Military Medicine, Business School Team up to Speed New Technology to Warfighters

Military Medicine, Business School Team up to Speed New Technology to Warfighters

[author type="author"]Barb Ruppert[/author] Student teams from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School Global MBA Program presented commercialization plans for eight military medicine projects in December, marking the first such DoD/university technology transfer partnership. The military projects were all sponsored by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (USAMRMC TATRC). TATRC joined with Johns Hopkins’ new Global MBA Program in its Discovery to Market Project, or D2M, a required yearlong course in which students develop a business plan for translating a scientific discovery into a technology with commercial potential. The TATRC researchers were among several high-technology partners working with the students. TATRC projects […]

Biomedical Contract Leads to Nation’s First Full Face Transplant

Biomedical Contract Leads to Nation’s First Full Face Transplant

[author type="author"]Betsy Kozak[/author] A medical research contract established through the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) – Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD, has led to the nation’s first full-face transplant and the first combination face-and-hands transplant. This contract was established as part of a biomedical translational initiative directed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and led by Thomas J. Bouchard, Natick Contracting Division Deputy Chief, to advance the treatment of military members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The request for proposal was issued with a goal to fund the demonstration and validation of innovative technologies to improve the clinical outcome of wounded warriors,” Bouchard said. “The plan was […]

Wireless Vital Signs Monitor Takes Information to the Next Level

Wireless Vital Signs Monitor Takes Information to the Next Level

[author type="author"]Steven Galvan[/author] Combat medics could soon have a new vital signs monitoring device in their first aid kits to help accurately evaluate and track the condition of wounded warriors, from the point of injury on the battlefield through the medical evacuation process to an emergency room. The Wireless Vital Signs Monitor (WVSM), designed by a partnership of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), the U.S. Office of Naval Research, and Athena GTX and approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, began the final phase of approval in September 2011 with clinical trials at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center emergency department and on the Life Flight air […]

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Deploys Rehabilitation Research to Help a Veteran in Need

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Deploys Rehabilitation Research to Help a Veteran in Need

[author type="author"]Orli Belman[/author] A crew from the popular television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition recently installed a physical therapy exercise game developed at the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) in a house built for Iraq war veteran SSG Allen Hill, who suffered injuries and needed to be able to do customized rehabilitation exercises at home. “This is a researcher’s dream come true,” said ICT’s Belinda Lange, who specializes in creating virtual reality game-based applications for motor rehabilitation. She developed the Jewel Mine game that was installed in Hill’s home. “To be able to see your work make it out of the lab and make a […]

Institute for Creative Technologies Brings Army Training to Life

Institute for Creative Technologies Brings Army Training to Life

[author type="author"]Orli Belman[/author] This month, second lieutenants at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, GA, begin interpersonal skills training with the help of SSG Jacob Garza, a virtual human that looks, moves, speaks, and behaves like a real person. Through conversations with this simulated squad leader—who offers consistent responses and never gets tired—young officers will experience what can go right and wrong during informal counseling sessions they may encounter on the job. Virtual humans are in the Army now. SSG Garza is just the latest in a line of computer-generated characters created by the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). They serve as […]

Time Magazine Ranks Malaria Vaccine Among Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2011

Time Magazine Ranks Malaria Vaccine Among Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2011

[author type="author"]MAJ Jason A. Regules and COL Christian F. Ockenhouse[/author] The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and public-private partners recently received recognition from Time magazine for the development of the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate, when Time called the vaccine the second most momentous medical breakthrough of 2011. Malaria is a major worldwide problem that is endemic to regions of strategic importance to the United States, such as tropical Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America. There are 300 million cases of malaria annually, with an estimated 1 million deaths. Infected pregnant women and children are prone to severe disease. U.S. military personnel and others from non-endemic regions are also […]

In Search of Integrated Solutions

In Search of Integrated Solutions

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Army’s Mission Systems and Aircraft Survivability Equipment strategy is aimed at fielding an integrated suite of sensors and countermeasure technologies designed to identify, and in some cases, deter a wide range of potential incoming threats, from small arms fire to rocket-propelled […]

Next-Generation Equipment Eyed for New Helicopter

Next-Generation Equipment Eyed for New Helicopter

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Army-led Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator effort is heavily focused on leveraging advanced electronic and avionics capabilities. As part of the JMR Technology Demonstrator Phase 2, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center […]

The JMR Vision, From the Outside In

The JMR Vision, From the Outside In

Kris Osborn The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The areas of science and technology (S&T) focus for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator program span a wide spectrum of emerging technologies, including composite materials, onboard electronics, and various rotor configurations designed to increase speed without compromising hovering ability, said Dave Weller, […]

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Pentagon and the Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology (S&T) effort to engineer, build, and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes, and payload capacity. In a series of five articles, Access AL&T looks in detail at what this program is intended to accomplish and how industry is contributing. The Joint Multi-Role (JMR) science and technology (S&T) effort, led by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), has awarded  “concept trade and analysis” deals to four industry teams tasked with examining the attributes, designs, and technologies needed to build […]