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Naval Medical Research & Development Enterprise: 2022 MHSRS Wrap Up

19 September 2022

From Sidney Hinds

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Personnel from the eight commands within the Naval Medical Research & Development enterprise concluded attendance at the 2022 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) on Sept. 15.

The enterprise personnel, a group of military and civilian research, medical, and support staff, participated in a range of conference activities, presenting at breakout sessions, presenting research posters and engaging with stakeholders throughout the military health system.

“The connections are great,” said Capt. William Deniston, commander, Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC). “One of the best parts of MHSRS is seeing people excited about their work, and about being able to talk about their work with their peers in their field. We take that energy of the symposium back to our own work.”

A team of researchers from Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL) was recognized with the MHSRS Award for Excellence, Research Accomplishment Team/Military. NSMRL’s Regional Hearing Conservation Program of Record received the award for work done from Aug. 2021 – Aug. 2022 collecting data on the performance of hearing protection devices used by the warfighter. NSMRL personnel were also recognized with the MHSRS Poster Award for Best in Show.

"It's amazing to be selected among all the great research presented at MHSRS", said Linda Hughes, a statistician for NSMRL. "I'm proud of the work our team has done to be recognized."

“This conference is an important opportunity to exchange ideas and learn what other organizations are developing,” said Dr. Jill Phan, NMRC science director, “so we can foster collaborations and create solutions.”

All commands within the enterprise were represented at this year’s MHSRS, including NMRC, NSMRL, Naval Health Research Center, Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU)-Dayton, NAMRU-San Antonio, NAMRU-2 [Singapore], NAMRU-3 [Sigonella, Italy], and NAMRU-6 [Lima, Peru].

MHSRS is an annual conference, which took place this year from Sept. 12 – 15 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center. This year marks the first in-person occurrence of the conference since 2019.

The enterprise, led by NMRC, is engaged in a broad spectrum of activity from basic science in the laboratory to field studies in austere and remote areas of the world to investigations in operational environments. In support of the Navy, Marine Corps, and joint U.S. warfighters, researchers study infectious diseases, biological warfare detection and defense, combat casualty care, environmental health concerns, aerospace and undersea medicine, medical modeling, simulation, operational mission support, epidemiology, and behavioral sciences.


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