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Medical Research and Development

Advancing Medical Innovation for our Service Members through Research

The Research, Development, and Acquisition (RDA) is the core research program of the Department of Defense that was established in 2014 to enhance the related medical research and development programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Vision

Advance collaborative, innovative medical research and development to improve military community health and save lives on and off the battlefield.

Mission 

Implement best practices to responsibly design, prioritize and integrate medical research, development and acquisition programs across the continuum of care. By fostering strategic partnerships and transitioning medical discoveries to deployable products, RDA will enhance the readiness and resilience of the military community. 

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Zapping mosquitoes from the inside out

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7/29/2019
While chemical mosquito population control measures have been used with some degree of success, they are toxic to other insect populations and to the health of humans. A different angle of defense has emerged, which is genetic modification of the mosquito itself, making it transgenic. Transgenic mosquitoes are unable to transmit a pathogen, such as malaria, due to their altered genetic makeup. (DoD photo)

Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying at summer barbecues. In many parts of the world, they carry pathogens for Zika, dengue, yellow fever and malaria, the most devastating of mosquito-borne diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 440,000 people died in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 from malaria, contracted from the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Protecting U.S. military personnel who continue to serve in this part of world is critical.

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Bug Week: July 27 - August 2 | Mosquito-Borne Illnesses | Zika Virus | Preventing Mosquito-Borne Illnesses | Preventive Health | Innovation | Medical Research and Development | Deployment Health

Stop the Bleed: A battlefield innovation on civilian soil

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7/19/2019
USU's Dr. Craig Goolsby (center) observes as high school students at a conference in Orlando, Florida, practice using a tourniquet after watching a web-based tutorial. Goolsby is researching effective teaching methods as part of a grant to develop a trauma first-aid course for students that incorporates elements of Stop the Bleed. (USU photo by Sarah Marshall)

Program teaches public how to respond to bleeding emergencies

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Call for abstracts open for 2019 Military Health System Research Symposium

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2/11/2019
More than 3,000 people attended the 2018 MHSRS meeting. Attendees participated in a wide range of sessions targeting combat casualty care, military operational medicine including psychological health and resilience, clinical and rehabilitative medicine, medical simulation and health information sciences, and military infectious diseases. (DoD photo)

MHSRS is the DoD’s premier scientific meeting and addresses the unique medical needs of the Warfighter

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Year in Review: Innovations aid warfighters, families

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12/26/2017
Blue light produced by smartphones and computer monitors interferes with the brain’s production of melatonin, the hormone that makes people sleepy. The Navy’s Bureau of Medicine is working on lens tinting to block blue light and enhance the sleep of service members. MHS announced this innovation among many others in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

MHS explores world-class solutions for beneficiaries

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Army-developed Zika vaccine induces strong immune response in early trials

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12/8/2017
A team of U.S. Army researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are developing a Zika vaccine that has induced a strong immune response in early trials. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Jonathan Thompson, WRAIR)

A team of U.S. Army researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are developing a Zika vaccine

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A human vaccine for the Zika virus may be coming soon

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7/22/2016
A human vaccine for the Zika virus may be coming soon

Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland, have developed a possible vaccine for the Zika virus.

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Advances in the Use of Whole Blood for Combat Trauma Resuscitation

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6/2/2016

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Armed Services Blood Program Research and Development Initiatives

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6/2/2016

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Decision Brief on Combat Trauma Lessons Learned

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8/11/2014

Decision briefing at the August 11, 2014 Defense Health Board meeting on Combat Trauma Lessons Learned.

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Marine Corps Mission and Medical Support

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6/3/2014

Marine Corps Mission and Medical Support Presentation provided to DHB on June 3, 2015.

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Battlefield Medical Research Development Training and Evaluation Priorities

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12/20/2012

Defense Health Board: Battlefield Medical Research Development Training and Evaluation Priorities

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Smart Defense Transforming North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medical Capability

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11/27/2012

Defense Health Board briefing on Smart Defense Transforming North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medical Capability

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Psychotropic Medication and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Work Groups Update

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Psychotropic Medication and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Work Groups Update briefing presented to the Defense Health Board Nov. 1, 2010

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Medical Incident Investigations

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4/12/2010

Medical Incident Investigations briefing presented to the Defense Health Board April 12, 2010

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