Technology Solutions for Medical Research

Technology Solutions for Medical Research

By CPT Bruce W. Barnes In today’s military environment of tightened budgets and staffing, empowering existing staff to organize, manage, share, and edit documents quickly and easily is critical to the success of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). To maintain maximum efficiency, immediate access is necessary for effective collaboration on mission-critical information. With this access, USAMRMC can spend more time doing what it does best: getting new medical capabilities to those who need them. As organizations within USAMRMC evolve and as individual projects grow and move forward, managing the thousands, or even millions, of paper and electronic documents can be both time-consuming and costly. Much of […]

For Returning Soldiers, New Research Partnership Aims to Improve Health, Quality of Life

For Returning Soldiers, New Research Partnership Aims to Improve Health, Quality of Life

[author type="author"]Barb Ruppert[/author] A public university in one of the most concentrated military corridors in the Nation has teamed up with DoD in a major initiative to address the post-deployment health concerns of service personnel, veterans, and their families. With the sheer number and diverse reintegration challenges of returning personnel—and the alarming increase in the suicide rate for combat veterans—DoD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are building and strengthening civilian partnerships to expand their capabilities to meet urgent and ongoing needs. Operation Re-entry North Carolina is a growing research and development partnership led by East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, NC. It was funded in September 2011 […]

Healthy Force, Healthy Nation

[author type="author"]Dr. Valerie Trabosh[/author] Maintaining a healthy lifestyle depends partly upon nutrition. Unfortunately, Soldiers are continually subjected to pressures from obesity-producing environments and the marketing of dietary supplements. The poor choices that can result make it difficult to regulate personal body mass, maintain a proper balance of nutrients and, most troubling, have nutritionally valuable meals. Twenty-first century Soldiers conduct battle tasks of varied duration and intensity in adverse environments with multiple stressors. Given these factors, it is difficult to determine how the metabolic consequences of intense physical and cognitive effort, restricted replenishment of nutrients, fluids and sleep, and exposure to climatic extremes influence the effects of nutrients in the rations […]

Research in the Red

Research in the Red

[author type="author"]Rebecca Duve and Dr. Anthony E. Pusateri[/author] According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. To improve the future of blood products, DoD, through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), has established effective programs in the hopes of aiding both warfighters and civilians. Approximately 44,000 blood donations are necessary each day to treat accident and burn victims, cancer patients, those having surgery, new mothers, premature babies, and many others. Donating blood is considered safe, and it takes less than an hour of time from the donor. Once volunteers donate blood, it is processed to produce various blood products such as […]

Aquatic Biomonitor Technology Put to Use in Major U.S. Cities

Aquatic Biomonitor Technology Put to Use in Major U.S. Cities

[author type="author"]David E. Trader[/author] One Army-developed technology relies on nothing more than nature to help ensure that a daily and vital substance is safe and readily available. The aquatic biomonitor, available commercially as the Intelligent Aquatic Biomonitor System (iABS), uses fish and their breathing patterns to detect the presence of potentially toxic substances in water. The iABS employs a team of eight bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), also known as sunfish or bream, to provide 24/7 monitoring of water supplies. The U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research (USACEHR) is tasked with developing biomonitoring technologies for the many environmental health hazards that military members face on a day-to-day basis. The information collected […]

S&T Notebook: Active Collaboration

S&T Notebook: Active Collaboration

[author type="author"]Dr. Scott Fish[/author] This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. The New Year continues to be a busy time for the Chief Scientist’s office. I took part in the Army Science Board plenary meeting held Jan. 18-20 at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters at Fort Eustis, VA. The Small Unit Data to Decisions Study was initiated with the full team. That study, and continued work on the Strategic Look at Army S&T Study, prepared for active engagements through the spring with various labs and S&T […]

Bioelectric Bandage Incites Army Interest

Bioelectric Bandage Incites Army Interest

[author type="author"]Daniel O. Kennedy[/author] The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command has initiated steps to evaluate a new bioelectric bandage with Prosit technology. Procellera, manufactured by Vomaris, is a bandage dressing that creates electrical impulses. Small silver and zinc dots embedded in cloth create micro-currents in the presence of moisture. The effect is anti-microbial and pain-reducing. The use of silver on burns has a long history of preventing infections. Vomaris says its bandage dressing provides faster healing, greater pain control, reduced incidence of infection, and decreased scarring. The nature of the cloth conforms well to multiple surfaces of the body, and the bandage dressing’s antimicrobial properties are expected to work […]

Contracting Experts Help Build Future Acquisition Leaders

Contracting Experts Help Build Future Acquisition Leaders

By Daniel P. Elkins Uniformed contracting officers (KOs), training at the U.S. Army Contracting Command (AAC) pre-deployment readiness exercise Joint Dawn 2012,  benefited from a growing role by civilian contracting professionals. The exercise, conducted Jan. 19-Feb. 3 at Fort Bliss, TX, is designed to develop the Soldier acquisition skills necessary to meet mission needs in a Joint environment downrange, in a ramp-up to a deployment supporting the U.S. Central Command. Of the more than 250 participants in the exercise, 45 members from throughout the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) worked alongside their counterparts from the U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC) and sister services in roles ranging […]

Aerial ISR Provides Mission Overwatch for Border Mission

Aerial ISR Provides Mission Overwatch for Border Mission

By Brandon Pollachek Operation Big Miguel, a Caravan aircraft with an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance payload helped detect more than 5,500 suspects and 63,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $50.5 million. (U.S. Army photo.) Technology originally created to track improvised explosive device (IED) networks in Afghanistan and Iraq is finding new purpose in supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with mission overwatch during border patrol missions. The Product Manager Observe, Detect, and Identify (PdM ODI) assisted Joint Task Force North (JTF-N) with an operation called Big Miguel by providing payloads and operators similar to those used by Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize) […]

With USAMRMC Vision Portfolio, Injured Soldiers Can See Again

With USAMRMC Vision Portfolio, Injured Soldiers Can See Again

By Tiffany Holloway A service member uses his prosthetic eyes to control a tracking reticle on the screen with a tactile (tongue-based) display. (Photo courtesy of USAMRMC.) February is Low Vision Awareness Month, a campaign that was started to raise awareness for macular degeneration and other vision problems. Low vision affects a person’s entire life, interfering with the ability to perform daily activities. The term “low vision” means partial sight or visual impairment that is not correctable with contact lenses or eyeglasses. We often take our sight for granted, but tragedy can strike at any time, even more so on the battlefield. “That’s why the U.S. Army Medical Research and […]