The mission of USU is to support the readiness of America’s Warfighter and the health and well-being of the military community by educating and developing uniformed health professionals, scientists and leaders; by conducting cutting-edge, military-relevant research, and by providing operational support to units around the world.
Since our first graduating class in 1980, 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.
Department of Primary Appointment: Anatomy, Physiology & Genetics Position: USU Faculty Title: Associate Professor
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San Diego State College, 1963, 1965; University of Arizona, 1973
Regulation of Neuronal Excitability in the Amygdala Relevance to Epilepsy and Affective Disorders
Research in this laboratory is directed toward understanding the electrophysiology of the vascular smooth muscle membrane and its relation to the etiology of hypertension. In vivo and in vitro studies are carried out using animals with hypertension and their respective normotensive controls to better understand the role of smooth muscle electrophysiology in the development and maintenance of hypertension. In some experiments, animals are treated with antihypertensive agents to ameliorate the hypertension and the effects of these antihypertensive agents on the smooth muscle membrane are examined. Other areas of research include: 1) measurement of membrane potentials using a fiber optic system and voltage-sensitive dyes. 2) Measurement of electrophysiological and biophysical properties of cultured NG108 neuroblastoma cells. Several ionic currents in these cells are sensitive to the presence of chemical agents. We are currently characterizing these currents under various experimental conditions to determine if these electrophysiological changes may allow the cells to be used as biological sensors.