|NHRC Educates Teachers About Military Medical Research
SAN DIEGO – Twenty-five high school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers toured the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), Jan. 12, to see a working research lab in action and gain insights they could take back to the classroom to inspire the next generation of scientists.
NAMRU-SA Research Dentist Inspires Interest in STEM at Middle School Career Day
SAN ANTONIO – A Naval Medical Research Unit – San Antonio dentist attended Career Day at a local San Antonio middle school, November 17. The Joel C. Harris Academy in San Antonio welcomed Lt Cmdr. Jeffrey Hoyle, a research dentist, back for an encore presentation for their annual event. Hoyle presented to almost 100 sixth graders across four classes.
Modern Tools for Modern Medical Planning
The concept of medical planning is not new. Throughout the Civil War, Clara Barton collected and delivered wagon loads of bandages and other medical supplies to U.S. Army doctors caring for wounded Union soldiers. Barton, a trailblazer in combat care, also tended to the wounded on battlefields and prepared them for evacuation.
The Kraken™ Goes to Battle Against Spatial Disorientation
The Disorientation Research Device (DRD), otherwise known by its official Navy-branded moniker, the Kraken™, is the Navy’s newest weapon in the battle against a long-standing noncombat threat to aviators and aircrews: spatial disorientation (SD). The DRD was created to provide unprecedented research capability to address this persistent threat.
The Little Lab That Could
With an initial budget of $30,000 from the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, furniture and office equipment supplied from a nearby Navy confinement facility, and a mission “to conduct research in neuropsychiatry as it applies to naval service,” the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) was commissioned on 1 June 1959.
Navy Medicine West Visits Naval Medical Research Center
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen, commander, Navy Medicine West (NMW) and Chief of the Navy Medical Corps visited the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) to tour facilities, meet with staff, and learn more about the NMRC’s research endeavors to support warfighter health and readiness, November 27.
NAMRU-6 Presents Research on Distinguishing Zika Virus Cases from Other Arboviral Infections
BALTIMORE – Researchers from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center No. 6 in Lima, Peru, (NAMRU-6) shared findings on distinguishing Zika virus infections from other arboviral infections through a clinic-based febrile surveillance program during a time of active Zika circulation. The findings were presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting, November 7.
NMRC Researcher Ties for First at the Armed Forces Open Chess Championship
SILVER SPRING, Md. – A Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) scientist tied for first at the Armed Forces Open (AFO) chess championship held at West Point Military Academy, New York, October 7-9 with a score of 4.5/5. Lt. Chaselynn Watters, Microbiologist, Wound Infections Department (WID), was one of 44 active duty, reservists, and retired military representatives from across the Navy, Marines, Army, and Air Force.
Naval Medical Research Center NREIP Intern Receives Award at SciX 2017
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Former Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) intern, Krystine Hill, was awarded a Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) student poster award and received a Society of Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) undergraduate student travel grant for work presented at SciX 2017 (the Great Scientific Exchange), the FACSS annual meeting, October 10.
Top Defense Health Agency R&D Official Visits NHRC
SAN DIEGO – The Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) acting director for Research and Development, Sean Biggerstaff, got an in-depth look at the work being done at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) to support warfighter health and readiness, Oct. 25.
NHRC Celebrates 242nd Marine Corps Birthday
SAN DIEGO – The Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) celebrated the U.S. Marine Corps’ 242nd birthday with the traditional cake-cutting ceremony and reading of the commandant of the Marine Corps’ birthday message, Nov. 8.
Naval Attachés Learn About Naval Health Research Center’s Relentless Pursuit of Readiness
SAN DIEGO – Staff from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) hosted 14 visiting foreign military officers and their five U.S. escorts, Oct. 23. The tour was sponsored by the U.S. Navy Foreign Liaison Office, part of the Chief of Naval Operations office at the Pentagon. The goal of the program is to expose foreign officers to the U.S. Navy’s diversity, facilities, capabilities, personnel, and culture.
NAMRU-SA Researcher Serves as Official USA Archery Judge at Valor Games Southwest
SAN ANTONIO – An electronics technician at the Naval Medical Research Unit – San Antonio (NAMRU-SA) served as the official USA Archery Judge for the Valor Games Southwest, San Antonio, Texas, September 25 – 27. Through the power of sport, competition, and camaraderie, the Valor Games provides an opportunity for disabled veterans and active duty service members to challenge their personal limits in a spirited competition in seven sports, including archery. San Antonio Sports hosted the event, for the fifth consecutive year, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee; and community and corporate partners.
R&D Chronicles: Dr. Rivers and the Origin of NAMRU-2 Part II of III
By the end of January 1944, Dr. Tom Rivers stood at the helm of an organization that had yet to be realized. As the Officer in Charge of U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No.2 (NAMRU-2), Rivers would have the sizeable task of adapting concept into reality—i.e., recruiting personnel, acquiring the requisite equipment and supplies, and standing up the command.
R&D Chronicles: The Story of Dr. Rivers and the Origin of NAMRU-2 Part I
The Rockefeller Institute, now Rockefeller University, in Manhattan, New York, has been the nation’s preeminent biomedical research center since its inception in 1901. Over the course of its storied history, the Rockefeller Institute has been home to some of the most significant figures in medical science. Among them was the Jonesboro, Georgia-born Dr. Thomas Milton Rivers (1888-1962).
Improving Bioprepardness in West Africa
KISSIMMEE, Florida – A Navy Commander from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit. No. 3 – Cairo (NAMRU-3) Ghana Detachment presented a poster highlighting capacity building in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), August 27 – 30. The team also includes collaborators from NAMRU-3 in Cairo and the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Maryland as well as other military, government, and academic intuitions.
The Development of a Nanofibrous Scaffold for the Recruitment of Fibroblast During Wound Healing
KISSIMMEE, Florida – A researcher from the Naval Medical Research Unit – San Antonio (NAMRU-SA) shared findings on the fabrication and characterization of a novel nanofibrous scaffold that could potentially improve wound healing by enhancing wound closure, promoting hemostasis, and acting as a temporary physical barrier against debris and microbial pathogens during the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), August 27 – 30.
NMRC Researchers Present Research on Aeromedical Evacuation of Combat Casualties at MHSRS
Naval Medical Research Center researchers presented a poster on aeromedical
evacuation of combat casualties at the Military Health System Research
Symposium, August 28, Kissimmee, Florida. Pictured from left to right, Dr.
Richard McCarron, Department Head, Neurotrauma Department, Naval Medical
Research Center (NMRC), Dr. Anke Scultetus, Senior Scientist, NMRC and United States Air Force Col. Debra Malone. (U.S. Navy Photo/Released/Katie Berland)
Tackling Common Problems: NASA Scientists and NSMRL Researchers
GROTON, CT. – A three person team from the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL), traveled to the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, Texas, to discuss current research regarding the relationship between carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and performance in enclosed working and living environments, May 17-19, 2017.
Summer Interns Support Unique Research at NAMRU – Dayton
DAYTON – Over the years, Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton (NAMRU-D) has offered summer internships to promising students in an effort to maintain a commitment to developing their skills and encouraging them to lend their talents to the advancement of military medical research.
R&D Chronicles: Dr. Krueger and the Story of the First NAMRU
On January 31, 1941, the U.S. Navy mobilized a small medical research laboratory on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley under the helm of Capt. Albert Paul Krueger, Medical Corps, United States Naval Reserve (1902-1982). Originally authorized by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) on October 1, 1934, this Naval Reserve Laboratory Research Unit No. 1, as it was known, had been the brainchild of Krueger – a forward-thinking bacteriologist and expert on respiratory diseases.
Navy Undersea Medical Officer and Anesthesiologist Slated for Research at Naval Medical Research Center
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Lt. Cmdr. William “Andy” Cronin received a research grant from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) to study at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), July 2017 – July 2018. Cronin, an Undersea Medical Officer and Anesthesiologist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Anesthesia Department, is the first active-duty service member to receive this particular FAER grant.
Surface Warfare Officer Selected NAMRU-Dayton for Graduate Internship
DAYTON – Ohio Lieutenant Joshua Roaf, an instructor at the Department of Naval Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, selected Naval Medical Research Unit- Dayton (NAMRU-D) to complete a Masters of Professional Science Internship. Roaf served as a graduate intern for the Environmental Health Effects Laboratory at NAMRU-D from May - August 2017
Meet NAMRU-SA’s Research Dentists –Focused on Innovation to Support Warfighter Readiness
SAN ANTONIO – Research dentists in the Craniofacial Health and Restorative Medicine Directorate (CH&RM) at Naval Medical Research Unit - San Antonio (NAMRU-SA), continue a strong and proud tradition of dedicating their service to ensure dental readiness and heath for service members around the globe by being at the forefront of dental research, science, and innovation.
Keeping Cool with Science
On land or at sea, from scorching deserts to sweltering engineering spaces, military operations often require service members to work in environments that make heat safety a constant concern. When factoring in individual activity and fitness levels, gear, equipment, and clothing, body heat isn’t the only thing building up—the potential for heat injuries rises, too.
Peruvian Navy Surgeon General and Other Distinguished Guests Visit Naval Medical Research Center
SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Peruvian Navy Surgeon General, RADM Julio C. Cacho-Moran, and Peruvian Navy personnel from the “Direccion de Salud Naval,” as well as Capt. Guillermo Pimentel, commanding officer, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 – Peru (NAMRU-6), visited the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) for a tour of research facilities and a meet-and-greet with Capt. Adam Armstrong, commanding officer, NMRC, June 16.
NMRC Summer Interns Arrive, All Ready to Research
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Researchers from the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) welcomed sixteen summer interns from all over the country to assist with various research projects May – July, 2017.
NAMRU-SA Research Dentist Competes for IRONMAN "All World Athlete" Status
SAN ANTONIO – “Always trust your training,” said Lt. Noel Dickens, department head, Biomaterials and Epidemiology Department, Naval Medical Research Unit – San Antonio (NAMRU-SA). Dickens, kindly known around NAMRU-SA as ‘The Crusher’ for his indomitable spirit, recently competed in an IRONMAN Texas competition on April 22, 2017.
Navy Core Values and Grit in Action – A Trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp
LIMA, PERU – Hospital Corpsman First Class Logan Ortlieb from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 – Peru (NAMRU-6) trekked to the base camp of one of the tallest mountains in the world – Mt. Everest, March 2017. “I am always looking for something to push me out of my comfort zone and push me to be a better person; climbing at 18,000 feet is great way to test your mental strength,” said Ortlieb.
NMRC Participation in the NATO COMEDS Visit to the National Capital Region
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Researchers and representatives from the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) highlighted current projects and products during the NATO Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services (COMEDS) visit. Ft. Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, hosted COMEDS, as part of a three day visit to the Washington, D.C. area. The Ft. Detrick day included tours and medical displays from the Navy, Army and Air Force, June 1.
Naval Medical R&D Enterprise Holds Commander’s Conference
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) held the Research and Development Enterprise Commander’s Conference, May 4-5, 2017. The conference provided an opportunity for the laboratory leadership to discuss success, challenges and future goals.
NAMRU-D Showcases Scientific Skill to Navy Medicine West Leadership
DAYTON, Oh. – All hands were on deck to welcome Rear Admiral Paul D. Pearigen, commander, Navy Medicine West, to the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D), April 3. Having previously visited the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 6 (NAMRU-6) in Peru as part of a larger tour of the Naval Medical Research Enterprise, the Dayton visit was the first for Pearigen.
Navy Researchers Investigate Phage Therapy to Treat Periodontal Infections
SAN ANTONIO – Representing mission readiness is critical to the success of the U.S. military and the health of service members is of highest importance. Almost 20 percent of all emergency department visits at a deployed expeditionary medical support facility during Operation Enduring Freedom were the result of dental disease.
Science Takes on Sexual Assault
Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) hosted a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) activity April 27, to highlight the important role that science and research have in preventing sexual assault.
NAMRU-6 Holds Change of Command Ceremony
PERU –Capt. Guillermo “Billy” Pimentel relieved Capt, Adam W. Armstrong as commanding officer of U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 6 (NAMRU-6), Peru, March 27, 2017.
R&D Chronicles: Dr. Niiranen and the Birth of “Mr. Disaster”
“As gruesome as it may be, the realism of the plastic manikin is expected to play an important part in helping to indoctrinate military personnel to their roles as emergency physicians in the event of an atomic attack or other emergencies.”
~Modern Plastics on the Invention of “Mr. Disaster,” March 1954
Naval Medical Research Center Researcher Travels to Hungary for Annual NATO Chess Tournament
SILVER SPRING, Md. – “At these tournaments, my mind is teeming with pawns and little else,” said Lt. Chaselynn Watters, staff scientist in the Wound Infections Department at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC). Watters was selected to represent the United States Navy at the 28th annual North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Chess Championship held at the ornate and historic Stefania Palace, Cultural Center of National Defense, Budapest, Hungary, March 26 – April 1, 2017.
Supporting the 21st Century Sailor with Science
SAN DIEGO – Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) welcomed Rear Adm. Ann Burkhardt, director, 21st Century Sailor Office, on an official visit, March 13. During the visit, Burkhardt met with Capt. Rita Simmons, NHRC’s commanding officer, and other key scientific personnel to discuss the command’s research that aligns with 21st Century Sailor initiatives.
79th Medical Wing Commanding Officer Visits Naval Medical Research Center
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 Navy research team.
NMRC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases Presents on Medical Research in the U.S. Navy at Alma Mater
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Commander Michael Stockelman, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), presented a seminar to the Cancer Biology Program at his Alma Mater, University of Cincinnati (UC), March 12, entitled “Medical Research in the U.S. Navy with an Emphasis on Infectious Disease” to a room full of his former mentors and teachers, as well as scientists and industry professionals.
Military Medicine Provides ‘World-Class Solutions for Combat Casualties’
SAN DIEGO – Experts across the Military Health System are collaborating with civilian researchers on an advanced alternative to socket-based prosthetics for some amputees. Osseointegration, a process that attaches the prosthesis directly to the skeleton, can improve comfort and mobility for qualified patients with amputations.
NAMRU-3 Vector Biology Teams Up with Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health Center Colleagues
ABUJA, Nigeria – Four U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. Three (NAMRU-3) vector biologists and other staff members traveled to Abuja and Enugu State, Nigeria, in February to expand on collaborative research efforts in the region, as well as to survey for arboviruses transmission. They were joined by researchers at the National Arbovirus and Vectors Research Center (NAVRC), as well as soldiers from the 82 Division, Nigerian Army, who will be included in an arbovirus risk mapping project.
R&D Chronicles: The Mosquito Fighters, Part XII: The Quest for Medicine’s Holy Grail
With the success of recent Navy and Army-lead clinical trials of Sanaria’s PfSpz (Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite) vaccine, medical science is on the cusp of a historic breakthrough and one that would forever shift the global health dynamic. This is a story many decades in the making and one that has crossed through the very epicenters of Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) and its forbearer, the Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI).
Naval Medical Research Center 2016 Junior Officer of the Year
SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Junior Officer of the Year (JOOY) program is an opportunity for military officers to be recognized for their contributions to the command research mission and their commitment to leadership and professionalism as a Naval Officer. The Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) recently named Lt. Joshua Swift as the Junior Officer of the Year for 2016.
NHRC Researcher Studies Impact of Operational Postures on Low Back Pain
Recent research from Naval Health Research Center’s Warfighter Performance Department found that the sitting position was associated with high rates of low back pain (LBP) and disc degeneration among U.S. service members who participated in the study. Research findings were recently published in the January issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.
NAMRU-2 Establishes Regional Reference Laboratory in Cambodia
CAMBODIA -- Located between the eastern banks of the Mekong River and adjacent to the Vietnamese border, Kampong Cham Province is the fourth largest province in Cambodia by population and a key supply corridor for Cambodia and neighboring countries. Since 2005, sporadic cases of H5N1 Avian Influenza have been detected in this region. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 (NAMRU-2), in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), and the Provincial Health Department (PHD) in Kampong Cham, established longitudinal research and epidemiological surveillance studies in this province starting in 2006, which provided important public health information for the Ministry of Health.
Navy Medicine Researchers Focus on Monitoring the Immune System to Diagnose and Treat Traumatic Injuries
SAN ANTONIO – Researchers at the Naval Medical Research Unit - San Antonio (NAMRU-SA) are working to understand both the physiologic and molecular changes occurring in response to traumatic injury. One of the primary focus areas of this research is the identification of the mechanisms within the immune system that respond to injury, specifically hemorrhage and poly-trauma. “Traumatic injury is a leading cause of mortality in the military and civilian population. The loss of blood, combined with tissue damage, initiates a physiologic response that can promote both reparative wound healing and deleterious inflammation, depending on the predisposition of the affected individual’s immune system,” said Dr. Madelaine Paredes, researcher in NAMRU-SA’s Immunodiagnostic and Bioassay Development Department.
Navy Lab Opens a State of the Art Insectary in the Amazon Region of Peru
LIMA, Peru – The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6) celebrated the opening of a new insectary, December 9, 2016. The event started with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Honorable Brian Nichols, U.S. Ambassador to Peru, and the Commanding Officer of the Naval Medical Research Center, Capt. Jacqueline Rychnovsky, attended the event along with other invited guests. The new insectary will be an important asset to continue the fight against vector borne diseases like malaria and dengue fever.
New Bio-Informatics Software Allows for Interactive, Real-Time Analysis of Sequence Data
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Researchers from the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), in collaboration with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, developed, tested and deployed to the field a unique software package. EDGE, short for Empowering the Development of Genomics Expertise, is designed to lower the barrier of bioinformatics, both in terms of hardware and ease of use.