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From global deployments to underdeveloped regions to living and working in close quarters, service members are placed in unique situations that may increase their risk of contracting an infectious disease. The ability to rapidly detect and diagnose illness is vital to force health protection.


The work done by NHRC’s Infectious Diseases (ID) researchers contributes directly to force health protection by defining critical pathogen threats and directing appropriate intervention strategies.


  • Evaluate and transition diagnostic devices for rapid detection of illness in clinical and field settings
  • Protect warfighters from dangerous pathogens through early identification and diagnosis
  • Enable service members to employ point-of-need diagnostic devices to detect and diagnose infectious diseases in austere, field-forward settings


  • Test rapid diagnostic assays and advanced platforms
  • Large capacity, state-of-the-art freezer archive with nearly one million specimens that allow rapid validation of new technologies
  • Support for evaluation of point of need (PON) diagnostic devices for use in specific locations, including deployed battle groups, field aid stations, and clinical and reference labs
  • Provide training in pathogen diagnoses


  • Evaluation of the FluChip 8G device for testing 1000 samples for Flu A/B
  • Prospective clinical evaluation of the Ibis MAP Device
  • Evaluation of the BioFire Warrior Panel
  • Compare vaccine serologic response using current sample collection methods (serum) with dried blood spot (DBS) matrix for collection and processing in testing for immunogenicity of a variety of vaccinations

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