Summary of the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) 2018

August 31, 2018

The August, BioOhio partner G2G attended the Military Health System Research Symposium in Florida. The MHSRS is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting. It provides a venue for presenting new scientific knowledge resulting from military-unique research and development.

The MHSRS provides a collaborative setting for the exchange of information between military providers with deployment experience, research and academic scientists, international partners, and industry on research and related health care initiatives falling under the topic areas of Combat Casualty Care, Military Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, Military Infectious Diseases, and the Radiation Health Effects.

G2G has put together a Summary Report of the MHSRS, filled with valuable information that includes a general overview and DoD priorities. There is a section on key take-aways, including current unmet capabilities, ongoing initiatives and current research efforts, along with a section on funding tips, and much more!

Some highlights include:

  • DoD aims to step up accelerated FDA approval on key innovations, e.g. FDA emergency approval for freeze dried plasma is key to saving lives on battlefield, and continue global health efforts, e.g. conducting joint studies with African nations on malaria, PEPFAR/HIV program, Ebola, Zika, and infectious disease threats, etc.
  • DHA to manage all medical treatment facilities (MTF) under FY17 NDAA standard delivery and business practices across the direct care system so can focus on readiness.
  • To improve medical readiness, DHA is considering where to invest R&D dollars because found:
    • 80% of people are evacuated due to disease/non-battle injury (with the vast majority being disease-related and the remainder involving musculoskeletal and mental health issues)
    • 44% of service members are non-deployable because of medical issues
  • DoD Prolonged Field Care is the number one capability gap in the Army because while less hours before evacuation means a better chance at life, it often is not an option. Therefore, USAMRMC is prioritizing ways to help the medic and warfighter at POI to start the healing process and enhance that care.

Click here to download the report in full.