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Medical research and development take center stage at symposium

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Medical Innovation for Warfighter Readiness.” The theme of this year’s meeting is “Medical Innovation for Warfighter Readiness.”

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Sharing scientific knowledge gained from military-unique medical research and development is the focus of the annual Military Health System Research Symposium, Aug. 20-23 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Medical Innovation for Warfighter Readiness: The Future Starts Now.”

 “MHSRS is the premier showcase for our research community,” said Dr. Terry Rauch, acting deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight at the Defense Health Agency. 

“Attendees will be able to meet with colleagues from around the world in industry, academia, and across governments while learning about all of the new and exciting advancements in military medical research," said Rauch. 

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, DHA director, is attending the symposium. She will be among approximately 3,000 others including military providers with deployment experience, research and academic scientists, and industry and international partners.

Biomedical research and development is a vital part of national security strategy, said Navy Rear Adm. Mary Riggs, DHA’s director of research and development. She said R&D leads to advances that ensure service members are better protected, better prepared, and better cared for as they execute their mission.

Topics covered during the symposium include combat casualty care, military operational medicine including psychological health and resilience, clinical and rehabilitative medicine, medical simulation and health information sciences, military infectious diseases, and radiation health. The Aug. 20 session includes the presentation of the 2018 MHSRS awards for Distinguished Service, individual research accomplishment, and outstanding research team.

Sean Biggerstaff, deputy director of DHA’s Research and Development directorate, said innovative breakthroughs are needed for maximum readiness in the future.

 “With appropriate processes in place, our organization can achieve these goals and provide interoperable products to the future force,” Biggerstaff said.

“Today’s development of efficient and effective military biomedical R&D processes will help speed the delivery of products and solutions in the future,” he said.

MHSRS is the premier military or civilian meeting that focuses specifically on the unique medical needs of warfighters, providing a collaborative setting for the exchange of information. Additional information about MHSRS is available here.

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