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Sylvain Cardin, Ph.D.
Chief Science Director
Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio
 
Dr. Sylvain Cardin is the Chief Science Director at the Naval Medical Research Unit in San Antonio (NAMRU-SA), Texas.  He oversees NAMRU-SA’s research and ensures all projects are translated into knowledge and material products for military-level trauma care.
Dr. Cardin coordinated all Department of Defense (DoD) medical research as the Associate Director for Medical Research and Technology, Human Performance, Training, and BioSystems Directorate at the Office of The Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistic and The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, DoD at the Pentagon in Alexandria, Virginia. 
Dr. Cardin also served as the portfolio manager for the Forward Surgical and Intensive Critical Care in Fort Detrick, Maryland for the Joint Program Committee for Combat Casualty Care (JPC-6) under the DoD, Defense Health Affairs.  He was also the manager for the field medicine portfolio for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (MRMC) in Fort Detrick, Maryland.  Previously within MRMC, Dr. Cardin worked for Telemedicine Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) where he was the manager for the Human Performance Portfolio and deputy manager for the Neuro-Trauma Portfolio. 
Prior to his MRMC career, Dr. Cardin worked in the pharmaceutical industry on mechanisms and treatments of chronic diseases for several years.   Dr. Cardin holds a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Montreal, Québec, Canada where he focused on neuro-endocrine responses to exercise.  He has also conducted post-doctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles, the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, where he developed surgical techniques and performed medical research on chronic disease.

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