Eleven OHSU scientists presented to enthusiastic colleagues at the 2014 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 18-21 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This unique scientific conference, known for its interdisciplinary subject matter and networking opportunities, is the Department of Defense’s major research meeting to address the medical needs of warfighters. Scientists from academia, industry, and three branches of the military, as well as military clinicians, program heads, and other officials, gather to discuss the latest findings in “military-unique” research. Topics range widely, including research that addresses the direct results of combat, such as traumatic brain injury diagnosis, hemorrhage control, wound treatment, and rehabilitation, to new developments in regenerative medicine and vaccines to occupational health concerns such as fitness, sleep, and balance. All the research at this conference, however, strives to improve the health and well-being of those in military service.
In 2013, senior vice president for research Dan Dorsa initiated a program to defray the travel costs for OHSU researchers whose projects are accepted for poster or podium presentations. It’s an opportunity for OHSU faculty to network with scientists from across the world with the eventual goal of fostering productive long-term collaborations and relationships. Last year’s attendees have gone on to form new research collaborations, become peer reviewers for DoD programs, and apply for new funding. This year, presenters included Martin Schreiber, M.D., division chief of Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Surgery in the School of Medicine Department of Surgery; a new faculty member from that division, David Zonies, M.D., associate professor; and two residents from the same division, Nicole Gordon, M.D., and Alexis Moren, M.D.; Kenton Gregory, M.D., director of the OHSU Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Cynthia Gregory, Ph.D., senior scientist at the OHSU Center for Regenerative Medicine and research scientist at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Matthew Butler, Ph.D., assistant scientist, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences; Laurie King, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Medicine Department of Neurology; Paul Cordo, Ph.D., professor, School of Medicine Department of Bioengineering; Kerry Kuehl, M.D., Dr.P.H., professor of medicine and co-director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the School of Medicine Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine; and Kathleen Carlson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and core investigator, PVAMC.
Interested in attending next year? OHSU’s Research Funding and Development Services will be sponsoring a workshop later this academic year to talk about DoD funding in general and this conference in particular.