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    WBAMC’s 2019 Research Day

    WBAMC’s 2019 Research Day

    Photo By Amabilia Payen | Military medical research posters were on display May 22, for William Beaumont Army...... read more read more



    Story by Amabilia Payen 

    William Beaumont Army Medical Center

    The Department of Clinical Investigation (DCI) at William Beaumont Army Medical Center held its annual Research Day at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, May 22.

    Research Day is an event where many medical residents and staff of WBAMC are afforded the opportunity to showcase their hard work in medical research regarding areas such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the effects of surgeries on ligaments and extremities, and cancer to name a few.

    Rear Adm. Mary C. Riggs, director of research and development, Defense Health Agency, was the special guest and speaker at this year's event. She discussed the importance of military medical research and how DHA is there to support them.

    "The Defense Health Agency is really looking to put the investigator and research efforts in the center of service," said Riggs. "All the processes that support researchers need to be simplified … to really continue to lead that cutting edge medical research efforts that the military has been known for."

    According to Riggs, research is critical to the advancements in medicine, and projects can translate to the civilian sector. Therefore military medical research benefits not only the warfighter but our nation as a whole.

    "I think that forums like these are absolutely critical," said Riggs. "I looked at some of the posters that were presented and the sophistication and the relevance of the research was at a high level and made me proud to wear the uniform. I was proud to see the wonderful work that these medical folks are doing. I am very thankful for their efforts and I am humbled to be in a position to help support their efforts."

    Every Research Day, the DCI gives awards for best podium presentation, best poster presentation, and researcher of the year for both staff and resident. This year, the best podium presentation went to Capt. Joshua Dilday for his topic on postoperative anastomotic leak after splenic flexure mobilization for colectomy. Best poster presentation went to Maj. Gary L. Helton for his topic on the association between shoe characteristics and running performance in U.S. Military Academy Cadets.

    Researcher of the year for staff went to Maj. John C. Dunn, orthopaedic surgeon, and for resident, Capt. Michael Polmear, an intern with orthopaedic surgery, won the title.

    "I'm very happy. It is something I did not expect to happen," said Polmear on receiving the award. "My main mentor is actually (Dunn) who also won, so we did a few things together."

    Polmear also echoed Riggs opinion about the importance of Research Day, claiming it is an opportunity for him and his colleagues to come together and present the work everyone has done.

    The mission of the DCI at WBAMC is to oversee research protocol development, approval, and execution. It provides the necessary physical resources and support staff sufficient to support the Human Research Protections Program, the AAALAC accredited Animal Care and Use Program, and the Basic Science Research Laboratory.



    Date Taken: 05.22.2019
    Date Posted: 06.07.2019 15:38
    Story ID: 326061
    Location: FORT BLISS, TX, US 

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