"Optimizing Combat Casualty Care"

Kristin Reddoch, Ph.D., answers questions after her presentation during the Young Investigator competition at MHSRS Aug. 17. Reddoch was among 10 finalists in the competition and placed 2nd.

USAISR staff attend combat casualty care symposium

Story and photo by Steven Galvan, DBA
USAISR Public Affairs Officer

U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
08 SEPT 2016

Scientists, researchers, clinicians and staff from the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, were among 2,400-plus attendees at the 2016 Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida, Aug. 15-18.

The four-day conference is designed for communicating and disseminating new scientific knowledge resulting from military-specific research and development specifically for the medical needs of the Warfighter in combat. MHSRS is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs that brings together military, academia and industry leaders and researchers to share and discuss research topics related to healthcare initiatives under the topics of combat casualty care, military operational medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine and military infectious diseases to maximize research synergy for the DOD.

According to the USAISR Director of Research, Lt. Col. (Dr.) Kevin Chung, USAISR staff members presented 86 posters and 23 oral presentations which equals to an 81 percent acceptance rate from the 134 abstracts submitted.

“Additionally, USAISR personnel served as moderators for nine breakout sessions, delivered one plenary address and fielded one presentation to the Young Investigator competition,” said Chung.

Ten finalists presented during the Young Investigator competition, including Kristin Reddoch, Ph.D., from the USAISR Coagulation and Blood Research Task Area. Her presentation Platelet Additive Solution (PAS) and Storage at 4C Protect Platelets from Induction of Apoptosis Compared to Storage at Room Temperature or in Plasma: Feasibility of 15-Day Platelet Storage earned Reddoch 2nd Place in the Young Investigator competition.

“Winning this award has been a very humbling and rewarding experience,” said Reddoch. “Receiving this award is also great validation of the hard work that both I and the Coagulation and Blood Research Task Area perform every day. I’m very fortunate to be able to work alongside such a talented group of scientists and to have the opportunity to conduct research that aids in the advancement of combat casualty care.”

Other awards presented to USAISR personnel were team awards in the poster sessions.

First place in Poster Session #2 was An Ex-Vivo ECMO Model Generates Pro-thrombotic Platelet-Derived Micro-particles with team members: Dr. Andrew Meyers, Robin Kamucheka, Armando Rodriquez, Crystal Lefleur, Bijaya Parida, Ph.D., Michael Scherer, Dr. Andriy Batchinsky, Dr. Leopoldo Cancio, and Lt. Col. (Dr.) Andrew Cap. The USAISR team collaborated with members from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and The Geneva Foundation.

Third Place in the same poster session went to A Descriptive Analysis of Critically Ill Non-Trauma Patients Evacuated by Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATT) Out of the Combat Theater (2007-2015): A Preliminary Report by Stephanie Russell, Crystal Perez, Joni Paciocco, Jill Lear, Lauren Reeves and Alejandra Mora collaborating with Maj. Joseph Maddry from the San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Three poster sessions were held with four awards presented for each session to include an honorable mention. In all, 1,051 posters were presented at the symposium.

USAISR Commander Col. (Dr.) Shawn Nessen commended the awardees and staff members who attended the conference “for their daily outstanding work superior representation at the symposium.”

“This is a dedicated staff that is always looking at innovative ways to improve combat casualty care,” added Nessen.

MHSRS is DOD’s premier scientific annual meeting which combines three previous conferences, including the former Advanced Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care Conference; the Air Force Medical Service Medical Research Symposium; and the Navy Medicine Research Conference.

By combining these conferences into one event, the meeting serves as a critical strategy session for leaders to set future milestones for the DOD’s deployment-related medical research programs, centered on the needs of the Warfighter.