SILVER SPRING, Md. – Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) researchers will discuss their latest findings during the 2019 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), Aug. 19-22.
The scientific meeting will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida and will focus on the unique medical research needs of our armed forces. NMRC researchers will present their work to counter wound infections, malaria, decompression sickness, blast overpressure exposure, aeromedical evacuation effects and more and how it protects the health of warfighters on and off the battlefield.
“Our high value medical research, increases the quality of life of our warfighters operating in harm’s way,” said Capt. Adam W. Armstrong, commander, Naval Medical Research Center. “Our mission is to develop therapeutics, knowledge and products that effectively improves the health care of our Sailors and Marines.”
Scientists from across the entire Navy Medicine Research and Development Enterprise will join scientists from across the Department of Defense (DoD) to share information about current research initiatives for new treatments and prevention measures for injuries and diseases that improve mission readiness. They will discuss with their military medicine colleagues, and partners from academia and industry a broad range of topics during breakout and poster sessions that highlight the innovative work they’re doing, including:
-Define intrapersonal and interpersonal factors predicting early career success in prospective nuclear operators.
-Exploring the use of 5-Hydroxymethyl-2-Furfural (5-HMF), an organic compound formed by the dehydration of certain sugars, as a potential countermeasure to high altitude exposure.
-Have a better understanding of how wounded warfighters suffering from ruptured brain aneurysms can receive better medical treatment.
Among the many presenters, Dr. Anke H. Scultetus, head of NMRC’s En-Route Care and Critical Care Research Program, Neuro-Trauma Department, will introduce findings on how aeromedical evacuations can negatively impact a wounded warfighter suffering from a serious organ injury.
“There is increasing evidence of potentially adverse effects associated with aeromedical evacuation on physiology,” she said. “Wounded service members are of particular concern since changes in cabin pressure, temperature, and constant vibration could have detrimental effects on brain and polytrauma injuries.”
The theme for this year’s MHSRS is “Research for Readiness” and will focus on four primary areas: warfighter medical readiness, expeditionary medicine, warfighter performance, and return to duty.
As the DoD’s premier scientific meeting, MHSRS helps to facilitate the exchange of information between almost 3,000 attendees from around the world on health care topics related to combat casualty care, rehabilitative medicine, infectious diseases, medical simulation, and the operational readiness of the warfighter.
About Naval Medical Research Center
NMRC’s eight laboratories are engaged in a broad spectrum of activity from basic science in the laboratory to field studies at sites in austere and remote areas of the world to operational environments. In support of the Navy, Marine Corps, and joint U.S. warfighters, researchers study infectious diseases, biological warfare detection and defense, combat casualty care, environmental health concerns, aerospace and undersea medicine, medical modeling, simulation and operational mission support, and epidemiology and behavioral sciences.
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