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NHRC was established in June 1959 as the U.S. Navy Medical Neuropsychiatric Research Unit (NMNPRU). The first formal longitudinal research study started in spring 1960. In 1974, by authority of the Chief of Naval Operations, NMNPRU was redesignated as NHRC, with the mission to study military medical and psychological aspects of health and performance. We are one of the eight laboratories within the Navy Medicine Research & Development Enterprise. Together, we support military mission readiness with research and development that delivers high-value, high-impact solutions to the health and readiness challenges our service men and women. NHRC’s team comprises researchers and scientists whose areas of expertise include physiology, microbiology, biomedical engineering, psychology, epidemiology, and software engineering. Our staff is a mix of active duty service members, federal civil service employees, and contractors who are dedicated to our vision of being DoD’s premier operational health research center.


Our science spans a wide spectrum, from operational physical readiness and joint medical planning to wounded warrior recovery and behavioral health needs, focusing on the health, readiness, and well-being of our nation’s military members and their families. Our research is operationally relevant and driven by fleet requirements. Our core research areas are Operational Readiness and Health, Military Population Health, and Operational Infectious Diseases.

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