The mission of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is to educate, train and prepare uniformed services health professionals, officers and leaders to directly support the Military Health System, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States and the readiness of our Armed Forces.
Since our first graduating class in 1982, the USU's MDs. Nurses and graduates in biomedical sciences provide exceptional service through service in the U.S. Military and civilian careers of distinction. Today, America's Medical School has 691 enrolled students and 5,043 graduates. Over 1,300 graduates in Biomedical Sciences lead aggressive research in medical research. Today's 663 graduates of the School of Nursing blend science, research and field training in advanced practice and PhD degrees. The USU's Postgraduate Dental College provides advanced degree's to the military's dental community, graduating 72 students since establishment.
The University's research program covers a range of clinical and other topics important to both the military and public health. Infectious diseases, trauma medicine, health maintenance, and cancer are areas of particular strength. Researchers are also making important new efforts in state-of-the-art fields that cut across disciplines, such as genomics, proteomics, and drug-delivery mechanisms.
USU is home to many different Centers and Institutes, which help advance the university's research, education and public service missions. Faculty members and students collaborate with other leading experts at USU's Centers and Institutes on projects that push incredible boundaries across manifold disciplines of biomedical science. Their work is shaping military medicine and world health in many positive, powerful ways.
The USU's military unique curriculum is supported by military professions from all services who teach USU's military and civilian students. All military personnel are supported by the USU Brigade, the Brigade staff are managed by the Military Personnel Office.
AFRRI mission is to preserve the health and performance of U.S. military personnel and to protect humankind through research that advances understanding of the effects of ionizing radiation.
To these ends, the institute collaboratively researches the biological effects of ionizing radiation and provides medical training and emergency response to manage incidents related to radiation exposure.
Dr. Latour received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After receiving the US DOE Alexander Hollander Distinguished Post-doctoral Fellowship at Brookhaven National Laboratory, he became Director of Applied Science at Medical Advances with an appointment in Medical Physics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Latour was recruited to NINDS- DIR as a Staff Scientist in 2000 to help build the Section on Stroke Diagnostics and Therapeutics. The Section conducts clinical research at the Stroke Centers of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia, where the NINDS has placed stroke teams and MRI research facilities. Over the past three years, Dr. Latour has assembled a team to study civilians with acute head injury as part of the DOD funded CNRM and is currently the PI for the Acute Studies Core. His research interests focus on the use of MRI to better identify, classify, and treat acute stroke and brain injury.
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Brian Cox is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at USU. After training in Britain and serving as a faculty member in the University of London, he moved to Stanford University to join the Addiction Research Foundation before coming to USU. He has worked for many years on the pharmacology of opiate drugs, drug tolerance and dependence mechanisms, and on the roles of endogenous neuropeptides in the central nervous system. Dr. Cox is President-Elect of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
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Department of Primary Appointment: Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine Position: National Faculty Title: Director of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the NIH Clinical Center, Professor of Radiology at Johns Hopkins
Dr. David Bluemke is the Director of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the NIH Clinical Center and Professor of Radiology at Johns Hopkins. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago followed by radiology residency and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has published more than 300 scientific articles on advanced imaging techniques, and has led multiple multi-institutional imaging trials. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, a past member of the board of trustees for the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), a member American Heart Association Council on Radiology and Intervention, and the ACR Committee on Standards for Body MRI, and the ACR Committee on Standards and Accreditation for Magnetic Resonance.
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James G. Smirniotopoulos was appointed professor and chair of radiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in September 1995. He originally came to the university as an associate professor of radiology and nuclear medicine in 1992 and has since accepted subsequent posts as professor in the departments of neurology and biomedical informatics in 1996 and 2001 respectively. Before coming to USU, Dr. Smirniotopoulos was the chief of Neuroradiology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington D.C. Dr. Smirniotopoulos attended medical school and completed his residency and fellowship training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Medical Center in Washington D.C. From the onset, his research interests have been focused primarily on radiologic-pathologic correlation and the tumor biology and radiology of primary CNS neoplasms. He has authored or co-authored more than 25 book chapters and 75 peer-reviewed articles, including two studies on the efficacy of electronic teaching in medicine. Dr. Smirniotopoulos is the editor of the American College of Radiology Learning File and the chief editor of the MedPix™ Radiology Database and Teaching File.
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Dr. Butman completed an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Washington University School of Medicine in 1993, following undergraduate degrees in Applied Mathematics and Biology at Caltech in 1985. He completed residency at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in 1997 and fellowship in neuroradiology at the University of New Mexico in 1999. Dr. Butman received Board Certification in Diagnostic Radiology in 1997, and a CAQ in Neuroradiology in 2000. In 2000, Dr. Butman joined NIH's Radiology and Imaging Science Program where he has worked to optimize MRI neuroimaging protocols to the diverse patient populations encountered at the NIH. From this clinical material at the NIH, Dr. Butman has reported a number of unique phenomena including MRI imaging findings in West Vile Virus encephalitis, a pathognomonic MRI imaging sign in Fabry’s disease, and physiologic and pathophysiologic enhancement of the inner ear in a range of diseases. Dr. Butman is an associate investigator on over a dozen protocols at the NIH and as a principal investigator on two. Active research collaborations include advanced MRI in stroke, brain tumors, hearing loss and others. Dr. Butman is currently the co-PI of the Image Processing Core for CNRM.
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Dr. Pham is a graduate of George Washington University, where he earned a BS degree in electrical engineering. He also earned MSE and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He received both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at the National Institute on Aging, where he was honored with the Fellow's Award for Research Excellence. Before joining the CNRM and NIH, he was a Neuroradiology faculty member with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Pham retains adjunct appointments with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins University. He also holds an appointment with the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at USUHS. Dr. Pham is currently the co-PI of the Image Processing Core for CNRM. His research interests include image processing and computer vision with application to biomedical imaging.
NIH/CC, Diagnostic Radiology Department Building 10 Room B1N264B 10 Center Dr. Bethesda, MD 20814
Dr. Fann joined NINDS in 2002 as the Director of the Intramural IT and Bioinformatics Program overseeing the information technology support services and infrastructures as well as developing biomedical informatics research programs. He currently leads the development of an integrated information management system, Clinical Informatics and Management System (CIMS), for clinical and bioinformatics research as well as an intramural bioinformatics facility. He is also currently a co-PI of the Informatics Core of CNRM working on building the informatics infrastructure for the National Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI) Study, a collaborative project of the DoD and NIH. In addition, his bioinformatics group has been developing several database tools, such as Stem Cell Database and EvoPrinter, to catalyze the neuroscience research. His current research interests are computational biology, bioinformatics, clinical research informatics and applying information technology for advancing translational biomedical research.
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Dr. Scher received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2001 following a career in private industry as a computer scientist. She has been on the USUHS faculty since 2003 where she is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics. Dr. Scher is also an adjunct investigator at the NIH National Institute on Aging, Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Science. Her current research portfolio includes studies related to the late-life neurological consequences of migraine, the classification and epidemiology of posttraumatic headaches, and prognostic biomarkers for posttraumatic headaches and posttraumatic seizures in military populations. She is an associate editor for Cephalalgia and Pain Medicine and is a fellow of the American Headache Society and the American College of Epidemiology. She is also currently serving as the co-PI of the Informatics Core of CNRM.
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Dr. Sharon L. Juliano is a Professor of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics, Neuroscience, and Cell and Molecular Biology at USUHS in Bethesda, MD. She is currently the Acting Director of the Neuroscience Program at USU. Dr. Juliano received her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She also completed a Senior Fellowship (Poste Orange) in Creteil, France. Her scientific work centers on the development of the cerebral cortex and investigates the mechanisms of tangential and radial migration of neurons into their target sites. Dr. Juliano is active in the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), and organized workshops and courses in Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe. Dr. Juliano received the Flexnor Award for Outstanding Research, the Cajal Club Cortical Explorer Award, the Simpson Award (given by iiFAR), and the Distinguished Service Medal. She is the incoming Chair of Committee on Animals in Research of the Society for Neuroscience. She sits on several editorial boards, and participates in many advisory committees including those to the Institute of Medicine, the NIH, and IBRO.
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Dr. Perl received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his medical training at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He then completed postgraduate training in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology at Yale University, after which he served for two years as a pathologist in the U.S. Public Health Service, stationed at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. He later served on the faculty of the Brown University Medical School and then the University of Vermont College of Medicine. At the University of Vermont, he began working on Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurodegenerative disorders. In 1986, Dr. Perl joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where for 24 years he served as Director of the Neuropathology Division and Professor of Pathology, Psychiatry and Neurosciences. In 2010, Dr. Perl was joined the as a Professor in the Department of Pathology at the USUHS. As the director of the CNRM's Neuropathology Core, he has established a state-of-the-art neuropathology laboratory dedicated to research on the acute and long-term effects of traumatic brain injury among military personnel. He recently became involved in investigations on the long-term effects of repeated head trauma in former NFL football players and other athletes in collaboration with the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. Dr. Perl has won numerous awards for his research as well as his role as a medical educator.
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Dr. Chan received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH with a major in political science. He graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1990. Chan then completed postgraduate training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington. During his training he also obtained a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation science. Subsequently, he completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship, earned a master of public health degree at the University of Washington School of Public Health and was a Congressional Fellow for the Honorable Jim McDermott (Washington). From 1994 to 2006, Dr. Chan was on the faculty of the University of Washington's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and in electrodiagnostic medicine.
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Dr. French received his doctorate in clinical psychology, focused on assessment, from The George Washington University. He completed fellowships in clinical and experimental neuropsychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and in neuropsychology, focusing on TBI, at DVBIC at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He is currently the TBI service chief at the hospital and site director for DVBIC at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he oversees operations related to the identification and treatment of individuals with TBI. He serves or has served on a number of federal and DOD panels on issues in TBI, including the Army Surgeon General’s TBI Task Force. He is a frequent speaker on issues of TBI in the military. Dr. French is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at USUHS and the co-director of the CNRM's Phenotyping Core.
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Dr. Joseph McCabe is Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics, and a Professor in the Neuroscience and the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Programs at USU. He received his undergraduate training in psychology and biology at Rutgers College, an M.S. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from the City University of New York. Dr. McCabe spent 11 years at The Rockefeller University before his move to USU. His laboratory is interested in understanding the mechanisms of cell response to stress and in the development of pharmacological therapies that may reduce the functional consequences of brain injury.
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Dr. Roy is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Military Internal Medicine at USUHS, and Director of the Recruitment Core for CNRM. He is a graduate of Brown University and Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Roy completed his residency in internal medicine and his general medicine fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and retired as a Colonel after 24 years in the Army. He has twice served as president of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Roy is the principal investigator on multiple studies on war-related health, often using new brain imaging techniques and other cutting edge technologies such as virtual reality and smart phone applications. He has authored well over 100 publications including the books Physician’s Guide to Terrorist Attack and Novel Approaches to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
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Dr. Dardzinski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at USUHS and the PI of the CNRM's Translational Imaging Facility at USUHS. His areas of expertise include development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques and optimization of other imaging modalities to improve understanding of disease processes such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, and musculoskeletal disorders. He joined USUHS from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he focused on musculoskeletal research and whole-body imaging in children. Dr. Dardzinski received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1994 where he employed nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to evaluate stroke and tissue oxygenation in animal models via diffusion and fluorine imaging, respectively, under the mentorship of the late Dr. Chris Sotak. He conducted his fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University at Hershey, where he collaborated with Dr. Timothy Mosher to develop “T2 mapping”, a measure of early cartilage disruption that is now widely used in musculoskeletal research and practice. He then joined the faculty at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for over a decade, where for the last two years he was named Scientific Director of the Imaging Research Center in Radiology, overseeing all imaging research activities within the hospital, with an academic appointment of Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Dardzinski joined Merck in 2007 as Senior Director/Research Fellow, leading a wide variety of imaging efforts across a broad range of therapeutic areas with the goal of developing novel biomarkers for prediction of outcomes in clinical trials, and for discovery of new drug targets.
Dr. Dardzinski has authored over 75 peer-reviewed publications, presented numerous invited talks, and has served on the Scientific Program and Governance Committees of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). He has further served on several NIH grant committees, abstract review committees, doctoral committees, and internal grant and investigational review boards.
Dr. Dardzinski’s research interests focus on the utility of quantitative imaging for biomarker development in disease diagnosis and for the monitoring of therapeutic efficacy in pre-clinical to clinical translational research and drug development.
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