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NHRC Shares Research that Supports Warfighter Readiness at MHSRS

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Naval Health Research Center

KISSIMMEE, Florida – Scientists from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) attended the 2017 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHRSRS), Aug. 27-30, to share their latest research that supports the readiness and health of U.S. warfighters.

MHSRS is a scientific meeting focused on the unique medical research needs of the U.S. armed forces. Scientists from across the Department of Defense (DoD), share information about current research initiatives for new treatments and prevention measures for injuries and diseases that improve mission readiness and protect the health of warfighters on and off the battlefield.

“I assumed command two weeks ago and this symposium was the perfect opportunity to learn more about our researchers and their work,” said Capt. Marshall Monteville, NHRC’s commanding officer. “The presentations on NHRC’s current studies provided valuable insight about the readiness questions and challenges our lab is answering. Our warfighters are operating in an uncertain world and they need to be prepared for whatever threat comes their way. It’s our job, as researchers, to anticipate the threats to their health and readiness to support their preparedness.”

Among the keynote speakers was Dr. David Smith, acting principle deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, who told researchers they were the critical human foundation for military medicine’s successes in saving lives on and off the battlefield.

Researchers from each of NHRC’s core research areas—Operational Readiness and Health, Operational Infectious Diseases, and Military Population Health— are doing their part to advance the success of military medicine and help prepare warfighters for the battlespace of the future, wherever that may be.

During the symposium, NHRC’s scientists shared their research findings with military medicine colleagues and partners from academia and industry on a broad array of topics during breakout and poster sessions that highlight the innovative work they’re doing, including:

• New-onset asthma and deployment
• Adenovirus serotypes
• Meningococcal disease surveillance
• Health-related quality of life among combat-injured military
• Musculoskeletal injury risk
• Military eye injury rates
• Identifying neuromarkers for mTBI in an immersive virtual reality environment

“This is my first Military Health Research Symposium and I am amazed by the breadth and depth of the NHRC research presented,” said Dr. Kenneth Earhart, NHRC’s science director and retired Navy infectious disease physician. “Our scientists have shared their study findings by giving more than 28 presentations across all days and most sessions. It’s clear that our scientists are having a profound impact on the readiness, performance, and quality of life of our war fighters and their families.”

As the DoD’s premier deployment health research center, NHRC’s cutting-edge research and development is used to optimize the operational health and readiness of the nation’s armed forces. In proximity to more than 95,000 active duty service members, world-class universities, and industry partners, NHRC sets the standard in joint ventures, innovation, and translational research.

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