On November 7-9, 2017, the PCO participated in the fourth in-person meeting of the Human Factors and Medicine-270 (HFM-270) Research Task Group (RTG) Technical Team, at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in Rijswijk, Netherlands. The objective of the HFM-270 (RTG), "Framework for Modeling and Simulation of Human Lethality, Injury, and Impairment from Blast-Related Threats," is to develop a framework that integrates existing computational models and guides the development of future ones to predict human lethality, injury, impairment, and long-term health effects across the spectrum of blast-related threats. The Technical Team comprises 22 members from ten nations and Mr. Leggieri, Director, DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office (PCO) serves as the chair.
The purpose of the fourth HFM-270 (RTG) meeting was to continue to assess existing computational models. During the meeting the Technical Team briefed the RTG on their assessment of existing computational models and modeling capabilities in their respective nations. On the second day computational modeling subject matter experts from the Netherlands gave a series of presentations, which were followed by a discussion of the planned systematic literature review led by the German members. This review will focus on all computational models related to blast and include both medical and non-medical literature from 1980 to September 2017. On the third day, the members engaged in an in-depth discussion of next steps in developing the computational modeling framework. During the next several meetings, the Technical Team will continue to assess existing computational models and their suitability for inclusion in the framework. The impact of HFM-270 (RTG) will be a roadmap for a human blast effects computational modeling capability that will support the rapid development and fielding of improved strategies to prevent, mitigate, and treat blast injuries.
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