2017 MHSRS Topic Areas & Descriptions

MHSRS Tract Sessions
Advanced Development (AD)
Topic Abbreviation on Abstract Submission Form Session Topic
(Two Hour Sessions)
Session Description
AD Case Studies AD Case Studies - Interacting with Industry & Academia This workshop will use materiel product case studies involving industry & academia partnerships as a learning tool to illustrate the nuances & pitfalls associated with advanced medical materiel product development in the DoD. Abstracts should present a case study in the transition/advanced development of a specific medical product. It should outline the issues faced (e.g., contract, funding, regulatory) & how they were resolved.
AD - Getting Medical Products to the Field Getting Medical Products to the Field This workshop will focus on issues associated with procuring, fielding, and sustaining medical materiel products in the DoD. Abstracts should address related experiences within this area.
Advancing Military Global Health Engagement (GHE) Capabilities Through Research
Topic Abbreviation on Abstract Submission Form Session Topic
(Two Hour Sessions)
Session Description
GHE Research Program GHE Research Program Presentations & panel discussion with Principal Investigators conducting research funded by the GHE Research Program. PIs will discuss findings & developments related to their studies being conducted around the world & in collaboration with Partner Nations.
GHE - Engaging International Partners in GH Research Engaging International Partners in Global Health Research Presentations & panel discussion with DoD & Partner Nation investigators conducting collaborative military GHE research. Investigators will discuss findings & developments related to their studies & the opportunities presented by international partnerships fostered by military GHE research.
Environmental Exposure Monitoring: Consequences for Service Members Health, Performance & Readiness
Topic Abbreviation on Abstract Submission Form Session Topic
(Two Hour Sessions)
Session Description
Environ & Occupational Exposures Environmental & Occupational Exposures

Abstracts should address:
1) Emerging methods for assessing health effects of particular occupational & environmental threats particularly in the operational environment (e.g., heat, chemical exposure)
2) Methods for mitigating the effects of occupational & environmental exposures on operational performance & readiness
3) Evaluations of the effectiveness of methods for assessing &/or mitigating effects of occupational & environmental exposures on operational performance & readiness

Microbiome Utilization Utilization of the Microbiome for Diagnostics, Treatment, & Sustainment of Health & Performance

Abstracts should address research & tools:
1) Targeting the microbiome as a biomarker or indicator of certain aspects of human health & performance
2) Evaluating probiotics &/or prebiotics as mechanisms to prevent or treat adverse health outcomes resulting from Military stressors
3) Focusing on microbiome modulation to enhance or sustain military-relevant performance

Environ & Occupational Exposure- Individual Monitoring Solns Individual Environmental & Occupational Exposure Monitoring Solutions for Service Members

Abstracts should address:
1) Current challenges in health risk assessment that could be resolved using improved individual monitoring
2) Methods/technologies for measuring exposures that can be associated with individual service members, particularly during deployment
3) Methods/technologies for capturing& recording individual exposure data
4) Methods/technologies for associating physiological responses with individual exposure data

Health, Readiness & Performance (HRAPS) Health, Readiness & Performance (HRAPS)

Abstracts should address research related to:
1) Wearable solutions to improve readiness, to sustain health, & to optimize performance
2) Decision aids & tools evaluating physiological & cognitive status in near real time with Service member worn sensors

Infectious Disease
Topic Abbreviation on Abstract Submission Form Session Topic
(Two Hour Sessions)
Session Description
ID Research in the Tropics What's New in Infectious Disease Research in the Tropics

Abstracts should address:
1) Tropical disease surveillance
2) Tropical disease epidemiology
3) Current & new directions of tropical disease prevention
4) Vaccine & therapeutic(s) updates
5) Laboratory diagnostics for diverse causes of fever
6) Vector control

ID - Trainee & Deployment Related Infection Trainee & Deployment Related Infection This session will address the impact of infectious disease on military operations. Abstracts should cite current research in relation to
(1)  historical examples of the impact of infectious diseases on operations, OCONUS disease surveillance, & their burden on the DoD,
(2) case reports/case series of specific diseases (malaria, dengue, travelers' diarrhea), &/or
(3) ongoing efforts in the development of products related to diagnostics, therapeutics, & vaccines.
ID - Wounds, Skin & Soft Tissue Infections State of the Science on Wounds, Skin & Soft Tissue Infections

Abstracts should address the impact of the following to DoD personnel:
1) Wound, skin, & soft tissue infections 
2) Surveillance & characterization of drug resistance as it pertains to acute/chronic wound infections
3) Clinical practice guidelines 
4) Stem cell therapeutics & their utility in treatment of wound infections

ID - Hot Topics in Viral Infections Hot Topics in Viral Infections

Abstracts should address DoD-relevant research related to:
1) Emerging viral infectious diseases to include Zika virus, MersCoV,& Chikungunya
2) The re-emergence of naturally occurring viral infectious diseases to include norovirus, measles & mumps, & influenza
3) Future impact of viral vaccines on readiness to include dengue, influenza, shingles, Chikungunya, norovirus & others

Psychological Health/PTSD
Topic Abbreviation on Abstract Submission Form Session Topic
(Two Hour Sessions)
Session Description
PTSD - CAM Advancements in PTSD Research Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Advancements in PTSD Research This session will highlight empirical PTSD treatment advancements within an Integrated Medicine/CAM approach.  Abstracts should focus on alternatives such as exercise, yoga, nutrition, canines, acupuncture/acupressure, & meditation in place of traditional therapies or as psychotherapy augmentation for treatment of PTSD. Submissions should include theoretical based approaches & research findings to share that would have relevance to the military psychological health treatment community.
PTSD Treatment: Updates & Innovations PTSD Treatment: Updates & Innovations

Abstracts should include theory-based research & approaches & include pilot or Scientifically sound research findings related to:  
1) Novel, updated, or adapted methods for treatment of PTSD, either psychotherapeutic or pharmacologic
2) Current or new directions for PTSD prevention
3) Post diagnosis & treatment outcomes in DoD personnel

PTSD Biomarker Research PTSD Biomarker Research

Abstracts should address promising PTSD Biomarker Research focused upon:
1) Objective diagnosing
2) Understanding & identifying PTSD subtypes
3) Identifying biomarkers associated with disease progression/severity
4) Use of biomarkers as an objective surrogate for treatment response
5) Precision medicine approaches when selecting best interventions

Psychological Health/Non-PTSD
Topic Abbreviation on Abstract Submission Form Session Topic (Two Hour Sessions) Session Description
Psych Health & Resilience Psychological Health & Resilience The objective of this breakout session is to share cutting edge research related to evidence-based interventions that are designed to promote resilience.  These include military applicable universal prevention approaches, stress management, & family resilience building.  Submissions should include theory-based approaches & have pilot or research findings to share.
Psych Health Challenges Psychological Health Challenges The objective of the session is to share cutting edge information about current psychological health challenges that are often difficult to study & under-addressed by research. These challenges include substance abuse, sexual assault, violence, & anger. Submissions should include theory-based approaches & have pilot or research findings to share that have relevance to the military medical & operational community.
Suicide Prevention & Treatment Suicide Prevention & Treatment The objective of this breakout session is to share cutting edge research related to evidence-based training, interventions, & treatments to prevent suicide behaviors. Military suicide prevention requires a comprehensive approach that includes universal, selective, & indicated tools for medical & non-medical settings.
Rehabilitative Medicine
Topic Abbreviation on Abstract Submission Form Session Topic
(Two Hour Sessions)
Session Description
Orthotics & Prosthetics Advances Advances in Orthotics & Prosthetics Abstracts should address innovations in orthotic & prosthetic technology including, devices, socket & limb health, user-intent control, sensory & proprioception, device prescription.
Rehab of Neuromusculoskeletal Injuries Rehabilitation of Neuromusculoskeletal Injuries Abstracts should address advances in rehabilitation treatment strategies for Service Members with neuromusculoskeletal injuries & include outcomes of overall success, return to duty, reinjury rates, & quality of life.
Osseointegration Osseointegration In light of recent advances in the United States towards FDA approval of osseointegrated implants (OI) for patients with amputation, this session requests abstracts focusing on current ongoing trials & supporting efforts associated with OI.  Abstracts should also address opportunities & risks surrounding OI for Service Members & Veterans, & project what the OI landscape will look like in the next 5-10 years.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Topic Abbreviation on Abstract Submission Form Session Topic
(Two Hour Sessions)
Session Description
TBI - Frontline/Prehospital Management Frontline/Prehospital Management of TBI

This session will inform on novel capabilities to be used in the prehospital environment that can detect, monitor, maintain or mitigate the symptoms of TBIs. Submitted abstracts should address improvements in:
1) Capability of first responders to perform triage to order to ascertain the probability of life-threatening neurotrauma to order to improve the decision making timeline for evacuation
2) Ability to push care forward
3) Capability of first responders to perform lifesaving interventions to stop or mitigate the progression of secondary brain injury
4) Ability to monitor response to intervention, maintain & preserve brain function

TBI - Pathophysiology of TBI Pathophysiology of TBI

This session highlights research to characterize acute and/or chronic changes associated with, or resulting from, militarily relevant TBI. Relevant topics cover characterize pathways involved in mechanism of injury pathways and markers of injury severity. Specifically, abstracts should identify with one of the following:
1) Elucidate the mechanisms and identification of the pathophysiology of TBI and injury progression.
2) Understanding the effects and long term sequelae of multiple concussions.
3) Identify invasive and non-invasive diagnostic markers for the assessment of TBI.

TBI Treatment & Emerging Care TBI Treatment & Emerging Care

This session will highlight research findings of military relevant neurotrauma, specifically focusing on new treatments & emerging care across all severities of TBI. Abstracts should identify with one of the following:
1) Treatment strategies for military relevant neurotrauma
2) New &/or improved life-saving interventions
3) New &/or improved interventions to improve outcomes & maximize recovery
4) New &/or improved Clinical Practice Guidelines/ Clinical Recommendations

TBI Epidemiology TBI Epidemiology

This session will inform the audience of fundamental biomechanical & epidemiological principles of TBI across all severity levels that can be used to further future diagnostic & therapeutic efforts. Abstracts should identify with one of the following:
1) Improved understanding of factors (e.g., genetics, resilience factors, co-morbid conditions, etc.) that may contribute to/impact outcomes in Service members who have sustained a single TBI or repetitive TBI
2) Longitudinal studies
3) Improved understanding of association of TBI & potential long term health effects/consequences
4) Understand underlying mechanisms of TBI & response

TBI - Rehab Management of Concussion/mTBI Rehabilitation Management of Concussion/Mild TBI

Abstracts should address rehabilitation management techniques related to mTBI to include:  
1) Mechanisms underlying successful rehabilitation interventions
2) Rehabilitation treatment strategies for mTBI sequela (e.g., pain, cognitive deficits,& dizziness)  
3) Intervention strategies that integrate novel treatment practices (e.g., multitask/dual-task methods), & that result in measurable improvement in targeted impairments, functional & participation level performance
3) Characterization of emerging clinical technologies or outcome measures that identify mTBI related clinical impairments, functional limitations, or barriers to participation (to include clinical return to duty decision making tools)

TBI - Tech Adv in Early Diagnosis & Classification of Concussion/mTBI Technological Advances in the Early Diagnosis & Classification of Concussion/Mild TBI

Abstracts should address technology that reliably:
1) Evaluates concussion related physiologic abnormalities in balance, eye movements, reaction time, & other systems or parameters typically effected by concussion
2) Assesses serum biomarkers of concussion using mobile, field deployable technology
3) Assesses brain electrical activity with field deployable technology 
4) Describes combinations of these techniques that can produce a score or index that predicts concussion with high specificity & sensitivity


MHSRS Non-Tract Sessions
(Two Hour Sessions)

Topic Abbreviation on Abstract Submission Form Session Topic
(Two Hour Sessions)
Session Description
Acute Radiation Syndrome Adv in Treatment Advances in Treatment for Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS

Abstracts should address ARS-related:
1) Prophylaxis to allow military operations under threat of radiation exposure at doses sufficient to cause ARS
2) Post-exposure mitigation 
3) Biophysical dosimetry approaches for triage & prognosis
4) Mechanistic insights into the pathogenesis including differences between gamma& neutron exposure
5) Advances in animal models for countermeasures development

Medical Modeling & Simulation-Based Assessment Advancing Military Medical Modeling & Simulation-Based Assessment

Assessments, metrics, evaluation criteria, objective definitions, & measuring tools assist in providing informational snapshots & trends related to the understanding of an individual's or team's performance & readiness status. For the military, there are no 'one-size-fits-all'  assessments/assessment systems.  Abstracts should address advances in military medical modeling & simulation-based assessment efforts to include:
1) Formative & summative measures of performance & readiness
2) Enhanced feedback & performance improvement systems
3) Intelligent tutoring & mentoring systems
4) Integrated &/or autonomous assessment & reporting systems

Aircrew Health, Performance, & Mishap Prevention Aircrew Health, Performance, & Mishap Prevention This session is focused on research that will develop strategies to improve aircrew health, performance, & overall readiness & medical standards for the evaluation of degraded visual environment countermeasures.
Blood/Blood Products Blood/Blood Products This session will focus on the basic, preclinical & clinical science of coagulopathy, platelet biology, platelet products, storage solutions, blood product pathogen reduction, blood & platelet product delivery and logistics. Other than invited reviews, all presentations should present original research.
Burn & Intensive Care Burn & Intensive Care This session focuses on research topics related to the care of critical care combat casualties.  Abstracts should focus on research related to improvements in both trauma & burn care (e.g., new treatments for patient stabilization, new devices for use in the critical care environment, improved automation tools for managing patients in burn &/or trauma ICUs, & improved surgical treatment procedures.
Blast - Computational Modeling - Blast Threats Computational Modeling of Human Lethality, Injury, & Impairment from Blast Threats in All Environments Explosive weapons are a continuing & significant source of casualties across a broad range of military operations. As explosive weapon technology & their deployment methods become more complex, so too are the resultant injuries, which now require increasingly sophisticated protective countermeasures & medical interventions. Computational modeling can support novel approaches for the rapid design & testing of protection systems that mitigate or prevent the spectrum of blast injuries. Abstracts submitted to this session should address computational models & tools that can be used for the prediction of human lethality, injury, & impairment from blast threats in all environments. This may include, for example, computational models of blast loading, human body biodynamics, & injury biomechanics.
Critical Care & Organ Support Critical Care & Organ Support The DoD has invested in programs to enable the most severely injured patients to survive the acute phase of organ injury & failure. This session will focus on the progress that has been made in this area, as well as challenges for the future where organ failure may be more common due to extended pre-hospital treatment times.
Decision Support, Closed Loop, & Automation Decision Support, Closed Loop, & Automation Technologies in the Military Critical Care Environment  Trauma care in the future deployed environment requires enhanced capabilities in order to meet the needs across future operational environments.  Advanced & complex automation systems that off-load patient care from providers to computer guided technologies & actuators are needed.  Also of interest are simple treatment recommendations & enhanced diagnostic capabilities &/or decision aids.  DoD organizations have invested in several of these concepts over the last few years.  This session will focus on current research & current challenges facing the development, testing, & validation such systems for use in critical care environments for both military & civilian care.
NSAID - Emerging Implications Emerging Implications of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) Use in Military Readiness This session is focused on emerging research that will examine the effects of NSAIDS on health, readiness, performance & military operations.  Abstracts should address emerging research of NSAID adverse effects, use of NSAIDs in the heat with exercise, NSAID effects on bone health, & interactions of NSAIDs with military prescribed drugs.
En-route Care En-route Care

Abstracts should focus on improving en-route care capabilities to include:
1) Evidence to improve clinical outcomes
2) New/emerging platforms & systems
3) Appropriate clinical interventions during transport
4) Opportunities to improve transitions of care & joint/international interoperability Research should be data driven.

Medical Simulation Training - Evac & En-route Care Tactics Evacuation & En-route Care Tactics in Medical Simulation Training En-route care is a critical component of the continuum of care. However, Service specific evacuation missions & equipment coupled with a dynamic & constantly changing operating creates enormous demands on educational curricula & training systems.  Abstracts should address evacuation & en-route care simulation training topics in the following areas:
1) Composition
2) Medical equipment,
3) Continuum of critical care
4) Environment
5) Future directions
Extremity Regeneration Extremity Regeneration Abstracts should address regenerative medicine therapies, techniques for regeneration of tissues of the extremities, & composite tissue allotransplantation.
Forward Surgical Care Forward Surgical Care The focus of this session will be surgical & critical care innovations for the battlefield.  Relevant topics include technology & guidelines leading to improved damage control surgery, combat surgical care, & critical care throughout the Joint Trauma System continuum of care.  Of new interest is the development & maturation of solutions & guidelines for the endovascular control of non-compressible torso hemorrhage & the treatment of ischemia-reperfusion injury or organ failure through extra-corporeal life support or other novel means in the prolonged field or evacuation care scenarios.
Head, Neck & Facial Trauma/ Otolaryngology & Plastic Surgery Demo Head, Neck & Facial Trauma Section / Otolaryngology Demonstration Section This integrated course is designed to showcase a variety of pathological conditions manifest to this region of the body. Topics to be discussed include: epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, innovative evaluation methods, surgical & non-surgical treatment strategies, ongoing research, & more. This course is also geared toward the emerging role of the Otolaryngologist in addressing the unique challenges presented by military medicine & combat casualty care.
Health Services Research Across DoD Health Services Research Across the DoD This session will focus on health service & policy research across a variety of clinical/medical core areas (trauma/orthopedics; surgery; OBGYN; Wounded Warrior Care; Policy) through a lens of comparative effectiveness (outcomes research), disparities, provider induced demand, epidemiology, & geographic variation.  Abstracts should focus on access, quality improvement &/or patient safety across the previously listed areas. Priority will be given to assessment of care delivered in the MHS using administrative data sets. This field continues to expand as health systems accrue large volumes of administrative data. The concerns of the MHS with respect to quality & cost of medical care for beneficiaries can be directly related to work in this field.  This breakout session will highlight ongoing work as well as opportunities for future directions.
Healthcare Informatics for Agility/Medical Intelligence Healthcare Informatics for Agility/Medical Intelligence The DOD transformation strategy, Military Transformation: A Strategic Approach, provides insights into how U.S. & Joint forces will organize & operate to meet future threats. This strategy calls for agile operational forces & net-centric capabilities in order to deal with rapidly evolving theaters of operations where the military provider is  dealing with broadly dispersed units & civilian casualties, & needs to provide prolonged medical care & evacuation under austere conditions. This session will present research focused improving information technology & informatics capabilities within the Military Health System through use of big data, analytics, joint decision support tools/interfaces for clinicians to improve casualty management, pre-deployment & intra-theater force readiness, patient-safety/quality, & DoD Trauma System capabilities.  Presentations may also address the following research questions: How does the military utilize data/analytics to derive medical intelligence for all providers & patients to use at the right time at the right location for the patient needs? What happens when users are not connected to cloud? How is that data made usable?
Hemorrhage Control & Resuscitation Hemorrhage Control & Resuscitation This session focuses on the delivery of life-saving forward medical technologies to stop bleeding, restore lost blood volume, & mitigate the consequences of bleeding.  Research should be data driven.
Knowledge Translation in the MHS Knowledge Translation in the Military Health System (MHS) & Beyond: Frameworks & Lessons Learned Within the MHS, tailorable frameworks are needed to translate evidence-based research into clinical practice. Approximately 25% of the Defense Health Program's Research & Development portfolio is focused on developing knowledge products (KP).  This session highlights ongoing efforts to identify/address critical challenges in Knowledge Translation across the MHS. Part 1 of the session features presentations specific to improving & enhancing different phases of the KP Lifecycle. Part 2 highlights lessons learned from different efforts to translate KP using examples from within the MHS & other Government & non-Government organizations. Abstracts should focus on examples of successes & failures experienced in translating evidence-based research into clinical practice, highlighting where possible the challenges associated with dissemination, implementation & evaluation of KPs.

Management of Sleep & Fatigue

Management of Sleep & Fatigue for Maximization of Solider Operational Readiness

Abstracts should address:
1) Neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying recuperation during sleep
2) Biomarkers of fatigue & recuperation
3) Mechanism-based methods to augment sleep's recuperative value
4) Operationally-relevant cognitive assessment tools

Vision Protection & Treatment Medical Advancements in Operational & Clinical Vision Protection & Treatment

Abstracts should address:
1) Epidemiology of military-related visual loss/dysfunction
2) Preclinical & Clinical research advancing vision protection to include mitigation
3) Preclinical & Clinical research advancing vision diagnostics & treatments (restoration & regeneration strategies)
4) Vision injury prediction models

Hearing Protection & Treatment Medical Advancements in Operational & Clinical Hearing Protection & Treatment A panel of experts will explore the state of the science for similarities & differences in PH & TBI conditions, including screening & assessment, clinical presentation/symptomatology, diagnoses, comorbidities, treatment modalities, neurobiological substrates, & theoretical perspectives. Recommendations & future directions will be discussed.
Mobile Health Apps in the Medical Theater of Operation Mobile Health Applications in the Medical Theater of Operation The rapid evolution of mobile applications (apps) in the healthcare industry has driven dramatic changes in the way healthcare is accessed & delivered.  Apps can now passively transfer medical data to the electronic health care record, provide decision support, & remotely monitor patients. This topic will present research on apps applicable to patients & providers while addressing the impacts of these apps on patient outcomes, data management, informatics, security, & policy.  It will also address connectivity in theater & how apps can support prolonged field care in the theater of operation.
Nutritional Optimization of Reset & Recovery Nutritional Optimization of Reset & Recovery Abstracts should address research related to the nutritional requirements of Warfighters, nutritional interventions that optimize physical & cognitive performance, & dietary supplement use / abuse in military populations.
Psych Health & TBI - Consideration of PH & TBI Open Minds/Common Ground: Consideration of PH & TBI Conditions Abstracts should address the state of the science for similarities & differences in PH & TBI conditions, including some or all of the following:  screening & assessment, clinical presentation/symptomatology, diagnoses, comorbidities, treatment modalities, neurobiological substrates, theoretical perspectives, & recommendations/future directions.
Pain Management Pain Management This session focuses on research studies evaluating novel analgesics, analyzing the effects of analgesics & anesthetics on physiological & psychological parameters, & research aimed at understanding the epidemiology of pain, its associated comorbidities, & the use of analgesics. Research should be data driven.
Physiological Monitoring Physiological Monitoring This session focuses on innovations in physiological monitoring, computational algorithms, & their implementations to improve care throughout the continuum of combat casualty care.  Research efforts should describe results & show data.
Precision Medicine for Trauma Precision Medicine for Trauma The President has cited precision medicine as a key focus for innovation across the federal research enterprise.  Trauma care has progressed from clinical art to protocol driven care. The next phase in this evolution is advancing from protocol driven care to patient centric treatment based on individual characteristics & diagnostics, also termed Precision Medicine for Trauma.
Prehospital & Tactical CCC Prehospital & Tactical Combat Casualty Care This session will focus on research & trauma system advances in the pre-hospital environment including self & buddy aid. Abstracts which develop evidence to improve, document or refine care described in the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Guidelines are strongly encouraged. Research should be data driven.
Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Prevention of Musculoskeletal Injury in the Military This session is focused on research to develop military relevant strategies & countermeasures to prevent musculoskeletal injury prevention & comprehensive return to duty/fitness for duty assessments after musculoskeletal injury. Topics may include identification of risk factors & development of injury risk prediction tools, decision aids, & physical fitness standards.
Prolonged Field Care Updates Prolonged Field Care (PFC) Updates

Abstracts should address PFC updates related to:
1) Working Group & strategy
2) Institute for Surgical Research Clinical Practice Guidelines development
3) Training 
4) Research
5) Telemedicine initiatives

Skin Regeneration & Scar Reduction Skin Regeneration & Scar Reduction Abstracts should address research related to:
1) Scar reduction or remediation
2) Wound microenvironment
3) Skin substitutes
4) Donor site morbidity
5) Skin regeneration
6) Skin adnexa
Spectrum of Future Military Medical Modeling & Simulation Methodologies Spectrum of Future Military Medical Modeling & Simulation Methodologies

Military medical simulation & training focuses on the inclusion of open source/open architectures, interoperability between systems, modularity/scalability, & increasing the level of physiology appropriateness/accuracy within simulation systems.  The ultimate goal is to design & develop useable systems for military & public healthcare providers.  Abstracts for this session should address:
1) Tangible user interfaces
2) Mixed reality (augmented reality& augmented virtuality)
3) Virtual reality systems that provide higher quality/quantity physiological representation

Telehealth/Virtual Health/Remote Monitoring in the MHS Telehealth/Virtual Health (VH)/Remote Monitoring in the Military Health System

Telehealth/Virtual Health (VH)/Remote Monitoring in the Military Health System VH allows interactive medical information (data, voice, or video) to operationally flow from the right provider to the right patient at the right time. Teleconsultation/ telementoring connects the on-site medical provider to a network of consultants & off-line decision support tools to improve patient & casualty outcomes while at the same time potentially providing theater/operational medicine VH interventions/care data to MHS Genesis and the Joint Trauma System DoD Trauma Registry.

This session will present VH-related military research efforts to include efforts in software, hardware, & algorithm development, machine learning, live/store & forward data/information, & supporting procedures enabling bidirectional teleconsultation in theater, data capture & management. Regulatory, data management, security, & policy issues will also be discussed.

Vitamin D Testing & Supplementation Vitamin D Testing & Supplementation - What Do We Really Need in the MHS? This session is focused on examine the effects of vitamin D testing & supplementation in relation to health, readiness, & performance in military training & operations.
Women's Deployment Health Military Women's Deployment Health This session will provide attendees updated research evidence and expert opinion on key health and psychosocial needs for women before, during, and after deployment to maintain a fit and ready force.
MHSRS Non-Tract, Non-Abstract Sessions
Topic Abbreviation on Abstract Submission Form Session Topic
(Two Hour Sessions)
Session Description
  Case Records of the Joint Trauma System This session will present challenging cases pulled from the Department of Defense Trauma Registry (DoDTR) for expert panel discussion. These cases will emphasize active Process Improvement across the global military trauma system and highlight the translation of knowledge from research and development into clinical implementation. The goal is to ensure that the valuable lessons learned from recent conflicts are not forgotten.
  Combat Medic Panel In this session, Combat Casualty Care providers with recent deployment experience in providing point of injury (POI) trauma care & care during evacuation from POI to surgical care will participate in a moderated panel to identify operational capability gaps in ongoing deployments.
DHP 6.7 - Enhancement of Fielded Medical Capabilities

Defense Health Program 6.7 - Supported Enhancement of Fielded Medical Capabilities

This poster session is targeted towards DHP 6.7-supported projects to include infectious disease, combat casualty care, military operational medicine, clinical & rehabilitative medicine, medical simulation, & medically-related information technology. Abstracts should address purpose, progress, current outcomes, planned implementation, impact & relevance.
  Defense Health Program & U.S. Army Research Funding Opportunities This session will focus on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs & military-relevant Defense Health Program Congressional Special Interest (CSI)/Army CSI funding opportunities. It will also include presentations on other funding opportunities within the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command such as Broad Agency Announcements, Small Business Innovation Research, & the submission of New Products & Ideas. A Q&A panel session will follow the presentations.
  FDA Regulatory Case Studies This session will use case studies illustrating FDA regulatory issues associated with medical materiel products as a learning tool on the nuances & pitfalls associated with medical materiel product development in the DoD.
  Military Health System (MHS) Consensus Statement on the Prevention on the Diagnosis & Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) The MHS has supported significant research over the last 10 years in TBI. This investment has established a body of scientific evidence to inform on new advances in TBI-related medical practice. The effort was led by the Director of the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health & TBI, with oversight by the Deputy Assistant SECDEF (Health Readiness Policy & Oversight), in coordination with the Deputy Assistant SECDEF (Health Services Policy & Oversight), & the President, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. This session will discuss the importance of synthesizing/interpreting this body of scientific evidence in order to provide recommendations on optimal prevention, diagnosis, treatment, & rehabilitation of TBI as it relates to the future MHS efforts.
  Update on DoD Human Research Protections Regulatory Issues

Fostering the Future in DOD Animal Research
This session will provide an overview of the new regulatory requirements on DoD-supported or conducted research & discuss its impact Update on Electronic Institutional Review Board System - Where are we now?

This session will consist of an overview of modifications expected in the next DODI 3216.01 "Use of Animals in DoD Programs" as well as an update on the integration of the new Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) software at key DOD programs. Veterinary leaders present from the Office of the Assistant SECDEF, Research & Engineering & the Component Oversight Offices for DOD animal care & use will be available for questions & discussion.