SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Leaders from across Navy Medicine's research and development enterprise, which falls under the purview of Navy Medicine West (NMW), gathered April 26 and 27 to discuss warfighter readiness and the health of the research enterprise.
Navy Medicine's eight research laboratories, situated around the globe from San Diego to Peru, conduct an array of biomedical research, development, testing, evaluation and surveillance to enhance the operational readiness of Department of Defense personnel worldwide.
"Let there be no doubt as to the readiness contribution of Navy Medicine's Research and Development labs," said Rear Adm. Paul D. Pearigen, commander, Navy Medicine West (NMW), and chief of the Navy Medical Corps. "With expertise ranging from force health protection in all operational environments to understanding and enhancing human performance, your research output generates warfighter readiness which means making them fit, healthy and ready to do their job."
The meeting, which was held at Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, Md., provided an opportunity for lab commanders, science directors and senior leaders to come together in a collaborative setting to share recent achievements and discuss challenges and critical issues.
"Being with the Research and Development Enterprise leadership always expands my understanding and appreciation of both your opportunities and your challenges, so that I can better support you and your teams in your irreplaceable contribution to the readiness of our nation's warfighters," said Pearigen.
Led by Capt. Adam Armstrong, NMRC commander, Navy Medicine's R&D leaders also discussed strategic planning across the research enterprise and the way forward to ensure Navy Medicine's research arm remains responsive and flexible to meet military requirements related the health and wellness and military personnel.
"As the Navy's mission and requirements continue to evolve to address national security concerns of the 21st century, we must provide innovative, agile and timely solutions to the medical threats that affect our warfighters," said Armstrong. "I am pleased to be able to lead and be part of such a diverse and talented group who are dedicated to solving these challenges."
The capabilities of the research labs reflect Navy Medicine's broad mission when it comes to supporting and improving the health and wellness of service members and their families. Recent research projects include:
* Development of an investigational malaria vaccine by NMRC's Clinical Trials Center and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
* Evaluation of low-cost, low-intensity threat laser eye protection for use in military aviation operating environments by scientists at Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU) Dayton
* Development of a universal antivenom for snake bites that can be used by first responders by researchers at NAMRU-San Antonio
* Investigation of surf therapy as an effective treatment for psychological injuries by Naval Health Research Center
* Testing of novel, hand-held device to prevent insect bites by releasing an organic compound through skin pores to create a temporary barrier by entomologists at NAMRU-6, in Lima, Peru
The research conducted by Navy Medicine's scientists at laboratories around the globe ensures military leaders and medical providers have the latest information, tools and techniques to provide life-saving care to warfighters on the battlefield and protect the health and readiness of operational forces around the world.
Navy Medicine West leads (NMW) Navy Medicine's Western Pacific health care system and global research and development enterprise. Throughout the region, NMW provides medical care to more than 675,000 beneficiaries across 10 Naval hospitals, two dental battalions and 51 branch clinics located throughout the West Coast of the U.S., Asia and the Pacific. Globally, NMW has oversight of eight research laboratories across the U.S. and overseas that deliver high-value, high-impact research products to support and protect the health and readiness of service members.
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