Media Advisory: News Conference 'Physical Toll of PTSD'

By Steve Tokar

WHAT: A news conference about growing evidence that post-traumatic stress disorder takes a physical toll. Researchers, a policy expert, and a decorated veteran will discuss links between PTSD and changes in the brain, heart, and immune system; increased risk of dementia and early aging; and other physiological changes.


  • Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, national mental health care advocate
  • Dr. Michael Weiner, director of the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases, San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Dr. Thomas Neylan, director of the PTSD Program, San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • A retired US Navy SEAL

WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 12:15 - 1 p.m.

WHERE: The Brain at War national conference on neurocognitive consequences of combat, presented by NCIRE- The Veterans Health Research Institute:

Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel
609 Sutter St., San Francisco


  • News conference
  • Keynote speech by decorated Navy SEAL immediately following news conference

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Tokar, NCIRE, 415-221-4810, ext. 5202. On the day of the event, call cellphone 415-722-3359