Award Winners


2020 MHSRS Distinguished Service/Individual/Team Awards

Distinguished Service Award

Michael A. Dubick, Ph.D.
United States Army Institute of Surgical Research
San Antonio, Texas

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual/Military Senior Researcher

Christopher C. Broder, Ph.D.
Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Maryland

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual/Military Junior Researcher

LT Luke A. Beardslee, MC, USN
Naval Medical Submarine Research Laboratory
New London Submarine Base
Groton, Connecticut

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual/Academia-Industry

Jessica Gill RN, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Military

COVID-19 Rapid Response Team Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD

Sheila Peel, Ph.D.
Team Lead

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Military

The Combat Trauma Research Group Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Virginia

LCDR Sean Stuart, MC, USN
Team Lead

2020 MHSRS Young Investigator Competition Finalists

Jess A. Gwin, Ph.D.
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Belcamp, MD

CPT Brooke A. Pati, MC, USA
Department of Clinical Investigation and Department of General Surgery
Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI

Patrick M. Ketter, Ph.D.
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX

Capt Douglas E. Deever, USAF, MC
Pulmonary/Critical Care Department, Brooke Army Medical Center
San Antonio, TX

CPT Rowan R. Sheldon, MC, USA
Department of Surgery, Madigan Army Medical Center
Tacoma, WA

Shawn R. Eagle, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Concussion Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA

Erin M. Miller, ATC, Ph.D. (c)
Baylor University - Keller Army Community Hospital Division 1 Sports Physical Therapy
Fellowship, West Point, NY
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT

Yuanyuan Gao, Ph.D. (c)
Center for Modeling, Simulation and Imaging in Medicine
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Colleen M. Castellani, B.S.
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
Natick, MA

Kara Ashcraft
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO

Maj Patrick L. Short, USAF, MC
Department of Pediatrics, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda, MD

CDR Lalon M. Kasuske, NC, USN
Naval Medical Readiness Training Command Portsmouth, Virginia
National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,
Bethesda, MD


2019 MHSRS Distinguished Service/Individual/Team Awards

Distinguished Service Award

Amy B. Adler, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist for the Center of Military Psychiatry & Neuroscience
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Silver Spring, Maryland

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual/Military

Paul M. Sherman, M.D.
Director, Neurological & Neuroradiology Research
USAF School of Aerospace Medicine,
711 Human Performance Wing
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual/Academia-Industry

CDR Ian L. Valerio, M.D., USNR
Chief, Division of Burn, Wound, & Trauma
Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Professor, Departments of Plastic & Reconstructive, Orthopedic,
& General Surgery
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Small Team/Military

Hazard Recognition Team
711 Human Performance Wing, Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio
Christin Duran, Ph.D.
Team Lead

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Large Team/Military

Zika Purified Inactivated Virus Team
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland

Kayvon Modjarrad, M.D., Ph.D.
Team Lead

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/

San Antonio Whole Blood Consortium, San Antonio, Texas

Donald Jenkins, M.D.
Team Lead

CAPT Anita C. Bacher, USN
Award for Excellence in Nursing Research

LTC Gordon F. West, USA


2019 MHSRS Young Investigator Competition Awards

First Place

Captain Kaitlin Morte, USA
Madigan Army Medical Center
Takoma, Washington

Outcomes Following Trauma Related to Gender: A Matched Analysis of Military Service Members in the Department of Defense Trauma Registry

Second Place

Teryn Roberts, Ph.D.
The Geneva Foundation
Takoma, Washington

Evaluation of Tethered-liquid Perfluorocarbon Coating for Heparin-free Extracorporeal Life Support: A 72-hour Life Support Intensive Care Unit Study

Third Place

Captain Carl Beyer, USAF
University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento,
California, and David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis AFB, California

Risk Factors for Persistent Opioid Use and Clinically Recognized Opioid Abuse Following Battle Injury in United States Military Personnel

Honorable Mention

MAJ Megan Donahue, USA
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

MAJ Julianna Jayne, USA
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, Massachusetts

Casey Straud, Psy.D.
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Capt Adam Dulberger, USAF
David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis AFB, CA

LTC Ann Ketz, USA
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany

CPT Colin Harrington, USA
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

Sahil Bajaj, Ph.D.
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona


2019 MHSRS Poster Awards


A Descriptive Study of U.S. Special Operations Command Fatalities, 2001-2018
Presentation Author: Dr. Russ Kotwal
Joint Trauma System, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas


Poster Session 1

First Place

Spatiotemporal Profiling of Bacterial Communities and Interpersonal Interactions to Capture Transmission Events
Presentation Author: Dr. Briana Vecchio-Pagan
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland

Second Place

In vitro Validation of Genetic Elements Conferring Neuronal Hypoxia Tolerance using CRISPR/Cas9 System and Microelectrode Arrays
Presentation Author: Dr. Oksana Pavlyuk
U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH and UES Inc., Dayton, Ohio

Third Place

Enhanced Non-invasive Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Sensory Restoration and Neuropathic Pain Treatment
Presentation Author: Mr. Andres Pena
Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Honorable Mention

Use of Mobile Technology Paired with Heart Rate Monitor to Remotely Quantify Behavioral Health Markers among Military Reservists and First Responders
Presentation Author: Dr. Maria Davila
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

In-office, In-home, and Telebehavioral-health Cognitive Processing Therapy for Combat-related PTSD: Preliminary Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial
Presentation Author: Dr. Alan Peterson
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas


Poster Session 2

First Place

Rapid Intramuscular Administration of TXA Results in Equivalent Total Drug Exposure and Reversal of Hyperfibrinolysis in a Swine Controlled Hemorrhage Model
Presentation Author: Captain Marguerite Spruce, USAF
USAF David Grant Medical Center Clinical Investigation facility, Travis AFB, California

Second Place

Cold-stored Platelets Have Better Preserved Contractile Function in Comparison to Room Temperature-stored Platelets over 21 Days
Presentation Author: Dr. Prajeeda Nair
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Third Place

Associations between an Integrated Musculoskeletal Risk Mitigation Program and Self-Reported Pain during U.S. Military Training
Presentation Author: Carolyn Dartt
Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland

Honorable Mention

Percutaneous Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Provides Relief of Chronic Pain to Enable Improvements in Function Following Amputation
Presentation Author: Dr. Steven Cohen
Walter Reed National Military Medicine Center, Bethesda, MD

Gastroesophageal Resuscitative Occlusion of the Aorta
Presentation Author: Mr. Brendan McCracken
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


2018 MHSRS Distinguished Service/Individual/Team Awards

Distinguished Service Award

COL Michael P. Kozar, USA
Director, Military Infectious Diseases Research Program
Fort Detrick, Maryland

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual/Military

COL Andrew P. Cap, MC, USA
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, TX

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual/Academia-Industry

Kenneth M. Hargreaves, DDS, Ph.D.
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Small Team/Military

USAF Enroute Care Research Center
Joint Base San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Maj Joseph Maddry, USAF
(Team Lead)

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Large Team/Military

Combat Trauma Research Group
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

LCDR Micah J. Gaspary, USN
(Team Lead)

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/
Small Team/Academia-Industry

Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Australian Defence Force, & CLIP Investigators

Col Michael Reade & Associate Prof Denese Marks

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/
Large Team/Academia-Industry

Military Suicide Research Consortium

Peter M. Gutierrez, Ph.D. & Thomas E. Joiner, Ph.D

2018 MHSRS Young Investigator Competition Awards

First Place

Keisuke Kawata, Ph.D., ATC.
Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health, Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Association of Increased Serum S100B Levels with High School Football Subconcussive Head Impacts

Second Place

CPT Joshua L. Fenderson, MC, USA
Blood Research Program, US Army Institute of Surgical Research
Fort Sam Houston, TX

Hemostatic Characteristics of Thawed Pooled Cryoprecipitate Stored for 35 Days at Refrigerated and Room Temperatures

Third Place

CPT Michael Derickson, MC, USA
Madigan Army Medical Center
Tacoma, WA

Life Saving Surgical Procedures in Blackout Conditions Using Night Vision Technology: Come to the Dark Side

2018 MHSRS Poster Awards

Best In Show

Rapid Potent Synthetic synDNA Vaccine Platform to Accelerate Protection from Infectious Diseases for the Warfighter
David B. Weiner, PhD1, Ami Patel, PhD1, Emma Reuschel, PhD1, Sagar Kudchodkar, PhD1, Jean Boyer, PhD2, Kate Broderick, PhD2, Kar Muthumani, PhD1, Mark Bagarazzi, MD2, Scott White, MD, Joel Maslow, MD3, Laurent Humeau, PhD2, Pablo Tebas, MD4

1Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, 2Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Plymouth Meeting, PA, 3GeneOne Life Science, Plymouth Meeting, PA, 4The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Poster Session 1

First Place

Risks, Assets, & Timing: The Impact of Deployment Characteristics on Military Spouses’ Readiness for Future Deployments

Sabrina Richardson, PhD1, Kelly A. Woodall1, Jaqueline C. Pflieger1, Lyndon Riviere2, Valerie A. Stander3

1Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc, Bethesda, MD, 2Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD, 3Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA

Second Place

Impact of Hypoxia on Brain Activity & Flight Simulation Performance

Sabrina Drollinger, MS1, CAPT G. Merrill Rice, DO, MPH2, Dallas Snider, PhD3, LT Christopher Greil, PhD1, LCDR Frank Bogni, MD1, Jeffrey Phillips, PhD4, Steven Linnville, PhD1, Katherine Marco1, Anil Raj, MD4, Margaret Freyaldenhoven4

1Naval Medicine Operational Training Center, Pensacola, FL, 2Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, FL, 3University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL, 4Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, Pensacola, FL

Third Place

Exposure to Intense Noise Causes Acute Vestibular & Balance Loss

W. Michael King, PhD, Richard Altschuler, PhD, Courtney Stewart, PhD

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Honorable Mention

Dietary Interventions Protect Against Blast-Induced Neurotrauma in an Animal Model

Tonia S. Rex1, Alexandra Bernardo-Colon1, Victoria Vest1, Adrienne Clark1, John Clifton1, Ryan Dahl1, Bohan Kim1, Fiona Harrison2

1Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Nashville, TN, 2Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Challenges in Automating the Characterization of Burn Injuries for Pre-Hospital Care

Gregory Rule, MS, PE1, Christopher Argents, PhD2, Jeremy C. Pamplin, MD, FCCM, FACP3, Maria Serio-Melvin, MSN4, Sena R. Veazey, MS4, Craig A. Fenrich4

1Applied Research Associates, Inc, San Antonio, TX, 2Applied Research Associates, Inc, Raleigh, NC, 3Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA, 4U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, TX

Poster Session 2

First Place

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury History Predicts Relationship Between Reduced Grey Matter Volume & Visual-Sensory Performance in Special Operations Forces Personnel

Cassie B. Ford, PhD1, Michael J. Cools, MD1, LTC Stephen M. DeLellis, MPAS, PA-C2, CPT Marshall L. Healy, APA-C2, Robert H. Lutz, MD3, COL Shawn F. Kane, MD4, COL James H. Lynch, MD2, Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC1

1University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC, 3Duke University, Durham, NC, 4Special Warfare Medical Group, Fort Bragg, NC

Second Place

Pain & Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the US Military Population: A Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium Study

Michelle Hoot, PhD1,2, Harvey Levin, PhD3,4, Austin Smith, BS1,2, Gary Goldberg, MD1,5, Elisabeth Wilde, PhD3,4, William Walker, MD1,2,5, Tracy Nolen, PhD6, Norma Pugh, MS6

1Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Richmond, VA, 2Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center, Richmond, VA, 3Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 4Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX, 5Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 6RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC

Third Place

Ex-Vivo Normothermia Hyperbaric Perfusion for 24 Hours Mitigates Reperfusion Injury in Porcine Vascular Composite Allotransplantation

Nicholas L. Robbins, DO1,3, Matthew J. Wordsworth, MA, MRCS1, Michael R. Sippel, MD1,3, Bijaya K. Parida, PhD1, Jennifer M. Cox, BS1, Vijay S. Gorantla, MD, PhD1,4 George E. Wolf, MD2, Warren C. Breidenbach, MD1, Col Michael R Davis, MD1,2, Col Erik K. Weitzel, MD1,2

1RESTOR™ Program, 59th Medical Wing, JBSA Lackland AFB, TX, 2San Antonio Military Medical Center, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX, 3University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, 4Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Honorable Mention

The Relationship Between Perceived Burden & Health-Related Quality of Life in Caregivers of Military Service Members & Veterans Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Tracey Brickell, PsyD1-4, Noelle Carlozzi, PhD6, Louis French, PsyD1-4, Sara Lippa, PhD1-3, Rael Lange, PhD1-3,5

1Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center, Bethesda, MD, 2Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, 3National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Bethesda, MD, 4Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, 5University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 6University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) Alters Intracranial Pressure & Brain Tissue Oxygen Tension Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Zachary Bailey1, Katherine Cardiff1, Xiaofang Yang1, Janice Gilsdorf1, Deborah Shear1, Todd Rasmussen2, Lai Yee Leung1,2

1Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD, 2Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD


2017 MHSRS Distinguished Service/Individual/Team Awards

Distinguished Service Award

Frank K. Butler, Jr. MD
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Chairman, Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Joint Trauma System, San Antonio, TX

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual/Military/Active Duty

MAJ Steven Schauer, MC, USA
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, TX

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual/Military/Civilian

Michael J. Morris, M.D.
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium
Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual/Academia

Veena Taneja, Ph.D.
Department of Immunology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Academia-Industry

Acute Care Covering for Severely Injured Limbs Project Team

Erik Edwards, Ph.D. (Team Lead)
Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Military/First Place

Occupational Physical Assessment Team

Marilyn Sharp, M.S. (Team Lead)
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Military/Honorable Mention

Hantavirus Team

Connie Schmaljohn, Ph.D. (Team Lead)
U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ft. Detrick, MD

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Military/Honorable Mention

Multi-Channel Negative Wound Pressure Device Team

Calvin Griner, M.P.A. (Team Lead)
U.S. Air Force Medical Support Agency, Falls Church, Virginia

2017 MHSRS Young Investigator Competition Awards

First Place

Lauren Cornell, M.S.
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, TX

Utility of Magnetic Nanoparticles for Targeted Endothelial Transplantation in an Ex-vivo Model

Second Place

LT Jenny M. Held, USN
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA

Insertional Safety, Device, Stability, and Decompression Efficacy of Alternative Decompression Devices for Tension Pneumothorax: Results of Complementary Studies Using Human Cadaver and Yorkshire Swine Models

Third Place

Kate Zeigler, BS
Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD

Clearance of Rabies-Like Lyssavirus Infection via Antibody Therapy Post-central Nervous System Invasion

2017 MHSRS Poster Awards

Best In Show

Service Members and Veterans with Transhumeral Osseointegration: Initial Rehabilitation Experiences from the DoD OI Program at WRNMMC
Michelle Nordstrom, Mark Beachler, Joe Butkus, Annemarie Orr, Brad Hendershot, Barri Schnall, Stanly Breuer, Paul Pasquina, Benjamin Potter, Jonathan Forsberg, Chris Dearth

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, DoD-VA Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Poster Session 1

First Place

Adaptive Vacuum Suspension for Optimal Residual Limb Health and Prosthetic Function
Matthew Wernke, Alexander Albury, Cameron Rink, Christopher L. Dearth, Chandan K. Sen, James Colvin

Second Place

Toward the Rational Design of Advanced Broad Host Range Therapeutic Bacteriophage Cocktails
Mikeljon Nikolich, Andrey Filippov, Kirill Sergueev, Akhil Reddy, Jenny He, Amanda Roth

Third Place

Fluid Deprivation Exacerbates Renal Dysfunction and Under-Perfusion in a Porcine 40%
TBSA Burn Model

Belinda I. Gómez, Tony Chao, Joshua S. Little, Matthew K. McIntyre, Michael A. Dubick, David M. Burmeister

Honorable Mention

The Effect of Prolonged Activity and Lower Limb Trauma on Variable Terrain Walking Stability
Riley C. Sheehan, Christopher A. Rabago, Kelly A. Ohm, and Jason M. Wilken

Targeted Interventions for Sleep Disorders in Chronic TBI Produce Improved Sleep Status:

Ryan Soose, Tina Harrison, Kathryn Edelman, Allison Borrasso, Jane Sharpless, Dana Williams, Valerie Reeves, Dan Pultz, Ron Poropatich, Sue Beers, Anthony Kontos, Micky Collins, Walter Schneider, David Okonkwo

Poster Session 2

First Place

Comparison of Direct Site Endovascular Repair Utilizing Expandable PTFE Stent Grafts Vs. Standard Vascular Shunts in a Porcine (Sus Scrofa) Model
Anders J. Davidson, Lucas P. Neff, J. Kevin Grayson, Nathan F. Clement, Erik S. DeSoucy, Meryl A. Simon-Logan, Christopher M. Abbot, James B. Sampson, Timothy K. Williams

Second Place

Providing Evidence-based Treatments for PTSD and the Risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress: Results from the PTSD Clinicians Exchange
Elizabeth A. Penix, Kristina Clarke-Walper, Ashley M. Magnavita, Erica Simon, Samantha Regala, Kile Ortigo, Josef I. Ruzek, Raymond C. Rosen, Joshua Wilk

Third Place

Feasibility and Validation of a Reusable Perfused Human Cadaver Model for Trauma, General Surgery, and Vascular Surgery Training
Jenny M. Held, Travis Polk

Honorable Mention

Effect of Hypoxia on Porcine and Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Ben Antebi, Kerfoot P. Walker III, Arezoo Mohammadipoor, Andriy I. Batchinsky

Intrathoracic Pressure Regulation for Treatment of Brain Injury:
Results from a Limited Clinical Evaluation

Victor Convertino, Anja Metzger, DaiWai Olson, Stephen Figueroa, Farid Sadaka, Katie Krause, Robert Neumann, Keith Lurie


2016 MHSRS Distinguished Service/Individual/Team Awards

Distinguished Service Award

Steven P. Cohen, MD, Col, USA (ret)
Professor & Chief of Pain Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore. MD

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Military/Individual

LT Francis “Jay” Haran, MSC, USN
Research Psychologist
Naval Submarine Research Laboratory, Groton CT

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Academic

Kayvan Najarian, PhD (Team Lead)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Military

CAPT Mark Riddle, MC, USN (Team Lead)
Naval Medical Research Center

2016 MHSRS Young Investigator Competition Awards

First Place

Maj Neil Eisenstein, BMBCH MA(Oxon) MRCS
Royal Center for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Heterotopic Ossification – A Novel Way to Treat and Prevent This Military “Epidemic”

Second Place

Kristen M. Reddoch, PhD
US Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, TX

Platelet Additive Solution (PAS) & Storage at 4 degrees C Protect Platelets From Induction of Apoptosis Compared to Storage at Room Temperature or in Plasma Feasibility of 15-Day Platelet Storage

Third Place

CPT Michael S. Lallemand, USA
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma WA

No IV, No Problem: Intraosseous Administration of Tranexamic Acid is as Effective as Intravenous in a Porcine Hemorrhage Model

2016 MHSRS Poster Awards

Best In Show

An Ex-Vivo ECMO Model Generates Pro-thrombotic Platelet-Derived Micro-particles

Andrew D. Meyer, MD, MS1,2, Anjana Raghunath, MS1, Robin Kamucheka2, Armando Rodriquez2, Crystal Lafleur2, Bijaya K. Parida, PhD2, Michael Scherer2, Andriy I. Batchinsky, MD3, Leopoldo Cancio, MD2, Andrew P. Cap, MD, PhD2
1University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, 2US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Ft. Sam Houston, TX, 3The Geneva Foundation, Tacoma WA

Poster Session 1

First Place

Evaluation of Novel Antimicrobial Peptides as Topical Anti-Infectives with Broad-Spectrum Activity against Combat-Related Bacterial & Fungal Wound Infection
Louis E. Clemens, Kathryn Woodburn, Jesse Jaynes, Mina Izadjoo, Ed Lim

Second Place

Dynamic Modeling of Fibrinolysis using Reduced Order Effective Kinetic Models
Adithya Sagar, Thomas Orfeo, Kathleen Brummel-Ziedins, Rachel LeCover , Jeffrey Varner

Third Place

Non-Invasive Detection of Laser-Induced Retinal Injury in a Multi-Exposure Model
Melissa Naiman , Rachida Bouhenni, Jeffrey Dunmire, Ying Liu, Qundeel Rafiq, David Gothar, Rafat Ansari, Deepak Edward

Honorable Mention

Antimicrobial Biomaterial for Infection Control and Improved Healing of Soft Tissue Trauma
Christopher Miller, Tanvi Karnik, Michael Jerram, Barnaby May, Brian Ward

Examination of Psychosocial Factors in Offender and Non-Offender Army Populations with and without Combat Experience
Stephanie Traynham, Colby Mathews, Amanda Hayes

Poster Session 2

First Place

Toward Automated Detection of Perihepatic and Perisplesnic Hematomas: The Use of 3D Ultrasound
Mariya Gusman and Shane B. Anderson

Second Place

Physiological Effects of ‘Pre-Hospital’ Resuscitation with HBOC Compared to Saline & Packed Red Cells: Plasma in Two Models of Severe Injury
Emrys Kirkman, Kenneth Burhop, Sam Hutchings, Peter Mahoney, Kim Vandegriff, A Walker, S Watts

Third Place

The Impact of Transport Time on Outcomes Following Evacuation from Point of Injury
Joseph K. Maddry, Crystal Perez, Stephanie S. Russell, Lauren Reeves, Alejandra Mora, Tuan Le, Vikhyat Bebarta, MD

Honorable Mention

There’s an APP for that: A Handheld Smartphone-based Infrared Imaging Device to Assess Adequacy and Level of Aortic Occlusion in the Setting of Profound Shock Physiology
Kyle K. Sokol, George E. Black, Sandra B. Willey, Kevin Kniery, Matthew J. Eckert, Matthew J. Martin

Impact of Austere Environmental Conditions on the Accuracy of the ABORhCard®
Vincent L. Duncan, Wilbur W. Malloy

Poster Session 3

First Place

Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening: Evidence for an Emerging Tool to Augment Current mTBI Assessments
Anthony P. Kontos, Michael W. Collins, Anne Mucha, Alicia Sufrinko, Melissa Womble, Jamie McAllister, RJ Elbin, Joseph Furman, Cara Troutman-Enseki, Valerie Reeves, Cyndi Holland, Greg Marchetti, Erin Reynolds

Second Place

Validation of Visual Objectives Biomarkers for Acute Concussion
Jose E. Capo-Aponte, Wesley R. Cole, Thomas A Beltran, David V. Walsh, Joseph Y. Dumayas

Third Place

Longitudinal Investigation of Neurotrauma Serum Biomarkers, Behavioral Characterization, and Brain Imaging in Soldiers Following Repeated Low-level Blast Exposure (New Zealand Breacher Study)
​Gary H. Kamimori, Christina R. LaValle, James R. Stone, Walter Carr, Charmaine M. Tate

Honorable Mention

Biomechanical Outcomes of Unilateral Limb Lengthening Procedures for Service Members with Bilateral Transfemoral Amputations: A Case Series
​Barri L. Schnall, Elizabeth M. Bell, Benjamin K. Potter, Jean-Claude G. D’Alleyrand

Biomarker Levels of Aß and Tau Correspond to PET Imaging of Amyloid and FDG in Chronic TBI Patients
David Okonkwo, Nora Presson, Davneet Minhas, Brian Lopresti, Charles Laymon, James Mountz, Chester Mathis, Julie Price, Ava Puccio, Kathryn Edelman, Steven Benso, Anthony Kontos, Michael Collins, Walter Schneider, Milos Ikonomovic


2015 MHSRS Distinguished Service/Individual/Team Awards

Distinguished Service Award

Jay A. Johannigman, Col (USAFR), MD
Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Academic/Individual

Kia M. Washington, MD
Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh VA
Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Military/Individual

LTC Andre Cap, USA, MC
US Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, TX

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Academic

Levi J. Hargrove, PhD (Team Lead)
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, Chicago, Il

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Academic Honorable Mention

John D. Childs, PhD (Team Lead)
USA Medical Department Center & School Health Readiness COE, San Antonio, TX

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Military

COL Emil Lesho, MC, USA (Team Lead)
Multidrug-Resistant Organism Repository & Surveillance Network/ARMOR Program

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Military Honorable Mention

David D. Luxton, PhD (Team Lead)
National Center for Telehealth and Technology

2015 MHSRS Young Investigator Competition Awards

First Place

Surg Lt CDR, Ed Barnard, FCEM
Selective Aortic Arch Perfusion for the Reversal of Hemorrhage-Induced Traumatic Cardiac Arrest in a Swine Model of Non-Compressible Torso Hemorrhage

Second Place

CPT George E. Black, MC, USA
Suspension of Biologic Time in Severe Hemorrhagic Shock: Pilot Study Results from the Biochronicity Project

Third Place

Srinivas Laxminarayan, PhD
Preventing Heat Injuries by Predicting Individualized Human Core Temperature

2015 MHSRS Poster Awards

Best In Show

A Probabilistic Concussion Model Relating Head Impact Kinematics to Internal Axonal Level Injury and Clinical Outcomes for Interpretation of Wearable Sensor Data

Laurel Ng, PhD*, Melissa Gibbons, PhD, Vladislav Volman, PhD, Pi Phohomsiri, PhD, Darrell Swenson, PhD, Jianxia Cui, PhD, James Stuhmiller, PhD L-3 Communications, San Diego, CA

Poster Session 1

First Place

Evaluation of an Integrative PTSD Treatment Program for Active Duty Service Members
Salvatore Libretto, PhD*
, Sandra Gordon, BA, CPC, Lara Hilton, MPH, Courtney Boyd, MA, Weimin Zhang, PhD, Kimberly McConnell,EdD Samueli Institute, Alexandria, VA

Second Place

Establishing Large Scale Data Repositories in a Military Health Care Setting
John Evans, LCDR1*,
Carol Jones, MS1, Debra Murphy, PhD2, Thomas DeGraba, MD2
1Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, NC
2National Centers of Excellence

Third Place

Immune-Masking of Thrombosomes: Trehalose Stabilized Platelet-Derived Hemostatic Agent
Glen Michael Fitzpatrick, PhD1*,
​Arthur Bode, PhD1, Veronica Ortiz, SBB2, Janelle Ober1
1Cellphire Inc., Rockville, MD
2George Washington University, Washington, DC

Honorable Mention

Transient Alterations of Cutaneous Sensory Nerve Function by Non-Invasive Cryolipolysis
Emilia Javorsky MD, MPH*,
Arthur Bode, PhD, Lilit Garibyan MD, PhD, Laura Cornelissen PhD, William Sipprell MD, Joachim Pruessner, Sarina Elmariah MD PhD, Tuan Luo MD, Ethan A. Lerner MD, PhD, Yookyung Jung PhD, Conor Evans PhD, David Zurakowski PhD, Charles B. Berde MD, PhD, R. Rox Anderson MD
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Pelvic Fracture Is Strongly Associated with Lower Limb Traumatic Amputation in Combat Related Blast – A Prospective, Multicenter, Observational Study
Ed Barnard, FCEM1,2*,
​Victoria Ganem, RN1, Alejandra Mora, BS1, Vikhyat Bebarta, MD1
1US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, TX
2Institute of Naval Medicine, Gosport, United Kingdom

Poster Session 2

First Place

ion of Kollidon VA64 in the WRAIR PBBI Model: Studies from the Operation Brain Trauma Therapy
Krista Caudle1,
Stefania Mondello2, Janice Gilsdorf1, Frank Tortella1, Deborah Shear1
1Walter Reed Army Insttiute of Research, Silver Spring, MD
2Univ of Messina, Italy

Second Place

Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy as a Point-of-Care Diagnostic for Infection in Wound Effluent
Nicole J. Crane, PhD1,2,3*,
Shubha Yesupriya, BS1, Meron Ghebremedhin, MS1,3
1Naval Medical Research Center
2USUHS, Bethesda, MD
3Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Third Place

Assessing Objective Neuromarkers in an Immersive Virtual Reality Environment
Brennan Cox, PhD1*,
​Katherine Service, BS1, Seth Reini, PhD2, Weimin Zheng, PhD1
1Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA
2Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City Beach, FL

Honorable Mention

Differential Contributions of Platelets and Fibrinogen to Early Hyperfibrinolysis During Hemorrhage and Shock and Its Correction with Small-Volume IV Bolus of 7.5% NaCl Adenosine, Lidocaine and Mg2+ (ALM)
Geoffrey P. Dobson, PhD*,
Hayley L. Letson, MSc
James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Penetrating Ballistic-Like Brain Injury in Rats
Sindhu Madathil, PhD*,
​Lai Yee Leung, PhD, Katherine Cardiff, BS, Xiaofang Yang, BS,Frank Tortella, PhD,
Deborah Shear, PhD, Ying Deng-Bryant, PhD
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD

Poster Session 3

First Place

Burn Scars Modulation Through Laser Deliver of Stem Cells
Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Menocal1*,
M. Salgado1, R.J. Christy2, S. Becerra2, J. Gil1, A. Candanedo1, S. Natesan2, J. Valdes1,
M. Solis1, C.I. Schulman1, J.S. Waibel1, S.C. Davis1, E.V. Badiavas1
1University of Miami, Miami, FL
2US Army ISR, San Antonio, TX

Second Place

Skin Regeneration Using Dermal Substrates that Contain Autologous Cells and Silver Nanoparticles to Promote Bactericidal Activity - In vitro Studies
Michael Zieger, PhD1*,
Rahim Rahimi, MS2, Manuel Ochoa, MS2, Gonzalo Campana, MD1, Sunil Tholpady, MD, PhD1,
Rajiv Sood, MD1, Babak Ziaie, PhD2
1Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
2Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Third Place

Fleet Disease/Non-Battle Injuries and ICD-9 Diagnosis Code Matching in Theatre Medical Data
Chelsea Saia, MPH*,
​ina Luse, MPH
Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Portsmouth, VA

Honorable Mention

Antibiotic-Loaded Keratin Hydrogels as a First-line Therapy for Battlefield Burns
Daniel Roy, PhD1,2*,
Christine Kowalczewski, PhD1,2, Kameel Isaac, BS1, Luke Burnett, PhD2, Seth Tomblyn, PhD2,
Robert Christy, PhD1
1US Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, TX
2KeraNetics, LLC, Winston-Salem, NC

Global Health Engagement Missions: Lessons Learned Aboard U.S. Naval Hospital Ships-A Qualitative Analysis
SCDR Heather King, NC, USN, PhD, CRNA1*,
CAPT (ret.) Patricia Kelley, NC, USN, PhD, RN, FNP, GNP, FAANP2, CAPT (ret.) John Malone, MC, USN1, CAPT Christine Johnson, MC, USN1, CDR Gregg Montalto, MC, USN1, Monique Bouvier, RN, PNP1, Michael Coronado1
1Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA
2US Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research & Development, Washington, DC


Distinguished Service Award

John Parrish, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual

LTC Brett Freedman, MC, USA Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Intramural

CDR Jonathan Forsberg, MC, USN (Team Lead) Naval Medical Research Center
Team Members: Jonathan Forsberg, Benjamin Kyle Potter, Eric Elster, Tom Davis,
Nicole Crane, Dane Hope, Elizabeth Polfer, Keith Alfieri, Korboi Evans, Fred O’Brien

Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Team/Academic

M. David Rudd, PhD
University of Memphis (Team Lead)
Team members: M. David Rudd, PhD (University of Memphis) and Craig J. Bryan, PhD (University of Utah)

Young Investigator Competition

First Place

Lt Joseph D. Roderique, USN, MD
Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA

Evaluation of High-Dose Hydroxocobalamin and Ascorbic Acid as an Injectable Antidote
for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Second Place

Ms. Somayyeh Mossadegh, BM
Royal Air Force, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, United Kingdom

A Novel Anatomical and Physiological Scoring System for Military Pelvic
and Perineal Blast Injuries Shows Significantly Superior Predictive Outcomes
Than Current Scoring Systems; Injury Severity score-ISS, New ISS, Trauma ISS, Revised Trauma Score

Third Place

Ernesto Lopez, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Nebulized Epinephrine Limits Pulmonary Vascular Hyperpermeability to Water
and Proteins in Ovine Burn and Smoke Inhalation Injury

American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Region 13 Resident Presentations

Basic Science Category

CPT Jonathan J. Sexton, USA Administration of FTY720 During Tourniquet-Induced Hind Limb
Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury Attenuates Morbility and Mortality

Clinical Science Category

Capt Dylan Pannell, Canadian Forces

Factors Associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Amongst
Canadian Armed Forces Personnel Deployed to Afghanistan

Poster Competition

Gold/1st Place

Stem Cell-Derived Inner Ear Organoids for High-Content Drug Screening
Karl Koehler, PhD1 Xiao-Ping Liu, PhD2, Andrew Mikosz, BA1, Jeffrey Holt, PhD2, Eri Hashino, PhD1
1 Indiana University School of Medicine2 Harvard Medical School

Silver/2nd Place

Can Mathematical Models Help Diagnose Lower-airway Lung Diseases?

Bora Sul1, Anders Wallqvist1, Michael Morris2, Jaques Reifman1, Vineet Rakesh1*
Biotechnology HPC Software Applications Institute, Telemedicine & Adv Technology Research Center,
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, MD, USA
2 Department of Medicine, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX, USA


Inter-observer reliability of reporting of Injury Severity Scoring following combat trauma;
different perspectives, different values?
Iain M Smith, MB BChir, MSc, MRCSEd1,2,3, David N Naumann MB, BChir, MRCS1, Paul Guyver, FRCS4, Jonathan Bishop, PhD3, Jonathan B Lundy, MD5, Douglas M Bowley, MBBS, FRCS1
1 Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
2 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital
3NIHR Surgical Reconstruction & Microbiology Research Centre4
Institute of Naval Medicine
5 United States Army Institute of Surgical Research<

Honorable Mention

Investigation of the concussion mechanism:  An end-to-end model that translates
external measures to internal neurologic injury for head impact
Dr. Laurel Ng, Melissa Gibbons, PhD, Pi Phohomsiri, PhD, Vladislav Volman, PhD, Jianxia Cui, PhD, Darrell Swenson, PhD, David Shelley, PhD, Jessica Wong, MS, Kiran Mathews, MS, James Stuhmiller, PhD L-3/ATI

MHSRS-515< Blunt Impacts to the Back: Biomechanic and Injury Response for Model Development
Jason Forman, PhD1, John Paul Donlon1, Brandon Perry1, Kyvory Henderson1, David Lessley, PhD1,
Rob Salzar, PhD1, Tim Walilko, PhD2
1 University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics
2 Applied Research Associates

Changes in Barometric Pressure Alter Susceptibility to Central Nervous System Oxygen Toxicity

Heather E. Held, PhD1, Raffaele Pilla, PhD1, Csilla Ari, PhD1, Tina Fiorelli, PhD2, Carol S. Landon1, Jay B. Dean1
Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Hyperbaric Biomedical Research Laboratory, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 2 Molecular Medicine, Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Evaluation of Prehospital Pelvic Binder Usage in US Military Casualties with Pelvic Fractures
Col Chetan U. Kharod MD, MPH1, LTC Creighton C. Tubb, MD2 COL Kirby Gross, MD3, COL (ret) John F. Kragh, Jr, MD4

1 San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, Military EMS & Disaster Medicine Fellowship, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas; and Assistant Professor, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD2 San Antonio Military Medical Center, Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 3 U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Joint Trauma System, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX4 U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Damage Control Resuscitation, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX

Lumbar Spine Postures in Marines During Simulated Operational Conditions
David Berry2, Karen Kelly, PhD1, Ana Rodrigues-Soto2, Sara Gombatto, PhD3, Rebecca Jaworski, PhD1, Sam Ward, PT, PhD2

1Department of Warfighter Performance, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA
2 Departments of Radiology, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
3 San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Heat and Perspiration Management System for Prosthetics
Matthew Jorgensen, Josh Charest, Michael Leddy, Andrew Frazier

Johns Hopkins University

Delivering Oxygen in High Altitude Helicopter MEDEVAC Missions

Charles Paschal, Christine Wasner CTR, Nicolle Perez CTR, William Sovitsky, Brian Dacanay CTR, Henry Kobrinski PA-C

U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, Ft. Detrick, MD