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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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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)

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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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Top Defense Health Agency R&D official visits NHRC

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11/9/2017
SAN DIEGO (Oct. 25, 2017) The Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) acting director for Research and Development, Sean Biggerstaff, left, is greeted by Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) commanding officer, Capt. Marshall Monteville, right, during a recent visit to the command. Biggerstaff is responsible for prioritizing and integrating DHA medical research, development, and acquisition programs across the Military Health System. His directorate also fosters strategic partnerships and transitions medical discoveries to deployable products to enhance the readiness of the military community. During the visit, Biggerstaff learned how NHRC’s mission aligns with DHA’s priorities to improve the health and readiness of U.S. warfighters. (U.S. Navy photo by Regena Kowitz/Released)

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.

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Joint Pathology Center celebrates century of helping military docs confirm diagnoses

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9/11/2017
Pamela Baker (left), 88th Diagnostics and Therapeutic Squadron cytology technician, prepares the staining of a patient's tissue sample, while Maj. Luisa Watts (right), 88 DTS pathologist shows 1st Lt. Jeffrey Davey (center) her findings on a screen that connects to the microscope inside the operating room at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center, June 26, 2017. Watts examines the tissue sample under the microscope to make a diagnosis of the patient's condition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michelle Gigante)

The Joint Pathology Center is celebrating 100 years of a repository that helps health care providers get that second opinion on diagnoses

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NHRC research studies link between injury and fitness

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8/31/2017
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Dr. Karen Kelly, a physiologist with the Naval Health Research Center’s (NHRC), discussed her recent work examining the relationship between training requirements, fitness and musculoskeletal injuries, during a breakout session at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 30.

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From the classroom to the fight: Preparing for surgical care on the battlefield

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8/30/2017
Bringing expeditionary resuscitation and surgical teams directly to the battlefield reduces time and distance, increasing chances for survival. Made up of experienced surgeons, physicians, and nurses with specialties ranging from general surgery to emergency room care, the teams are equipped to provide crucial surgery procedures out in the field. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier)

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Knowledge translation: What is it, how will it help?

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8/29/2017
The Military Health System Research Symposium is Defense Department's premier scientific meeting.

Knowledge translation is a process to take medical research findings and put them into evidenced-based treatments in a more timely and useful way

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Lab developed tests help keep military medicine on the leading edge of innovation

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7/24/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Mari Crespo, a medical laboratory technician, conducts tests on a blood bank unit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 26, 2017. A program that allows lab developed tests for purchased care for TRICARE beneficiaries has been renewed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Teresa J. Cleveland)

A program that allows coverage of lab developed tests for purchased care for TRICARE beneficiaries has been renewed.

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One size no longer fits all: MHS’ approach to individualized medicine

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7/7/2017
Dr. Jonathan Woodson, former assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and member of Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Board of Regents, provided the opening remarks at the recent Precision Medicine Research Conference in Potomac, Maryland. (Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences photo)

Military Health System experts discussed the importance of individualized approach to prevention and treatment, and the need for MHS and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences to pave the way

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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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Battlefield Medical Research Development Training and Evaluation Priorities

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