Breakout Session Description

MHSRS 2020 Focus Area
Warfighter Medical Readiness
Breakout Session Topic Area Session Description
Development of New Front Line Therapies to Prevent & Treat Endemic Viral Diseases Infectious Disease Prevention & Treatment Abstracts should address: (1) Non vaccine approaches to prevent viral diseases, (2) New treatment approaches for viral diseases, or (3) Mitigation strategies to prevent spread /exposure to viral diseases
Updates in Deployment-Related Bacterial Diarrhea Prevention for the Battlefield Infectious Disease Prevention & Treatment Abstracts should address: (1) Studies describing the epidemiology as well as acute & chronic impacts of travelers' diarrhea, focusing on military populations, (2) Non-vaccine approaches to prevent travelers' diarrhea, or (3) Approaches for treatment of travelers' diarrhea.
Detecting the Next Threats: Technological Advances for Field Pathogen Identification Infectious Disease Prevention & Treatment Fielded pathogen detection continues to be a gap & many laboratories have adopted strategies to get expedited answers. This session aims to provide overviews of currently fielded technologies, gaps, & potential solutions to the detection of new & emerging infectious disease threats. Abstracts submitted to this session should address (1) State of the Science for fielded pathogen detection to include new DNA/RNA or protein based technologies, (2) Challenges to pathogen detection to include data management/ interpretation, database availability, & potential solutions for these challenges, or (3) Technologies for detecting emerging infectious diseases.
Antimicrobial Development to Counter Wound Infections in Military Personnel Infectious Disease Prevention & Treatment Combat wound infections due to drug-resistant or multidrug-resistant organisms are on the rise in deployed military personnel. The focus of this session is on research leading to the development of: (1) Rapid diagnostics, novel preventive & treatment strategies for combat wound infections & complications with multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens, (2) Strategies & technologies to diagnose, predict & prevent sepsis in a prolonged field care environment, or (3) Novel approaches to counter the threat of antibiotic-resistance through alternative treatment strategies & development of novel therapeutics.
Protecting the Globally Deployed Force: Neglected Gaps in Tropical Diseases Infectious Disease Prevention & Treatment Abstracts submitted to this session should discuss (1) Epidemiology of tropical diseases (TD) among U.S. Forces, (2) Gaps that the military should uniquely fill for TD prevention, diagnosis, or treatment, or (3) Chronic TD consequences.
Predicting & Managing Suicide Risk & Related Conditions Psychological Health & Resilience Abstracts should address: (1) Prediction &/or management of suicide risk & its impact on deployment readiness, (2) Importance of considering co-occurring mental health or physical health conditions, or (3) Strategies to optimize care for suicide-related issues among Warfighters.
Far Forward Military Behavioral Health Innovations Psychological Health & Resilience Abstracts should address behavioral health services research with Military populations. Submissions should describe investigations of novel tools, trainings, or other systemic interventions designed to improve the efficiency & effectiveness of the delivery of behavioral health care in the military.
Biopsychosocial Readiness Optimization & Enhancement Psychological Health & Resilience Abstracts should address topics related to Biobehavioral Health, specifically: (1) Integration of biological, behavioral, psychological, social-cultural, & environmental sciences to optimize human performance &/or health outcomes (2)Utilization of novel research methods &/or techniques in Biobehavioral research, (3) Various evidence-based initiatives & research efforts addressing Biobehavioral Health issues in both deployed & in-garrison military Service members to promote psychological & cognitive readiness or (4) Applicable universal upstream prevention & health promotion approaches that maximize & enhance resilience & performance of Service members, small teams, & leaders.
Military Family Frameworks for Readiness & Resilience Psychological Health & Resilience This session invites topics related to Military family frameworks, specifically the (1) Readiness & resilience of the military family system, & how this contributes to warfighter well-being & readiness across the military life cycle (& into the next generation), (2) Adaptive & maladaptive factors that contribute to the readiness & resilience of the military family system (including the Warfighter), & how positive outcomes can be supported, or (3) Prevention & intervention programs in development or testing which can aid in increasing the resilience & readiness of the military family system.
Digital Phenotyping for Screening of Behavioral Health Risks Psychological Health & Resilience Abstracts should address advances in digital data collection (e.g., active or passive data from smartphone) for the moment-by-moment quantification of an individual phenotype related to psychological health. Phenotyping research that identifies, validates, &/or field tests digital markers to aid in screening or diagnosis of Behavioral Health risks or conditions is the focus. Submissions should describe technology readiness level of existing phenotype data & technology used, methods of data analysis, & populations assessed (e.g., Active Duty, veterans, civilians, healthy vs. illness population, etc.).
Early Research in Total Exposure Health Occupational & Environmental Exposures Total Exposure Health is an initiative to infuse the emerging technologies of the "Internet of Things" & Big Data Analytics to rapidly advance & personalize occupational & environmental health protection. Abstracts should address new approaches to health protection that focuses on the ability to sense & understand various occupational, environmental & lifestyle health risks on an individualized basis, subjects may include: (1) Expanding exposure assessment & biomonitoring through individual sensors on the internet of things, (2) Correlating genetics to environmental risk, (3) Operational decision making process related to health risk prediction, or (4) Mechanistic modeling of biologic systems to further risk prediction.
Combating Long-Term Respiratory Consequences of Airborne Hazards on the Battlefield Occupational & Environmental Exposures Abstracts should address at least one of the following: (1) Studies of respiratory dysfunction among Military members, especially during deployment, (2) Research related to risk identification, screening, early recognition, &/or diagnosis of pulmonary disease associated with respiratory exposure to airborne hazards such as burn pit admissions, smoke, dust, debris, metals, microplastics, radiation, noxious fumes, etc., (3) Investigation of respiratory protective measures against airborne hazards, particularly during deployment.
Improved Occupational & Environmental Exposure Monitoring Occupational & Environmental Exposures Abstracts should address: (1) Emerging methods for conducting surveillance (exposure monitoring) of occupational & environmental threats particularly in the multi-domain operational environment (e.g., heat, hypobaria, airborne hazards), (2) Methods for assessing & mitigating the effects of occupational & environmental exposures on operational performance & readiness, (3) Evaluations of the effectiveness of methods for assessing, preventing, &/or mitigating short-term & long-term health effects of occupational & environmental exposures to Service members in the operational & training environments.
MHSRS 2020 Focus Area
Expeditionary Medicine
Breakout Session Topic Area Session Description
The Current State & Future of Operational Telemedicine Operational Telemedicine Abstracts should address the current state of operational virtual health & its limitations on the future battlefield as well as results of recently completed telemedicine projects or preliminary findings of ongoing projects that seek to overcome the challenges faces by telemedicine on the future battlefield.
Improving Preclinical Models of TBI Traumatic Brain Injury Acute Diagnostics & Treatment This session will inform the audience of fundamental principles to design successful preclinical therapeutic trials as it relates to drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, safety assessment & targeted drug delivery while understanding the pharmacological challenges associated with translating beneficial effects between different animal models & humans.
Acute Interventions for Battlefield TBI Traumatic Brain Injury Acute Diagnostics & Treatment The purpose of this session is to highlight novel treatment & management capabilities to be used in the prehospital environment. Specifically, the abstracts submitted should describe one of the following capabilities: (1) Prevent or mitigate the progression of secondary brain injury, (2) Monitor response to intervention; maintain, preserve brain function, (3) Stabilize acute TBI casualties, (4) Improve the capability of first responders to perform triage on injured Service Members, or (5) Improve outcomes.
TBI Biomarkers: Diagnostic & Prognostic Indicators Traumatic Brain Injury Acute Diagnostics & Treatment The purpose of this session is to highlight research findings/developments focused on military relevant neurotrauma, specifically focusing on diagnostic & prognostic indicators/technologies for traumatic brain injury (TBI) of all severities. Specifically, the abstracts submitted should describe diagnostic strategies/technologies aimed at sub phenotyping different TBI injuries using one (or more) of the following: (1) fluid-based biomarkers, (2) neuroimaging biomarkers, or (3) neurological assessments. Abstracts should address such indicators/technologies, the usability of these indicators/technologies, & the clinical interpretation of technology-based performance assessments for TBI diagnostics.
Improving Neurosensory Function after TBI Traumatic Brain Injury Acute Diagnostics & Treatment Abstracts should address: (1) Epidemiology of military-related TBI-associated vision, hearing, or vestibular (neurosensory) dysfunction, (2) Preclinical & clinical research advancing neurosensory diagnostics & treatments, or (3) Validating clinical assessments for detecting deficits & evaluating rehabilitation strategies.
Pain Management for the Warfighter Pain Management Abstracts should include: (1) Pain management strategies for patients without access or with limited access to skilled providers & resources on the battlefield & under prolonged care conditions, (2) Complementary or integrative health treatment modality's effect on pain outcomes such as quality of life, reduction in pain intensity, reduction in analgesics or healthcare utilization, physical activity level, & recovery time & on other outcomes such as patient satisfaction, provider satisfaction, or cost-effectiveness, (3) Complementary or integrative health treatment modality's impact on wartime readiness, or (4) Evidence-based strategies for how to tailor pain management along the continuum from acute to chronic pain at all roles of care.
En route Care Innovation - Increasing Effectiveness of En Route Combat Casualty Care Enroute Care Abstracts should address the: (1) Capture & characterization of en route care environments, (2) Impact of patient movement on patient conditions & outcomes, or (3) Influence of movement platforms on provider performance.
En route Care Innovation - Material Solutions Supporting Enabling Care En Route Enroute Care Abstracts should address: (1) Adapting existing commercial technologies for en route Care application, (2) Medical technologies serving as force-multipliers for the en route Care mission, or (3) Advancing the en route Care medical technology to meet the future military medical needs.
Computational Modeling of Human Effects due to Low- Level Blast Exposure Blast-related Injuries - Prevention, Mitigation & Treatment Abstracts submitted to this session should address any of the following topics: (1) Computational methods to capture low level blast shockwave interaction with the human body & military environments, (2) Computational modeling of injury prediction related to low-level exposure of blast, or (3) Computational modeling of how mitigation strategies reduce exposure & potential injuries.
Brain Health & Cognitive Performance Effects Resulting from Blast Exposures in the Training Environment Blast-related Injuries - Prevention, Mitigation & Treatment Abstracts submitted to this session should address any of the following topics: (1) Investigation of single & repetitive, low-level, sub-concussive blast exposure effects (acute, sub-acute, & long term) on Warfighter brain health performance as measured by cognitive, psychological, &/or functional factors, (2) Delineation of the potential acute, sub-acute, & long-term health effects Warfighters may experience as a result of repetitive, low-level, sub-concussive blast exposure in terms of self-reported health problems, medical diagnoses, & healthcare utilization, or (3) Identification of biological correlates such as blood-based biomarkers, neuroimaging, & neurosensory functioning that may be associated with health effects resulting from repetitive, low-level, sub-concussive blast overpressure exposure in the training environment.
Caring for Traumatic Soft Tissue & Orthopedic Injury Austere Environments Blast-related Injuries - Prevention, Mitigation & Treatment This session will focus on innovative technologies to treat traumatic soft tissue & orthopedic injuries related to extremity trauma injuries. Areas of interest include novel technologies & therapeutic solutions to stabilize soft tissue & orthopedic injuries, prevent secondary injuries, & maintain tissue viability in austere environments, particularly when evacuation to higher levels of care is delayed or unavailable.
Managing Multi-Organ Dysfunction in Austere Environments Forward Surgical Care/Prolonged Care This session will focus on disruptive technologies that mitigate multi-organ failure. Areas of specific interest include novel technologies that will diagnose, treat, & prevent respiratory, renal, & liver failure in austere environments. Abstracts should articulate how research outcomes would improve casualty care, specifically when evacuation is delayed or unavailable, or in resource limited environments.
Advances in Prolonged Care Forward Surgical Care/Prolonged Care The purpose of this session is to present innovative preclinical & clinical research to enable critical care & casualty management capabilities to be moved closer to the point of need to decrease mortality & morbidity during prolonged care scenarios. Prolonged care is inclusive of prehospital field care, austere/resource limited environments, littoral & sea based operations, & in theatre hospital environments where patients may be held prior to evacuation beyond doctrinal timelines. Areas of interest include novel technologies for damage control & combat surgical care in a forward environment, solutions to prevent & treat secondary injury & acute treatment sequelae, prolonged casualty management, & minimizing the logistical burden associated with prolonged care capabilities to enable their use far forward. Abstracts should articulate how research outcomes would improve casualty care, specifically when evacuation is delayed or unavailable, or in resource limited environments
Point of Injury Care: From Bench to Battlefield Forward Surgical Care/Prolonged Care Abstracts should address preclinical (animal) & clinical research addressing life-saving interventions on the battlefield. Work should reflect research addressing solutions that a combat medic or other first responder can provide during tactical combat casualty care at or close to the point of injury (i.e., within 60 minutes of injury, before moving into prolonged field care situations). Work should include such topics as triage, acute pain management, hemorrhage control, airway management, resuscitation, & extremity trauma.
Medical Simulation for Operations & Far Forward Patient Care in Future Multi-Domain Operations Forward Surgical Care/Prolonged Care This session explores use of medical simulation during combat operations. The use of simulation in actual go-to-war military medical operations & in-theater patient care missions has the potential to increase medical capabilities for providers across the Military Health System with the potential to focus & shorten research, development, test & evaluation efforts & to integrate end user feedback into the design before software or platform development begins.
Planning Early for Deployablility & Supportability Forward Surgical Care/Prolonged Care This topic supports operations during Prolonged Field Care. Abstracts submitted for this topic should address any of the following topics: (1) Medical device maintenance requirements, (2) Challenges with energy sources in the field (battery, voltage, durable cords), (3) Lengthy storage challenges to be ready when needed, (4) Planning for training both Service maintainers & operators, (5) Challenges of maintenance in the field especially in prolonged care scenario, (6) Continued procurability & affordability throughout the lifecycle, or (7) Survivability in the field.
Blood & Blood Products for the Treatment of Coagulopathy & Hemorrhagic Shock Hemorrhage Control/Blood Products This session will focus on innovative blood products & storage techniques to extend the shelf-life of blood & provide treatments to mitigate hemorrhage &/or hemorrhagic shock.
Life Saving Interventions for Hemorrhage Control Hemorrhage Control/Blood Products Abstracts should address animal & human laboratory research that addresses gaps in early life-saving interventions on the battlefield for hemorrhage control. This should include technologies that control bleeding in the prehospital environment.
Advances in Burn Wound Management to Improve Capability During Prolonged Care Burn Injury This session presents preclinical & clinical research aimed at closing gaps in burn wound management near the point of injury, potentially under prolonged care scenarios. The session will focus on development of interventions for use at Role of Care 1-2, while studies of technologies/ methodologies initially practicable for use at Role of Care 3 that may be optimized for use farther forward will also be considered. Areas of interest include: field deployable acute therapeutic to prevent progression of superficial partial thickness & deep partial-thickness thermal burns; advanced technology to provide barrier function; field deployable, non-surgical methodologies for topical, automated burn wound debridement; CPGs/best practices for burn wound care in prolonged care; CPGs/best practices for field deployable burn resuscitation technologies; electronic decision support to enable & optimize enteral burn resuscitation, & to increase burn patient treatment capacity; advanced resuscitation protocols optimized for use in prolonged field care scenarios.
Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Autonomous Systems - Enhancing Casualty Care on Tomorrow's Battlefield Medical Artificial Intelligence/Decision Making Artificial Intelligence is the "brain" which is required to produce intelligent systems support & integrated robotic & autonomous medical devices, platforms, & Systems of Systems. This session will discuss how artificial intelligence, robotics & autonomous systems will revolutionize casualty care on tomorrow's battlefield by creating human-machine teams as well as the future data sets, algorithms, & architectures that are needed to develop them.
MHSRS 2020 Focus Area
Warfighter Performance
Breakout Session Topic Area Session Description
Personnel Form, Fit & Function Human Performance Optimization This session will focus on supporting the Force of the Future with human-capital research into mission effectiveness & Warfighter retainability. Abstracts should address: (1) research into identification of task-unique traits, (2) Screening techniques for trait-based matching of personnel to tasks, (3) methodologies for supplementing performance given individual traits (training, equipment, health interventions, etc.).
Advances in Nutrition & Microbiome for Support in Military Operations Human Performance Optimization Abstracts should address nutrition &/or microbiome considerations for sustainment of Service members health & performance.
Management of Sleep & Fatigue for Maximization of Warfighter Operational Readiness Human Performance Optimization Abstracts should address: (1) Approaches to managing fatigue that incorporate new technologies or strategies for managing fatigue risk, (2) Neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying recuperation during sleep, (3) Mechanism-based methods to augment sleep's recuperative value, or (4) Operationally-relevant cognitive assessment tools.
Managing Physiologic Events in Military Aviation Human Performance Optimization Physiological Episodes (PEs) in Military Aircraft are a rapidly growing challenge to our Military’s health & readiness. The past five years have witnessed a four-fold increase in PEs in some tactical aircraft fleets, & have resulted in groundings of entire aircraft Fleets, including the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor Fleet in 2011 & the Navy’s T-45C training Fleet. Numerous studies suggest that the etiology of PEs involves a complex interplay between human physiology & aircraft design. Abstracts for this session should focus on: (1) Epidemiological studies that address one or more factors leading to PE in aircraft, (2) Novel approaches for detecting environmental factors contributing to Pes, (3) Novel approaches for detecting the physiological, cognitive or behavioral impact of PEs on aviators, or (4) Mitigation strategies for managing PEs in-flight & design recommendations for preventing PEs.
Combating Complexity in the Aviation Domain Human Performance Optimization Advances in military aviation platforms present new & unanticipated healthcare challenges for the Service members who operate them. The performance envelopes of these fifth-generation systems may far exceed tolerances of unaided human capabilities, leading to physiological & cognitive performance deficits. Similarly, the complex interplay of the numerous aviation systems & subsystems may combine to produce unintended consequences, disrupting situation awareness & increasing risk & mishap potential. This session seeks abstracts that address individual & team health, safety & performance optimization in the aviation domain, to include human: machine teaming, training considerations, measures of effectiveness, remaining challenges, & mitigation strategies.
Neuromodulation for Enhancement of Warfighter Performance Human Performance Optimization Abstracts submitted to this session should address any of the following topics: (1) Methods of neuromodulation (e.g., electrical stimulation, light therapy, auditory stimulation, etc.) with intent of enhancing Warfighter performance, (2) Methods of neuromodulation for clinical applications, (3) Barriers to implementation of neuromodulation, (4) Mechanistic understanding of neuromodulation, or (5) Future directions for neuromodulation research.
Wearable Sensors for Human Monitoring Human Performance Optimization Abstracts should address: (1) Sensors &/or emerging capabilities for assessing health status of Service Members exposed to environmental threats particularly in the operational environment (e.g., heat, cold, hypobaria, chemical exposure; load carriage; noise), (2) Algorithms for mitigating the effects of environmental exposures on operational performance & readiness, or (3) Actionable information determined from sensors or suites of sensor data assessing the effects of environmental exposures on operational performance & readiness.
Enhancing Human Performance & Survivability in Extreme Environments Occupational & Environmental Exposures Performance in Extreme Environments Abstracts should address environmental challenges to human performance that may include; (1) Novel understanding of the physiological challenges associated with environmental extremes, (2) Novel interventions supported by basic & applied research initiatives, (3) New findings related to hyperbaric, heat, cold, terrestrial altitude or subterranean exposure, or (4) Human & animal research studies that may demonstrate expanded operational performance under environmental challenges.
Prevention & Reduction of Musculoskeletal Injury in Initial Entry Training: Identification of Risk Prediction Metrics Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Abstracts submitted to this session should address any of the following topics: (1) Novel study designs to address multiple factors impacting injury risk in initial entry training (basic combat training recruits), (2) Risk &/or protective factors that impact bone/muscle health in trainees, or (3) Risk &/or protective factors that impact injury rates & Service attrition among trainees.
MHSRS 2020 Focus Area
Return-to-Duty
Breakout Session Topic Area Session Description
Sensory Combat Injuries: Innovative Diagnostic & Treatment Strategies for Hearing & Vision Sensory Systems Treatment The session will focus on research that addresses: (1) Epidemiology of military-related sensory (hearing or vision) loss/dysfunction, (2) Preclinical & clinical research advancing sensory diagnostics & treatments to preserve or restore function, (3) Medical treatment of tinnitus & hearing loss (e.g., cell regeneration & pharmacological interventions), (4) Preclinical & clinical research advancing sensory trauma treatment feasible in operational environments & perspectives that address: a) Current & anticipated sensory systems injuries epidemiology, b) Current & anticipated impact on readiness, performance & return to duty, c) treatment needs, research opportunities, & strategies to prepare for the future war, or d) resource constraints both of supplies & medical expertise.
Musculoskeletal Injury Treatment: From Warfighter Readiness & Return to Duty to Definitive Care & Quality of Life Neuromusculoskeletal Injury Treatment Musculoskeletal injuries are the leading reason for medical non-deployability & severely affect Warfighter Readiness & Return to Duty. Additionally, limb trauma & amputation is a signature injury of the recent conflicts. Abstracts should address: (1) Advances in management & treatment strategies for Warfighters with musculoskeletal & neuromusculoskeletal injuries with emphasis on return to duty & military readiness, (2) Innovations in rehabilitation treatment strategies, orthotic & prosthetic technologies, & other areas concerned with optimizing function, participation, & quality of life for Service Members with limb trauma & amputation, or (3) Identification, prevention & treatment of musculoskeletal & neuromusculoskeletal injury risk factors & comorbid disorders.
Advancing Regenerative Medicine for Military Applications: Moving from Structure to Function Neuromusculoskeletal Injury Treatment Abstracts should address regenerative medicine products that provide innovative & effective solutions to any of the following topics: (1) Epidemiology of military - related neuromusculoskeletal injuries, (2) Regenerative medicine solutions for functional restoration of neuromusculoskeletal injuries, (3) Vascularization &/or innervation of tissues, functional whole systems approaches, & advanced solutions for functional regeneration of complex traumatic injuries, (4) Therapeutic treatment windows of regenerative interventions. The products should have a clear pathway to commercialization & may be at all stages of development.
Standardization of Care after mild Traumatic Brain Injury Traumatic Brain Injury - Post Injury Management Guidelines for the assessment, evaluation & management of mild Traumatic brain Injury (mTBI) are rapidly evolving, mTBI remains highly relevant in the Military Health System with over 400,000 Service Members (SM) diagnosed with TBI since 2000. A standardized assessment & timely return to duty after mTBI is vital to a ready force. However, returning too early can lead to safety concerns for the SM & their unit & an increased risk for secondary injury. Advancement in objective, Military & Service-specific methods for mTBI symptom assessment & evaluation of readiness for duty are a priority. Abstracts submitted should address recent developments focused on standardized mTBI assessment & management, Military Operational Specialty specific readiness evaluations (i.e., cognitive & physical) & related emerging technology, & ongoing & future research considerations.
MHSRS 2020 Focus Area
Additional Sessions
Breakout Session Topic Area Session Description
Artificial Intelligence: Harnessing the Potential to Deliver Medical & Healthcare Capabilities   Recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are enabling new capabilities & services previously unimagined. The future of AI-infused healthcare envisions breakthroughs in diagnosis & early detection of disease, new insights into complex biological systems, neuroprosthetics, & robot-assisted interventions. The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) recently established its Health Mission Initiative (HMI) to fund AI capabilities in mission-critical areas like Electronic Medical Record Data Mining, Medical Imaging Analysis, Suicide Prevention, Point of Injury Support, & Automated Patient Evacuation. This special session will begin with invited discussions to provide insight into the JAIC HMI's objectives & opportunities for collaboration, followed by abstract-driven presentations in topic areas including: Personalized diagnostics & medicine, pharmaceutical development, predicative healthcare, autonomous patient evacuation, robot-assisted procedures, education & training & biofabrication.
Biomedical Manufacturing For Warfighter Regenerative Medicine Needs   Abstracts should address (identify problems/propose solutions for): (1) Specific manufacturing issues that impact therapeutic development & commercialization; (2) Technologies that can address manufacturing gaps in the following areas: Raw Materials (e.g., Cells, Biomaterials, Reagents), Equipment & Software (e.g. Sensors, Bioreactors), Automation, Measurement & Data Management (e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Analytical techniques), Preservation, Transport & Storage, Processes & Quality Systems,; (3) Development of Quality by Design processes for identification & validation of Critical Quality Attributes & the Critical Process Parameters that influence them. Application areas include: Forward Surgical Care/Prolonged Care, Hemorrhage Control/Blood Products, Burn Injury, Blast-related Injuries, Neuromusculoskeletal Injury Treatment.
DoD & VA Research on Military Exposures & Veteran Health Outcomes   Abstracts submitted to this session should address ongoing or completed research efforts undertaken by DoD & VA that monitor health of current & former Service members: (1) mechanics of interagency collaboration to understand the effects of military service on Service members & Veterans, (2) Presentation of methodologies for studying military related environmental exposures & health, (3) Studies of psychological health & behavioral risk factors supporting DoD-VA suicide prevention efforts, or (4) Effects of military & deployment experiences in early adulthood on development of disease following separation.
Health in the Space Mission: Translating Current R&D into Relevance for the Future Battlespace   With the recent creation of the Space Force, knowledge of the medical implications of performing missions in Space is needed. This session will address factors unique to the Space environment & their impact on the operational health of the Warfighter. Abstracts should address: (1) potential physiological impact of unique environmental factors on patient care, (2) emerging technology supportive of healthcare in Space, or (3) research that informs planning for future medical missions in Space.
Leveraging Biotechnology to Improve Warfighter Readiness & Lethality   Biotechnology promises to provide military medicine the advantage necessary for cost-effective detection of early stage disease, facilitate speedy recovery & potentially treat conditions previously thought to be untreatable, by making it easier to transform biology solutions into fieldable healthcare solutions. The DoD recently underscored the importance that biotechnology breakthroughs play in improving warfighter readiness & lethality by identifying it as one of its top five “Modernization Areas.” This session seeks abstracts that focus on cutting edge biotechnology capabilities & applications, including but not limited to: Cellular & molecular biology concepts & tools; Bio-fabrication, Synthetic Biology, Imaging, Wearable Sensors, Artificial Intelligence in informing biotechnology solutions; & examples of the successful transformation of these capabilities & applications into solutions that enhance warfighter readiness & lethality.
Maritime, Air & Ground Superiority & Traumatic Injuries Caused by Directed Energy Technology   Abstracts should address: (1) Diagnosis of directed energy injuries, (2) Treatment of directed energy injuries, or (3) Potential treatment & mitigation options to be used in shipboard setting for directed energy injuries.
Precision Medicine Research in a Large Military Health System: Optimizing Warfighter Healthcare & Readiness   Submissions for this session will address: (1) Genomic sequencing in day-to-day military medicine (consent, sample collection, sequencing, interpretation, report generation, report disclosure, follow up care), (2) Personalized health assessment & bioinformatic tools, (3) Evidence-based personalized treatment plans to improve military health, care, readiness, & return to duty, or (4) Proper handling of genomic data in the Military Health System setting.
The Central Role of Dental Readiness in Military Operations Abstracts should address: (1) Impact of dental care upon force readiness & deployability, (2) Oral conditions, procedures, & therapies with significant health & performance ramifications, (3) Frequency & classification of in-theater dental emergencies, with associated care & return-to-duty considerations/metrics, or (4) Treatment & stabilization dental & maxillofacial conditions/injuries in a deployed environment.
Treatment of Alcohol & Opioid Use Disorders Abstracts should present data from research studies in treatment of alcohol use disorder &/or opioid use disorder including data driven strategies & techniques used to promote health & recovery; medication assisted treatments; &/or comparative or additive studies of both. May include (1) Public health perspective (overall data trends in service use), (2) Research informed perspectives from the workforce & challenges to implementing the intervention in a treatment or deployed settings, (3) Policy approaches supported by data to improve the voluntary seeking of & engagement in services by Active Duty Service Member, or (4) Findings from studies of overarching challenges, barriers & solutions of patient experiences including benefits perceived, recovery achieved &/or stigma experienced.
Updates on Military Women's Health Abstracts should address the following key areas of interest: (1) Health topics with a sex- or gender-difference analysis that impact deployment readiness & performance of military personnel, (2) Treating chronic health conditions that return women to duty, &/or (3) Improved obstetric & postpartum care for Active Duty Women.
Using Global Health Engagement in Support of the Warfighter Global health engagement (GHE) is a tool of security cooperation & GHE research consists of programs & questions that involve interactions with our international partners. Abstracts should address defining these types of engagements & how they assist in facilitating Warfighter/Service member readiness, how they build capacity (whether U.S. or partner nation), & how they are measured for effectiveness.