor contributions in an area of utmost importance to the VA's mission of rehabilitation and improvement in the quality of life of war-injured veterans. A combination of research and clinical care, Drs. Goodrich and Cockerham's work has significantly improved the quality of life of veterans with eye and vision injuries. Their research efforts began in 2004, when they observed that soldiers and marines who were exposed to combat blasts also had disorders of visual and binocular function, as well as occult ocular injuries. Many or most of their discoveries related to traumatic brain injury had not been previously identified, and published scientific literature at the time did not discuss the impact of such injuries on the visual system or address the population of soldiers with blast-related vision disorders. The seminal research of Drs. Goodrich and Cockerham has not only led to the development Of better eye-and vision-injury detection, but also improved examination techniques and created innovative rehabilitation programs. …