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

International State-of-the-Science Meeting On The Neurological Effects of Repeated Exposure to Military Occupational Blast: Implications for Prevention and Health

In addition to blast exposure during combat operations, Military personnel are also exposed to occupational blast, including low levels of explosive blast during training and other non-combat situations. Over the past decade, awareness of the potential health effects of exposure to explosive blast has increased. However, repeated exposure to low-level military occupational blast raises new questions regarding the potential impact on nervous system structure and function. Based on these concerns, the RAND Corporation, in support of the DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office, organized the 2017 International State-of-the-Science meeting on “The Neurological Effects of Repeated Exposure to Military Occupational Blast: Implications for Prevention and Health.” The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate a better understanding of the existing research and clinical findings, and identify knowledge gaps surrounding exposure to occupational levels of blast during training and other non-combat situations. The information gathered at this meeting will be used to inform future blast injury research priorities and facilitate the development of blast injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation strategies for the Service member. This meeting was held in Arlington, Virginia from 12-14 March 2018.

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Purpose and Meeting Objectives

  • Describe blast exposures that are repeatedly incurred during military service
  • Describe the research into the potential neurological consequences and mechanisms of repeated blast exposure
  • Examine strategies for preventing injuries due to repeated occupational blast
  • Identify indicators that may be used for early detection of health consequences of repeated exposure to blast
  • Prioritize key research and policy gaps related to repeated military occupational blast exposure and projects and initiatives to address them

Questions for Discussion

  • What is known about the occurrence of reported occupational blast exposure incurred during military service?
  • What is the scientific evidence related to potential neurological health effects of repeated occupational blast exposure?
  • What are the promising strategies for preventing potential neurological effects of repeated military occupational blast exposure?
  • What are the promising early detection indicators for potential neurological consequences of repeated military occupational blast exposure?

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Last modified: 10-Oct-2018