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DR. JONATHAN WOODSON NAMED TO DOD HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS

11/21/2016

Bethesda, MD –Jonathan Woodson, M.D., former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, has been appointed by the Secretary of Defense to serve as a member of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) Board of Regents. USU is the nation’s only federal health sciences university, located in Bethesda, Maryland, adjacent to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

USU Preventive Medicine Chair Boris Lushniak to serve as Dean of University of Maryland School of Public Health

10/06/2016

Bethesda, MD – Dr. Boris D. Lushniak, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (PMB) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), will be leaving the university in November to become dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park. Dr. Lushniak will officially assume his new role on Jan. 9, 2017.

Ursano to retire as Uniformed Services University Psychiatry Department Chair

10/05/2016

Bethesda, MD – World renowned psychiatrist Dr. Robert J. Ursano announced he will retire as chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) after more than 24 years in the position. Ursano will remain as the director of USU’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS).

Nearly one-half of service members with overweight/obesity report weight stigma

10/03/2016

Bethesda, MD – Weight discrimination is a major issue in our society and in the U.S. military, service members are not immune to it. According to a new study published Sept. 26 in the APA journal, Stigma and Health, nearly 50 percent of service members who are overweight or obese have experienced it.

Healthcare leaders recommend restructuring health care system to better serve needs of U.S. throughout 21st century

09/26/2016

Bethesda, MD – To keep up with the evolving needs of our nation’s health and health care system, a series of papers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Sept. 26 recommends restructuring the U.S. health care system in ways that will support more efficient, targeted health care delivery.

Scientists protect mice from gamma radiation with deinococcus elixir

08/11/2016

Bethesda, MD – They call it "Conan the Bacterium," and now it may be used to help save lives in the event of a nuclear disaster or terrorist attack.

DoD’s Deployment Psychology Center Celebrates 10th Year

08/10/2016

Bethesda, MD -- More than 40,000 behavioral health providers across the country have been trained in aspects of military psychology by experts at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) over the past decade to help address chronic pain, depression, substance abuse, suicide, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and other issues affecting some of the more than 2 million U.S. service members who deployed in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Dr. Thomas Kirsch to Lead National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

07/28/2016

Bethesda, MD – Dr. Thomas Kirsch, former director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, has been selected as the next director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences following a nationwide search. The announcement was made July 28, 2016, by USU President Dr. Richard Thomas.

Thomas Officially Sworn in as Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences President

07/25/2016

Bethesda, MD – Richard W. Thomas, MD, DDS, was officially sworn in as the sixth President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in a small ceremony on the University campus today.

Nursing Students Learn Public Health, Zombie Style

07/01/2016

Bethesda, Md. – A course at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is teaching students global health care delivery in a unique way that’s sure to be a “thriller.”

USU Awarded Grant from Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

06/15/2016

Bethesda, Md. – As part of the national effort to address the shortage of nursing faculty and the number of advanced practice nurses providing direct patient care, the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare has awarded a $70,000 grant to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences to advance the scholarly work of two individual Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD) and five individual Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students in the university’s Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing.

‘Invisible Wounds of War’ Now Visible

06/09/2016

Major Breakthrough: New Defense Health Program-funded Study Published in Lancet Neurology Identifies Biological Changes in Brains due to Blast Traumatic Brain Injury

Improved Diagnostic Criteria Needed for Individuals Suffering From Complicated Grief

05/24/2016

Bethesda, Md. – To better identify and diagnose those suffering from debilitating grief after the death of a loved one, proposed diagnostic criteria need significant modifications, according to research published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry – the first study of its kind to study the performance of newly proposed criteria.

Serving Those Who Serve, More Than 360 Uniformed Medical Professionals Graduate From USU

05/20/2016

Bethesda, Md. – More than 360 uniformed professionals and their guests will receive their long-deserved medical, graduate nursing, dental and biomedical science, public health and clinical psychology degrees on May 21 – Armed Forces Day – at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) 37th commencement exercise at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Gen. Paxton to Speak at USU Commencement on Armed Forces Day

05/20/2016

Bethesda, Md. – Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. John M. Paxton, Jr., will address more than 360 uniformed professionals and their guests on May 21 as they receive their long-deserved medical, graduate nursing, dental and biomedical science, public health and clinical psychology degrees from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).

Former DoD Assistant Secretary for Health Jonathan Woodson to deliver USU Research Days Presidential Lecture

05/13/2016

Bethesda, Md. – The Honorable (Dr.) Jonathan Woodson, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, will address a number of interdisciplinary researchers, medical students, faculty and staff as he delivers the Presidential Lecture at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) annual Research Days on May 19.

Residual Inflammation, Abnormal Blood Coagulation Place Individuals with HIV at Increased Risk for Non-AIDS Diseases

05/12/2016

Bethesda, Md. – With more than 36.9 million people infected globally, HIV continues to be a major public health issue. Those living with the virus are at an increased risk for other non-AIDS diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and though it’s not entirely clear why, this has been associated with inflammation and abnormal blood clotting. A new study – the largest of its kind – involving researchers from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), published recently in PLOS ONE, provides direct evidence that altered coagulation caused by the HIV virus, which can be related to inflammation, is not fully halted by HIV treatment and is associated with increased risk of non-AIDS diseases.

Symposium to Highlight Innovation, Research in Disaster Medicine and Public Health

04/18/2016

Bethesda, Md. – Dr. David Marcozzi, associate professor and director of Population Health in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address at the “Innovations for Tomorrow” symposium, Sept. 8, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).

Researchers Find Lack of Racial Disparities for Insured Military Patients

04/12/2016

Bethesda, Md. – Racial disparities are not present among military members and their dependents, a testament to the equality that exists in the armed services, according to a recent longitudinal analysis published by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) online in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Threat of Climate Change Found to Be Key Psychological and Emotional Stressor USU Doctors Contribute to White House Report on Impacts of Global Climate Change

04/05/2016

Bethesda, Md. – Climate change is a significant threat to the health of Americans, creating unprecedented health problems in areas where they might not have previously occurred, according to a report released April 4 by the White House.

Mild TBI Linked to Eye Movement Impairment

03/21/2016

Bethesda, Md. – Mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) could be linked to eye movement impairment, even beyond the acute stage of injury, according to researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). These findings, released online in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, indicate a potentially more effective way to identify long-term chronic effects on those with mild TBI.

Military Medical School First to Incorporate Joint Pain Education Program Into Curriculum DVCIPM-developed program stresses non-drug solutions, non-opioid drugs when pharmacological supplementation is needed

03/20/2016

Bethesda, Md. – Prescription opioid abuse and a nationwide heroin epidemic are claiming the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. To help address this problem in addition to supporting our service members who may struggle with prescription misuse associated with chronic pain, the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) has implemented a new pain management curriculum – the first medical school in the nation to do so.

Mobile app, interactive web-based tool launched to educate service members on unsafe dietary supplements

11/18/2015

Bethesda, MD – A new mobile application and interactive web-based tool have been launched to help military troops identify unsafe dietary supplements that may jeopardize their health or career.

Dr. J. Stephen Dumler to Chair Pathology Department at Military Medical School Position aligns academic and service work at USU, Walter Reed-Bethesda, and Joint Pathology Center

11/06/2015

Bethesda, MD – J. Stephen Dumler, MD, has been selected to chair the Department of Pathology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ (USU) F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, “America’s Medical School,” effective in January 2016.

USU Alumnus Rear Admiral (Dr.) David Lane to Direct Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

11/05/2015

Bethesda, MD – Rear Adm. (Dr.) David Lane, a 1991 graduate of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, has been named as the next director of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, made the announcement on Monday.  

Uniformed Services University, Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center Awarded $4.5 Million to Study Environmental Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

10/09/2015

Bethesda, MD – The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health today announced the award of $4.5 million to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center to study the impact of environmental metal and metalloid exposures on mammographic breast density, a marker of breast cancer.

New Curriculum Highlights Care Considerations for Seniors during a Disaster

09/21/2015

Bethesda, MD – America’s senior citizens often face unique challenges during disasters. The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has just released its newest resource for health educators and trainers, “Caring for Older Adults in Disasters: A Curriculum for Health Professionals,” to address these issues.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences President Charles L. Rice Announces Retirement

08/13/2015

Bethesda, MD – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) President Dr. Charles L. Rice announced that he will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, concluding his 11th year as president.

Researchers identify model to predict successful wound healing

07/27/2015

Bethesda, Md -- Battlefield surgeons and civilian physicians could have a powerful new tool to help patients recover from traumatic injuries, including life-threatening wounds from explosions.

Uniformed Services University and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Launch Collaborative Health Initiative Research Program

07/27/2015

Bethesda, Md – 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 Health.

USU Alumnus, Army Doctor Completes Astronaut Training

07/24/2015

Bethesda, MD – 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.

Risk Factors for Army Suicide Attempts in Iraq, Afghanistan Identified Enlisted Soldiers in First Tour of Duty at Greatest Risk

07/08/2015

Bethesda, Md -- Risk factors for regular Army suicide attempts by enlisted soldiers and officers in Iraq and Afghanistan have been identified, and socio-demographic factors, length of service, deployment history, and the presence and recency of a mental health diagnosis are among the primary predictors, according to a study published July 8 in JAMA Psychiatry. Enlisted Army service members in their second month of service were at greatest risk for attempting suicide.

Recruits show lower immunity levels to measles, mumps, rubella; Study recommends improvements in immunization screenings

07/07/2015

Bethesda, Md -- The percentage of U.S. Air Force recruits with detectable immunity to measles, mumps and rubella was lower than found in previous nationwide samples and may be low enough for outbreaks to occur, according to a study, "Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Titers in Air Force Recruits: Below Herd Immunity Thresholds?" released July 7, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Yvonne Maddox to Lead Uniformed Services University Research Program

06/26/2015

Bethesda, Md -- Charles L. Rice, M.D., president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, announced the selection of Yvonne T. Maddox, Ph.D., former acting director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health, effective June 15, 2015.

Howard University Dental School Dean Leo Rouse Named to USU Board of Regents

06/18/2015

Bethesda, Md--Leo Rouse, D.D.S., F.A.C.D., dean of Howard University’s College of Dentistry, was recently confirmed by the Secretary of Defense as the newest member of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences governing board. Rouse’s appointment was effective May 15, 2015.

Uniformed Services University, Voices of September 11th, CRCVC Partner for Terrorism Bereavement Study

06/04/2015

Bethesda, MD –Terrorist attacks were responsible for the deaths of more than 2,977 individuals killed on Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pa., and 329 individuals (268 of them Canadian citizens) who lost their lives in the Air India Flight 182 bombing off the west coast of Ireland in 1985. Both attacks remain the worst acts of terrorism in the history of their respective countries.

Thomas Schneid Named Executive Dean for Uniformed Services University Postgraduate Dental College

05/22/2015

Bethesda, Md – Retired Air Force dentist Thomas R. Schneid, DMD, was named as the new Executive Dean of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) Postgraduate Dental College. USU President Charles L. Rice, M.D., made the announcement following a nationwide search.

346 Graduate from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences on Armed Forces Day

05/15/2015

Bethesda, Md – Medical students, advanced practice nurses, military dentists, and scientists, clinical psychologists, and public health professionals will move from student to alumni status on Saturday, May 16 – Armed Forces Day – as they receive their degrees at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) 36th commencement exercise at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins to Speak at Uniformed Services University ‘Research Days’ Event will showcase military health sciences research

05/11/2015

Bethesda, MD – National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins will deliver the Presidential lecture during the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) annual Research Days symposium, May 12-13. More than 300 basic and clinical scientists and students will also present their scholarly works during the two-day event held on the university’s Bethesda, Md., campus.

Female children of service members more vulnerable to eating disorders, obesity than civilians

05/08/2015

Bethesda, Md (May 8, 2015) – Adolescent female military dependents may be at higher risk than civilians for eating disorders and associated problems, according to a study released today in the online version of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. The study, “Comparison of Overweight and Obese Military-Dependent and Civilian Adolescent Girls with Loss-of-Control Eating,” gives insight into the additional vulnerabilities of adolescent female military dependents and shows that they reported more disordered eating and depression than civilians.

Center for Deployment Psychology-Led Program Cited as Model for Mental Health Legislation

05/04/2015

Bethesda, Md  Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly introduced legislation recently to improve mental health services for veterans, and is citing a program that uses content developed at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and speakers from the University’s Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) as the model for future endeavors.

Human clinical trials begin for deadly Hendra virus therapy; Antibody developed in U.S. Federal labs

05/04/2015

Bethesda, Md – The world’s first human clinical trials for a treatment against Hendra virus, a rare but deadly viral disease, have just begun in Australia, using a human monoclonal antibody discovered by Federal scientists at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Md.

Clinical Decision tools in electronic medical records can reduce childhood radiation exposure

05/01/2015

Bethesda, Md. – Childhood exposure to ionizing radiation increases lifetime malignancy risk, but a team of researchers has found that with just a little bit of education, the risk can be significantly reduced. Currently, up to 40 percent of computed tomography, or CT, scans are ordered (for everyone) unnecessarily. The study, “Point-of-care estimated radiation exposure and imaging guidelines can reduce pediatric radiation burden,” appears in the May 1, 2015, issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

‘Amazing Race’-Like Challenge Used to Teach Military Medical Students Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication Skills

03/23/2015

Bethesda, MD – Sixteen teams of uniformed medical students will go head-to-head to determine who wins the “Gunpowder Challenge” adventure race at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, part of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The challenge is part of a two-day medical field practicum to help third-year medical students develop team-based military/medical leadership and communication skills, March 26-27.

Troops Who Don’t Pass the Smell Test Likely Have Traumatic Brain Injury

03/20/2015

Bethesda, MD – Decreased ability to identify specific odors can predict abnormal neuroimaging results in blast-injured troops, according to a new study by Federal researchers released online in the journal Neurology, March 18, 2015.

USU Alumna, Former White House Physician Named to “MyVA” Advisory Committee

03/16/2015

Bethesda, Md. — Former White House Physician and a 1981 graduate of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), Eleanor “Connie” Mariano, M.D., has been named as one of 14 members of the newly-formed Department of Veterans Affairs “MyVA” Advisory Committee (MVAC).

What fuels our Warriors? New database offers nutrition facts for military combat rations

03/04/2015

Bethesda, MD – The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) Human Performance Resource Center (HPRC), working in conjunction with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center and the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass., has launched the Combat Rations Database, or ComRaD (http://hprc-online.org/comrad/) which provides nutritional information on individual combat ration meals and their food components. This interactive website features standard nutrition facts, including calories, fat, vitamins and minerals of the MRE, First Strike Ration® (FSR), and Meal, Cold Weather/Long Range Patrol (MCW/LRP), from their most recent production years.

CDC Director Tom Frieden to Deliver 2015 Packard Award Lecture

02/24/2015

Bethesda, MD – Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present “Ebola: Past, Present and Future” when he delivers the 2015 David Packard Award Lecture at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

USU Researchers to support NIAID in US-Liberia Ebola Clinical Trial Partnership Initial study will evaluate experimental drug cocktail ZMapp

02/24/2015

Bethesda, MD -- A new clinical trial to obtain safety and efficacy data on the investigational drug, ZMapp, as a treatment for the Ebola virus, was launched today by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in partnership with the Liberian government. Scientists from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) will play a role in the evaluation.

USU to Host 10th Annual Amydala, Stress and PTSD Conference: ‘Of Mice and Man’Conference to focus on biological basis of stress, fear and post-traumatic stress disorder

02/23/2015

Bethesda, MD –Clinical and basic science experts from around the world will convene for the 10th Annual Amygdala, Stress and PTSD Conference, sponsored by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, in collaboration with the USU Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, the USU Neuroscience Program, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, Apr. 21.

Uniformed Services University Alumni and Faculty Earn Top Air Force Medical Awards

02/13/2015

Bethesda, Md. — Faculty and alumni from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences topped the list of recently announced Air Force Medical Service award recipients in the areas of education, research, clinical care and leadership.

National Capital Simulation Consortium Awarded Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation

02/10/2015

Bethesda, Md. —The National Capital Simulation Consortium, including the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), was granted 5-year accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The accreditation is for the Consortium’s Assessment, Research, Teaching/Education, System Integration and Patient Safety programs. This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to the Consortium, which includes USU, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

National Capital Simulation Consortium Earns American College of Surgeons Accreditation

02/10/2015

BETHESDA, Md.— The National Capital Simulation Consortium, including the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, has been reaccredited as a Comprehensive Accredited Education Institute (AEI) by the American College of Surgeons.

Shiga toxin Rapid Diagnostic Assay Earns USU-HJF Third Consecutive Tech Transfer Award

01/27/2015

Bethesda, Md. — A joint effort by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) to license assays that allow for the rapid detection of Shiga toxin has received the 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. This marks the third consecutive award for the University, which is aided in its technology transfer efforts by HJF through the USU-HJF Joint Office of Technology Transfer.

Dr. Carol Romano named Dean for Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing

01/16/2015

Bethesda, Md – Former Chief Nurse Officer for the United States Public Health Service Carol Romano, Ph.D., R.N., B.C., N.E.A., F.A.A.N., F.A.C.M.I., was recently selected as the new Dean of the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She succeeds Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw, who retired in August 2014.

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