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Awards honor distinguished service, individual and team research

Pictured are the recipients of the 2018 MHSRS Awards, including the 2018 MHSRS Distinguished Service Award, the individual achievement in research awards, and the research team awards. Right to left are Air Force Maj. Joseph K. Maddry, Army Col. Michael P. Kozar, Kenneth M. Hargreaves, DDS, Ph.D., Navy Lt. Cmdr. Micah Gaspary, Australian Defence Force Col. Michael Reade, Army Col. Andrew P. Cap, Dr. Thomas Joiner and Dr. Peter Gutierrez. (MHS photo) Pictured are the recipients of the 2018 MHSRS Awards, including the 2018 MHSRS Distinguished Service Award, the individual achievement in research awards, and the research team awards. Right to left are Air Force Maj. Joseph K. Maddry, Army Col. Michael P. Kozar, Kenneth M. Hargreaves, DDS, Ph.D., Navy Lt. Cmdr. Micah Gaspary, Australian Defence Force Col. Michael Reade, Army Col. Andrew P. Cap, Dr. Thomas Joiner and Dr. Peter Gutierrez. (MHS photo)

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Military research accomplishments were recognized on Monday, the opening day of the Military Health System Research Symposium at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Three individuals and four teams were honored.

Army Col. Michael Kozar, director of the Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, received the 2018 MHSRS Distinguished Service Award for lifetime achievement in the research category of military infectious diseases.

Dr. Kelley Brix, branch chief of interagency research coordination at the Defense Health Agency, said Kozar has demonstrated outstanding leadership in pursuit of excellence.

“Col. Kozar’s experience at all levels of clinical and research laboratory operations, as well as the military acquisition system, allowed him to foster the development of globally effective countermeasures to combat critical infectious diseases,” said Brix, moderator of the awards presentation. “He’s also nurtured the development of infectious disease subject matter experts who will continue to serve future generations of warfighters.”

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Australian Defence Force, and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program investigators won the Outstanding Research Team/Small Team/Academia-Industry Award (research category: blood and blood products).Col. Michael Reade, team co-lead, accepted on behalf of the group, which completed a 121-patient, four-hospital trial of cryopreserved platelets. Their efforts doubled the clinical trial evidence supporting use of this technology, and set the conditions needed for the next step toward regulatory approval. (MHS photo)
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Australian Defence Force, and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program investigators won the Outstanding Research Team/Small Team/Academia-Industry Award (research category: blood and blood products).Col. Michael Reade, team co-lead, accepted on behalf of the group, which completed a 121-patient, four-hospital trial of cryopreserved platelets. Their efforts doubled the clinical trial evidence supporting use of this technology, and set the conditions needed for the next step toward regulatory approval. (MHS photo)

Army Col. Andrew Cap, with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, received the award for outstanding individual research accomplishment/military (research category: blood and blood products).

“Col. Cap has led the DoD’s research and development efforts for blood products used to treat combat casualties, resulting in several innovations that have transformed battlefield medicine and which have been adopted for the care of civilian patients,” Brix said.

Kenneth Hargreaves, from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, received the award for outstanding individual research accomplishment/academia-industry (research category: pain management). Brix called Hargreaves an active leader in a DoD-National Institutes of Health federal pain consortium involving six research projects and over 25 collaborating investigators from military, VA, and civilian academic institutions.

His research “has had a significant impact on science, public health, and bettering the lives of military service members,” Brix said.

The recipients of the 2018 MHSRS Team Awards are as follows:

Outstanding Research Team/Small Team/Military: Enroute Care to the U.S. Air Force Enroute Care Research Center, San Antonio (research category: enroute care).  

Maj. Joseph Maddry, team lead, accepted on behalf of the group, who initiated a process improvement that increased management compliance of mechnically ventillated critical care air transport team patients from 38 percent to 80 percent. Their findings also led to the development of a clinical practice guideline.

Outstanding Research Team/Large Team/Military: Combat Trauma Research Group, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia (research category: combat casualty care).

Lt. Cmdr. Micah Gaspary, team lead, accepted on behalf of the group, which completed studies that directly influenced and supported changes in the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care’s official guidelines. Also, “The team has single-handedly changed the culture at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth with their enthusiastic approach to pursuing research,” Brix said.

Outstanding Research Team/Small Team/Academia-Industry:  Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Australian Defence Force, and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program investigators (research category: blood and blood products).

Col. Michael Reade, team co-lead, accepted on behalf of the group, which completed a 121-patient, four-hospital trial of cryopreserved platelets. Their efforts doubled the clinical trial evidence supporting use of this technology, and set the conditions needed for the next step toward regulatory approval, Brix said.

Outstanding Research Team/Large Team/Academia-Industry: Military Suicide Research Consortium (research category: psychological health).

Dr. Peter Gutierrez and Dr. Thomas Joiner, co-directors, accepted for the group’s work with academic, DoD and VA partners to focus cutting-edge science on the issue of suicides in the U.S. military. Since the consortium’s establishment in 2010, Brix said, it’s funded 13 research teams and developed an infrastructure to support suicide-related research programs and train the next generation of military suicide researchers.

Results of studies “will contribute to better screening, assessment, and treatment for those at risk for suicide,” Brix said.  

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