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Citadel News Service
31 Jan 2011

Research in post-traumatic stress disorder to be focus of lecture

A Lowcountry doctor will discuss his research on new treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans when he comes to The Citadel on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Dr. Ron Acierno will speak at 4:30 p.m. in Duckett Hall Auditorium. His lecture is free and open to the public. Acierno’s lecture is part of The Citadel Department of Psychology’s annual Leverett Lecture in honor of the late J. Patrick Leverett. Leverett taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and was known for his excellence and dedication to students at The Citadel. He died in 2005.

Acierno is the director of the PTSD clinical treatment team at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston. He also is a professor of psychiatry, military sciences, and psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been conducting clinical trials on the efficacy of treatment for PTSD. He will talk about home-based telemedicine for veterans with PTSD and will present his research findings.

Telemedicine is a rapidly developing application of clinical medicine where medical information is transferred through interactive audiovisual media for the purpose of consulting, and sometimes remote medical procedures or examinations. Telemedicine may be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone, or as complex as using satellite technology and videoconferencing equipment to conduct a real-time consultation between medical specialists in two different countries. Telemedicine generally refers to the use of communications and information technologies for the delivery of clinical care.

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