In March 2018, the Seventh Annual International State-of-the Science (SoS) Meeting continued the legacy of this unique meeting series leveraging the expertise of outstanding scientists, engineers, and clinicians to identify knowledge gaps and inform future research needed to close the gaps in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of blast injury.
There has been growing concern about the risk of subconcussive neurological injuries that service members face after repeated, low-level blasts during training and in combat. To examine this risk, the current evidence base, and potentially promising methods and tools for prevention and detection, the Department of Defense held its Seventh State-of-the-Science Meeting in March 2018. The meeting featured findings from a scientific literature review, panel discussions, presentations by researchers in the field, a poster session, and working groups chaired by expert panelists that assessed the state of the science and put forward recommendations regarding policy and strategy guidance and future research directions. Experts in the field concluded that a much stronger evidence base is needed to identify the frequency of exposure, occupation-specific risk factors, appropriate exposure thresholds, potential neurological consequences, and approaches to prevent and detect injuries in service members after repeated exposure to low-level blasts. Read more
There has been very little research on the frequency and effects of low-level occupational blast exposure in military populations
There is a need for more research into promising tools for preventing and detecting neurological damage from low-level blast exposure
Meeting Recommendations can be found on the RAND Corporation website.
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