"Optimizing Combat Casualty Care"
Col. (Dr.) Philip DeNicolo, left, is presented an Award for Excellence (Silver Award in the poster presentation) August 15 by Col. (Dr.) Dallas Hack, Director of the Combat Casualty Care at U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

Col. (Dr.) Philip DeNicolo, left, is presented an Award for Excellence (Silver Award in the poster presentation) August 15 by Col. (Dr.) Dallas Hack, Director of the Combat Casualty Care at U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Photo by Steven Galvan

ISR Researchers attend annual Combat Casualty Care symposium

By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
11 SEPT 2013<

More than fifty U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research staff members were among the hundreds of military medical clinicians and scientists to attend the 2013 Military Health System Research Symposium at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. August 12-15.

During the opening session, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness Dr. David J. Smith welcomed attendees and addressed the value of the 4-day Department of Defense conference, which brings together scientific military, academia, industry leaders and researchers from around the globe to discuss advancements in research and health care developments in the areas of combat casualty care, military operational medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine, and military infectious disease programs.

"This really is a mission-essential symposium and it's of critical importance because it provides a forum to address the unique medical needs of our warfighter in a collaborative environment where the (military health system) providers with deployment experience, scientists, academia and industry experts come together to exchange scientific information, drive innovation and ensure continued advancement in military medicine, ‘ said Smith.

The conference is the careful combination of three previous conferences: 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 into one event, the meeting serves as a critical strategy session for leaders to set future milestones for DoD’s deployment-related medical research programs, centered on the warfighter’s needs.

“Our fighting men and women ask three things from us. Number one is that we give them the best training and the best equipment in the world. Number two is that we give them the best medical treatment in the world, and number three is that we do not leave any American behind,” said Congressman John C. Fleming, M.D., from the 4th Congressional District in Louisiana and a member of the Armed Services Committee, who attended this year’s MHSRS plenary session.

Research has led to many health care advancements in combat casualty care during the past decade, but military leaders emphasized that the work doesn’t end when troops return home.

“As combat draws down, military medicine must continue at full pace because we have thousands of beneficiaries with complex, unique physical and mental injuries,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr., commanding general of the USAMRMC and Fort Detrick. “We must not lose momentum.”

During the symposium, some USAISR staff members were recognized for their research. Research Task Area Program Manager for Comprehensive Intensive Care Research Jose Salinas, Ph.D, received the MHSRS Award of Excellence for his leadership of the team which developed and commercialized the Burn Resuscitation Decision Support System-Mobile; Col. (Dr.) Philip DeNicolo, Chief of Regenerative Medicine at the Dental and Trauma Research Detachment was presented an Award of Excellence (Silver Award in the poster presentation); and Bopaiah Cheppudira received an Honorable Mention certificate (poster presentation).

“This award shows how all our team members work together, not just with other organizations at MRMC, but with an outside commercial partner to take this project from concept development, prototyping, and finally into a fully developed and FDA-cleared medical device,” said Salinas. “This would not have been possible without the full support of the ISR leadership and the MRMC.”

DeNicolo accepted the Silver Award for dental research collaborated with the Naval Medical Research Unit—San Antonio and the Center for Army Medicine Strategic Studies.

“This award signifies the importance of research in dental trauma,” he said. “Work in this area not only increases military readiness, it saves the Department of Defense money. We are very proud of this recognition and look forward to continuing work in this area.”

“Congratulations not only to these two task areas, but to all of the staff members of our Institute who presented and represent the Institute at the symposium,” said Col. (Dr.) Michael A. Weber, Commander USAISR. “Our research to improve outcomes for the wounded warfighter continues to be a priority and these awards are a one way which shows our commitment to optimizing combat casualty care.”