#AAC25 Mouth device in clinical trials as possible treatment for TBI

#AAC25 Mouth device in clinical trials as possible treatment for TBI

By J. Ellen Crown, USAMRMC public affairs FORT DETRICK, Md. (Feb. 14, 2013) — The tongue is an amazing organ. Thousands of nerve fibers in it help us eat, drink and swallow. Without them, we would not taste. The tongue helps us speak. Quietly, its surface defends our bodies from germs. Yet for everything the tongue can do, perhaps one of its most exciting roles is to serve as a direct “gateway” to the brain through thousands of nerve endings. Now researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NeuroHabilitation Corporation are leveraging the power of those tiny nerves. They […]

#AAC25 USAMRMC Team Celebrates Success of Adenovirus Vaccine

#AAC25 USAMRMC Team Celebrates Success of Adenovirus Vaccine

By Jeffrey Soares, USAMRMC public affairs The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command celebrated the licensure and fielding of the Adenovirus Type 4 and Type 7 Vaccine with a recognition ceremony held at Fort Detrick, Md., March 12. Key speakers included Maj. Gen. James K. Gilman, USAMRMC commanding general, Col. Russell E. Coleman, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, and the Honorable Jonathan Woodson, M.D., assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs. The U.S. military began administering Adenovirus Type 4 and Type 7 Vaccine, Live, Oral (Adenovirus Vaccine) to recruits in basic training over a four-week period that began the week of Oct. 24, 2011. Since […]

Robert Steigerwald

Robert Steigerwald

UNIT: U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC) TITLE: Decision Gate Coordinator AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2010 TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 20 AWARDS: Excellence in Federal Career Award, Army Civil Service Award, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal EDUCATION: MBA, Touro University; B.A. in geo-environmental science, Shippensburg University; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; Level III certification in acquisition, Defense Acquisition University   What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter? As the coordinator for the DOD acquisition program for medical drugs, vaccines, and devices, I lead and coordinate one of USAMRMC’s most challenging programs. I’ve […]

Research Resource

Research Resource

Rapid detection devices for pathogen vectors are case study in leveraging small business innovation funding   By Maj. Vanessa R. Melanson   When military forces arrive in a new operational area, military preventive medicine personnel—preventive medicine specialists, entomologists and environmental science engineers—assess the environment, identify health threats and propose mitigations. Vector-borne diseases are one of the primary readiness threats, and the arthropods (insects and arachnids) that transmit pathogens to people account for about 60 percent of the military’s priority pathogens list. Vector pathogen detection (VPD) provides military preventive medicine personnel the information necessary to implement specific vector-control measures and disease prevention countermeasures. VPD can minimize disease by sampling arthropods for […]

AFIRM Medicine II Cooperative Agreement Awarded to Warrior Restoration Consortium

AFIRM Medicine II Cooperative Agreement Awarded to Warrior Restoration Consortium

By USAMRMC Public Affairs   FORT DETRICK, Md. – The Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM): Warrior Restoration Consortium, under the Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Medical Service, the Office of Research and Development – Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. The AFIRM II program will focus on five key areas: extremity regeneration, craniomaxillofacial regeneration, skin regeneration, composite tissue allotransplantation and immunomodulation, and genitourinary/lower abdomen […]

Mouth device in clinical trials as possible treatment for TBI

Mouth device in clinical trials as possible treatment for TBI

Ellen Crown   The tongue is an amazing organ. Thousands of nerve fibers in it help us eat, drink and swallow. Without them, we would not taste. The tongue helps us speak. Quietly, its surface defends our bodies from germs. Yet for everything the tongue can do, perhaps one of its most exciting roles is to serve as a direct “gateway” to the brain through thousands of nerve endings. Now, researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NeuroHabilitation Corporation are leveraging the power of those tiny nerves. They are aiming to restore lost physical and mental function for […]

High dose HBO2 Ineffective for Post Concussion Syndrome

High dose HBO2 Ineffective for Post Concussion Syndrome

U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity HBO2 Project Management Office   FORT DETRICK, MD. (October 24, 2012) — The U.S. Air Force, along with partners from McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and U. S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC), announced the results of the first ever randomized, placebo-controlled trial of hyperbaric oxygen to treat symptoms and cognitive impairments resulting from concussions or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) Oct. 16. The pilot study, released to the public on the Journal of Neurotrauma website, demonstrated that high doses of hyperbaric oxygen 2.4 atmospheres absolute (ATA), given daily over six weeks showed no added benefit in symptom relief of mTBI or […]