112717-N-LJ212-015: Lt. Cmdr. Mark Simons (center, behind), Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), Infectious Diseases Directorate, shows Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen, Commander, Navy Medicine West, Chief of the Navy Medical Corps (front) and Capt. Adam Armstrong, commanding officer, NMRC, a laboratory wound infection model during a visit to NMRC, November 27.
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.
NMW has oversight of NMRC, headquarters for the Navy Medicine Research and Development enterprise.
“Coming here, meeting the men and women making contributions to the readiness of our warfighters was a very valuable and rewarding experience,” said Pearigen. “The work being done here is important, exciting and challenging.” He added, “The research that goes on in this building and throughout Navy Medicine’s R&D research facilities in the U.S. and around the world greatly contributes to our nation’s warfighters, our defense, and our safety.”
Pearigen toured the Directorate for Administration, the Advanced Medical Development Directorate, the Operational and Undersea Medicine Directorate, the Infectious Diseases Directorate, and he learned about the value of the DoD Bone Marrow registry and the program’s bone marrow donor drives. Pearigen also toured the NMRC Clinical Trials Center, located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.
NMRC and the laboratories deliver high-value, high-impact research products to support and protect today's deployed warfighters. At the same time researchers are focused on the readiness and well-being of future forces.
In addition to operating as an independent laboratory within the Navy Medicine Research and Development enterprise, NMRC functions as headquarters for seven other Navy Medicine biomedical research laboratories: Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, California; Naval Medical Research Unit – San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; Naval Medical Research Unit – Dayton, Dayton, Ohio; Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory, Groton, Connecticut; Naval Medical Research Center – Asia, Singapore, Asia; U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6, Lima, Peru, and U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3, Cairo, Egypt.
During an All Hands call after the tour, Pearigen said “To the men and women here in uniform, I want to say I recognize that you are all in various stages of your military and scientific careers. There is so much ahead of you that you haven’t even dreamed of, and I am honored you chose to do it in uniform. Your contributions not only benefit the warfighter, but have the potential to benefit humanity as a whole.”
NMRC’s eight laboratories are engaged in a broad spectrum of activity from basic science in the laboratory to field studies at sites in austere and remote areas of the world to operational environments. In support of the Navy, Marine Corps, and joint U.S. warfighters, researchers study infectious diseases; biological warfare detection and defense; combat casualty care; environmental health concerns; aerospace and undersea medicine; medical modeling, simulation and operational mission support; and epidemiology and behavioral sciences.