Why this is important:
- War changes people – and their families back at home. In the UK this totals some 10m people – of which 4m are veterans.
- Overall, across the world, war and disaster are associated with greatly increased risks of suicide, PTSD and other psychological problems.
- We need to understand the neuroscience behind pain – both visible pain caused by wounds, and cognitive pain caused by psychological trauma.
- Our research has wider repercussions for refugees and those afflicted by natural disasters.