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79th Medical Wing Commanding Officer Visits Naval Medical Research Center
Released: 3/15/2017

From Naval Medical Research Center Public Affairs
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The Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) was pleased to welcome a United States Air Force visitor from Joint Base Andrews, Colonel Sharon Bannister, Commander, 79th Medical Wing.


SILVER SPRING, MD. – Air Force Colonel Sharon Bannister, commanding officer, 79th Medical Wing, was welcomed by Navy Captain Jacqueline Rychnovsky, commanding officer, Navy Medical Research Center (NMRC), March 6. Bannister, accompanied by Air Force Major Peter Carra, Executive Officer, 79th Medical Wing, discussed the capabilities of NMRC’s En Route Medical Care Program with the NMRC research team.

Bannister was given a quick briefing from Air Force Colonel Debra Malone, Co-Investigator, En Route Care Program, NMRC, before a guided tour of the facilities. The research team demonstrated several unique and one-of-a-kind capabilities at the laboratory.

Specifically, the research team demonstrated the NMRC hypobaric chamber. The tour led by Dr. Richard McCarron, Department Head of Neurotrauma, NMRC, and Dr. Anke Scultetus, Principle Investigator on the project, simulated  patient transport under hypobaric conditions for hours at a time.

Recent advances in battlefield medicine allows wounded warfighters better chances of survival.  However, such advancements have also highlighted the need for a better understanding of the conditions for the transport of wounded service members from the battlefield.

The Neurotrauma Department at NMRC has initiated a series of studies investigating pre-clinical models of militarily-relevant disorders including traumatic brain injury (TBI), polytrauma, orthopedic injury, lung injury, hemorrhage, and infection. The department has recently developed the unique capability of studying the effects of simulated flight on physiological and anatomical outcomes in instrumented laboratory models.
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