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

Looking Ahead

The Department of Defense (DoD) Blast Injury Research Coordinating Office (BIRCO) continues to support the responsibilities of the DoD Executive Agent (EA) for Blast Injury Research by fostering collaboration and information sharing between research communities, promoting partnerships, disseminating critical information, and shaping future research priorities to fill knowledge gaps across the entire spectrum of blast injury research.

Looking ahead

Planned initiatives for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and beyond...

  • Chair the DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordination Board with representatives from DoD stakeholder organizations to foster collaboration and communication among stakeholders and provide strategic direction and oversight for medical research efforts required to support the DoD EA objectives in DoDD 6025.21E. Read more...
  • Continue chairing the DoD Computational Modeling of Human Lethality, Injury, and Impairment from Blast-related Threats Working Group to coordinate development of a "virtual Soldier" that can accelerate fielding of blast injury protection for Service Members. Read more...
  • Coordinate Auditory Subject Matter Expert Panel deliberations of the Blast Injury Prevention Standards Recommendation (BIPSR) Process review of candidate standards for preventing auditory injuries. Update the prioritization for the remaining nine blast injury types that will undergo BIPSR Process review. Read more...
  • Continue chairing the ten-nation NATO Human Factors and Medicine (HFM)-270 Technical Team to develop a framework for modeling and simulation of human lethality, injury, and impairment from blast-related threats. Read more...
  • Coordinate with Japan National Defense Medical College to organize the 2018 Japan-US Technical Information Exchange Forum on Blast Injury (JUFBI) to share, understand, and collaborate to improve prevention, clinical diagnosis, and treatment of blast injuries and to explore feasibility of developing a formal DoD-Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) Project Arrangement. Read more...
  • Shape future blast injury research priorities and inform policy decisions by organizing an International State-of-the-Science Meeting on a high-priority blast injury topic selected by the DoD Blast Injury Research Program stakeholder communities. Read more...
  • Initiate candidate topics to help solve complex blast injury problems by leveraging the innovative talents of our nation's small technology companies through the DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. Current topics managed by the BIRCO and funded through the Army STTR and Defense Health Agency (DHA) SBIR programs include:
    • Biomechanical Surrogate to Validate Primary Blast Loading Conditions for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) – Design a concept to measure biomechanical loading experienced by experimental animals to enable cross-correlation of results across different test conditions and research groups
    • Warrior Health Avatar – Demonstrate a simulation framework and physiology based modeling tools of a warfighter body to enable health status assessment, physical and physiological performance
    • A Human Body Model for Computational Assessment of Blast Injury and Protection – Design and demonstrate anatomically consistent, articulated human body model for computational assessment of blast injury loads, body responses, casualty estimation, and personal protective equipment
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  • Continue the collaborative US-India Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) project to understand blast- and blunt-related mTBI for developing effective personal protective equipment designed to prevent or mitigate mTBI, tools for rapidly screening and diagnosing Service members involved in potentially concussive events, and effective therapies for treating and rehabilitating mTBI. Read more...
Last modified: 18-Jun-2019