NeuroTrauma Department

medics treat a combat casualtyThe NeuroTrauma Department at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) conducts research on a variety of topics pertinent to the protection, care, and resuscitation of combat casualties, primarily those occurring in austere circumstances with anticipated delay to definitive care.

The NeuroTrauma Department maintains three major programs. The Blast Research Program consists of human clinical and operational research together with several laboratory model systems. The Operational Medicine Program focuses primarily on emergent militarily relevant issues that could be immediately deployed onto the battlefield. Collaborative efforts with senior trauma surgeons at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center strengthen the translational value of laboratory evaluations. Research efforts in the Polytraumatics Program are designed to address pre-hospital and early-hospital treatment of combat trauma involving traumatic brain injury (TBI) with and without concomitant injuries (polytrauma) such as hemorrhagic shock (HS), acute respiratory distress syndrome or soft tissue and bone injuries.

The overall goal of the NeuroTrauma Department is to develop, or support development of, new improved field capable therapies and regimens of care that will save lives on the battlefield, en route to definitive care, and during early emergency care.