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    Tri-Service research efforts seek to meet DoD needs

    Tri-Service research efforts seek to meet DoD needs

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    Story by Megan Mudersbach 

    Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton

    The recent Tri-Service Toxicology Consortium (TSTC) provided another opportunity for civilian and uniformed members of the Air Force, Army and Navy to discuss strategic planning and share updates regarding the state of toxicology research in the Department of Defense (DoD). During the August 6-7 bi-annual meeting, scientists from each branch informed the group of their latest projects, participated in brainstorming sessions, and held discussions on current and future DoD needs. Researchers from Naval Medical Research Unit-Dayton’s (NAMRU-Dayton) Environmental Health Research Effects Laboratory (EHEL) attended to network with other service members and present updates on their own research.

    “TSTC always offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues and stay abreast of the latest developments in our field,” says Lt. Cmdr. Taj King, biochemist and Inhalation Toxicology Department Head. “It also allows great insights into the collaborative efforts we can pursue.”

    To give participants an idea of collaboration opportunities, EHEL Director, Dr. Karen Mumy, provided an overview of EHEL capabilities for the group. She also gave a presentation on behalf of EHEL research physiologist, Dr. Joyce Rohan, entitled, “Correlation of electrophysiological parameters with behavioral performance in an animal model using aluminum exposures”. The talk gave insight into the work Rohan’s team is doing to establish a correlation analysis between electrophysiological recordings and behavioral performance to assess the possibility of memory loss and other cognitive issues potentially faced by military personnel.

    Lt. Dan Xu, biochemist and Occupational and Environmental Health Department Head, also represented the command with a brief entitled, “Evaluating whether dermal contact with air pollution can contribute to the development of asthma”. The presentation highlighted the work cell biologist, Dr. David Wu, and other researchers are doing to understand the causes of increased respiratory complaints experienced by deployed service members.

    “This meeting definitely helps keep the community up-to-date,” says Lt. Cmdr. Matt Shipman, Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologist and Department Head of Technical Research and Support at EHEL. “With the variety of projects we’re all working on, it’s certainly useful to come together and get the lay of the land”.

    The next scheduled TSTC meeting is tentatively planned for February 2020, and NAMRU-Dayton hopes to continue to support and contribute to the group’s common goal of protecting human health and the environment for the DoD.



    Date Taken: 08.14.2019
    Date Posted: 08.14.2019 11:41
    Story ID: 335851
    Location: DAYTON, OH, US 

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