US Department of Defense
BLAST INJURY RESEARCH PROGRAM
COORDINATING OFFICE
Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

Initiatives


The DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office (PCO) has numerous ongoing initiatives running concurrently:

Injury Prevention Standards

Injury Prevention Standards

The Military Health System (MHS) Blast Injury Prevention Standards Recommendation (BIPSR) Process is the DoD's first unbiased, inclusive, stakeholder-driven process designed to identify and assess the suitability and applicability of existing candidate standards and to recommend standards that meet DoD Stakeholder needs with a suitable level of validity, rigor, precision, and confidence. The BIPSR Process seeks to ensure that the DoD uses the best available, scientifically sound, and biomedically-valid standards that will protect our Service Members from blast injuries.

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SoS Meetings

SoS Meetings

The annual International State-of-the-Science (SoS) Meeting Series is a unique forum that leverages the expertise of scientists, engineers, and clinicians within specific blast injury topics to identify knowledge gaps and formulate recommendations to inform future blast injury research priorities and facilitate the development of blast injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation strategies for the Service Member.

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Annual Reports

Annual Reports

This DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office (POC) prepares an annual report to the DoD Executive Agent (EA) for Medical Research for Prevention, Mitigation, and Treatment of Blast Injuries which describes accomplishments from across the network of DoD organizations and partners who are engaged in medical and nonmedical blast-related research.

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International Collaborations

International Collaborations

In support of the Executive Agent responsibility to promote collaboration on blast injury research topics, the Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office actively engages international stakeholder communities. Specific initiatives include collaborations with Japan, Israel, and India as well as the office's active participation in several North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Human Factors and Medicine (HFM) Research Task Groups (RTGs).

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Participation in Research Collaboration Meetings

Participation in Research Collaboration Meetings

The Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office participates in various local, national, and international research collaboration meetings, supporting the EA responsibilities to promote information sharing, disseminate blast injury research information, and facilitate collaboration across the DoD, academia, and industry. The events calendar lists past and future research collaboration meetings attended by this office or plans to attend.

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DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordination Board

DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordination Board

The DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordination Board consists of representatives from all DoD stakeholder organizations and serves as the venue for identifying blast injury research needs and sharing plans for future blast injury research.

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DoD Working Group on Computational Modeling

DoD Working Group on Computational Modeling

The objective of the DoD Working Group on Computational Modeling of Human Lethality, Injury, and Impairment from Blast-related Threats is to encourage collaboration and facilitate cooperative RDT&E programs across the DoD related to human injury models of Service members. With stakeholder organizations from across the DoD and other government agencies, this Working Group will help to coalesce fragmented and disparate human modeling and simulation programs and projects to create a coordinated and cohesive DoD effort that will enable a new capability for modeling and simulation across the entire spectrum of blast threat environments.

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Historical Blast Data Recovery and Knowledge Base

Historical Blast Data Recovery and Knowledge Base

This initiative seeks to preserve and disseminate DoD historical blast bioeffects research data collected over 40 years at the Albuquerque Blast Test Site on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The goal of this effort is to provide broad access to the considerable wealth of DoD historical data and findings on the biological effects of blast from past studies so that program managers, researchers, and medical decision makers can solve current and future problems with a minimum of duplication and a maximum of efficiency.

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SBIR/STTR Awards

SBIR/STTR Awards

The DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs harness the innovative talents and entrepreneurial energies of our nation's small technology companies for US military and economic strength. The POC participates by developing candidate topics for Phase I solicitations in the US Army or Defense Health Agency (DHA) SBIR/STTR Programs. Successful proposals funded for these topics are managed by the PCO.

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Last modified: 08-Nov-2017