In support of the Executive Agent's responsibility to collaborate with other nations to address blast injury issues of importance to the DoD, on December 20-22, 2016 the PCO coordinated an on-site visit of a delegation from the Japanese National Defense Medical College (NDMC), a component of the Japan Self-Defense Force, as part of the ongoing Japan-US Technical Information Exchange Forum on Blast Injury (JUFBI). On December 20, the Japanese delegation visited Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), Silver Spring, Maryland and presented their work on the use of laser-induced shock waves to study blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI), on the use of reflectance spectroscopy to visualize neurovascular functions of the brain, and the development of a novel mouse model for studying blast-induced traumatic brain injury. Representatives from WRAIR presented their work on characterizing human blast exposure in an operational environment and simulating blast in the laboratory using shock tubes and the Advanced Blast Simulator (ABS). On December 22, the Japanese delegation visited the Center for Injury BioMechanics, Materials and Medicine (CIBM3) located at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, New Jersey. The Japanese delegation briefed CIBM3 representatives about ongoing research projects and learned how CIBM3 uses a multidisciplinary team of biomedical engineers, neuroscientists, and clinicians to understand how blast and blunt forces cause concussions and TBIs. Following this information exchange, CIBM3 and the Japanese delegation discussed collaborative activities and future projects.
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