For the Researcher


Military Exercise

For the Researcher

Here at USU, we advance research and technologies that ensure the uncompromised performance of our troops, on and off the field. We invite fellow researchers to participate and collaborate in our ongoing mission to optimize human performance of our warriors. Located on the Bethesda Naval Medical Center Campus, we conduct interdisciplinary research using state-of-the-art facilities with a particular focus on the physiological challenges that pose a significant threat to our forces. Our laboratories are fully equipped to study thermal stress, exercise stress and adaptations, and the genetics associated with performance. Areas of research focus include:

  • Exertional rhabdomyolysis
  • Functional movement screening
  • Heat illness
  • Botulinum Toxin A and chronic lumbar pain relief
  • HPA axis and stress reactivity
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Ethnicity and Health Disparities
  • Malignant Hyperthermia
  • Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention

In the spirit of collaboration and to facilitate effective knowledge transfer, we have hosted workshops:

  • Food Allergies
  • Warrior Nutrition

Additionally, we have gathered leading experts to address the following issues that effects the Warrior:

  • DoD/ACSM Exertional Heat Illness Round Table Forum
  • Defining Total Force Fitness
  • DoD/ACSM Consensus Conference on Sickle Cell Trait
  • DoD/ACSM High Intensity Training Workshop and Performance Optimization Roundtable
  • DoD/ACSM/NASM Preventing Injury through Functional Movement Assessment: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and Where We Go From Here
  • DoD/ACSM Human Performance Optimization Metrics Conference

For further information regarding collaborative research and events, please contact: If you are a researcher in the field of human health and performance, we invite you to contact us.