Biomedical Contract Leads to Nation’s First Full Face Transplant

Biomedical Contract Leads to Nation’s First Full Face Transplant

By Betsy Kozak Dr. Bohdan Pomahac , Director of Plastic Surgery Transplantation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, works with his operating room team during surgery. (Photo courtesy of Lightchaser Photography.) 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 […]

Wireless Vital Signs Monitor Takes Information to the Next Level

Wireless Vital Signs Monitor Takes Information to the Next Level

By Steven Galvan Army medics use the Wireless Vital Signs Monitor during a simulated training exercise. 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 […]

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

By Orli Belman Jewel Mine: the balance training motor rehabilitation game developed by the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), was installed in the Ottawa, KS, home of injured Iraq war veteran SSG Allen Hill to aid in his rehabilitation. (Image courtesy of ICT.) 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 […]

Institute for Creative Technologies Brings Army Training to Life

Institute for Creative Technologies Brings Army Training to Life

By Orli Belman Virtual SSG Jacob Garza is part of the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies’ (ICT) Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment installed at Fort Benning, GA. The classroom-based prototype supports the instruction, practice, and assessment of interpersonal communication skills for leadership and counseling. (Photos courtesy of ICT.) 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 […]

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

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

By MAJ Jason A. Regules and COL Christian F. Ockenhouse Critical field-site testing for the current Phase III study is ongoing in western Kenya at the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya (USAMRU-K), an overseas laboratory of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Here, Kenyan healthcare workers participate in malaria microscopy training conducted by USAMRU-K. (U.S. Army photo by U.S. Army Africa.) 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 […]

In Search of Integrated Solutions

In Search of Integrated Solutions

By Kris Osborn New sensing capabilities and technologies are aiding pilots navigating in degraded visual environments. Here, a Kentucky National Guard Aviator flys a mission run for the Air Soldier System situational awareness technologies during a test in which the pilot must land the aircraft during a “brown-out” landing. (U.S. Army photo.) 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 […]

Next-Generation Equipment Eyed for New Helicopter

Next-Generation Equipment Eyed for New Helicopter

By Kris Osborn A portion of the JMR Technology Demonstrator Phase 2 solicits feedback on emerging technologies in Aircraft Survivability Equipment. Here, a Soldier performs an engine run-up in preparation for a UH-60 air transport mission. Aircraft survivability equipment (APR-39 and Common Missile Warning System) is on and operational as visible in the instrument panel. (U.S. Army photo by J.D. Williams.) 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 […]

The JMR Vision, From the Outside In

The JMR Vision, From the Outside In

By 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 […]

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

Industry Teams at Work on JMR

By Kris Osborn The Joint Multi-Role science & technology effort is exploring the development of a new attack or utility helicopter. Here, SPC David Reed, an Apache Mechanic in the 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (ACB), 1st Cavalry Division (Cav. Div.), Multi-National Division – Baghdad, works on the engine compartment of the helicopter during a 500-hour phase maintenance inspection on the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter. (U.S. Army photo by SGT Travis Zielinksi, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs.) 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 […]

Pentagon, Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter Fleet

Pentagon, Army Developing Next-Generation Helicopter Fleet

By Kris Osborn AMRDEC conceptual renderings of potential future JMR configurations. (U.S. Army images by AMRDEC.) 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 Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program is a broadly scoped Pentagon endeavor representing the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the military services, the U.S. Coast Guard, the […]