The Uniformed Services at USU

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Uniformed Services University (USU) is currently one of only four facilities in the United States that actively tests for the Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) syndrome. The other three facilities are University of California at Davis, University of Minnesota and Wake Forest. According to Dr. John Capacchione director of the Malignant Hyperthermia Testing Center in USU's Department of Anesthesiology, MH is an inherited life-threating pharmacogenetic disorder triggered in susceptible patients by certain anesthetic medications.

Neil E. Grunberg, Ph.D., director of leadership research and development and a professor in the department of Military and Emergency Medicine (MEM) at USU, graduated with the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program during a ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, July 9, 2015. President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton spoke at the graduation. Grunberg began the PLS program, Feb.

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Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Andrew “Drew” Morgan has officially joined the ranks of Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Buzz Aldrin as one of America’s newest astronauts. Morgan, a 2002 Doctor of Medicine graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and 1998 West Point alumnus, was selected for the space program in 2013 and recently completed the rigorous two-year NASA astronaut candidate training program along with seven other military and civilian candidates.  


Battlefield surgeons and civilian physicians could have a powerful new tool to help patients recover from traumatic injuries, including life-threatening wounds from explosions. By studying blood and tissue samples from patients, a team of military and civilian researchers have identified a model to predict the chances for successful wound healing in individual patients. These predictions could help surgeons make critical, time-sensitive decisions, such as when to close a wound. Both premature and late closing can lead to serious complications for the patient.

Research on the causes, prevention, mitigation and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases, and sleep disorders –all of which affect the readiness of the uniformed services and the health of military families – is the impetus for a new partnership between the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of The Collaborative Health Initiative Research Program, or CHIRP, is headed by Director and principal investigator Harvey B.

Retired Army Col. (Dr.) Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier will receive the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2015 Director’s Award for his contributions to pain management. Buckenmaier, director of USU’s Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management and a member of the National Pain Strategy Group, will receive the award from NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., at the annual Director’s Award Ceremony, Sept. 24, at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH.