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Symposium to explore broadening partnerships to spur medical advances for war injuries

ROCKVILLE, Md. (July 27, 2010)The USU-HJF Military Medicine Symposium will gather prominent civilian and military researchers and clinicians from across the United States to discuss current research and identify opportunities to collaborate and share information that could speed treatments to wounded warriors. The symposium also will bring together a broad spectrum of participants from military health leadership, federal agencies and private research institutions to philanthropists and charitable foundations, representatives of industry, and policymakers.

Co-hosted by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF), the symposium will be held Sept. 23 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Organized through HJF's Center for Public-Private Partnerships, the symposium encourages military-civilian collaboration as a means of expanding resources for the military medical system and of spurring advances in medical technology to benefit wounded, ill and injured servicemembers.

The 2010 symposium will be made up of three expert-discussion panels on regenerative medicine, suicide prevention and resilience, and civilian-military collaborations. The final panel will be comprised of a variety of prominent leaders in military medicine.

Regenerative Medicine

Opening speaker Army Colonel Robert Hale, D.D.S., chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at San Antonio Military Medical Center, will address the potential role regenerative medicine could play in treating wounded warriors with disabling cranial, jaw and facial injuries. Commissioned in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1977, Hale was called to active duty in 2003, serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Following Hale's presentation, a panel on regenerative medicine will feature experts from the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, USU's Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Suicide Prevention and Resilience

Army Lieutenant Colonel (P) Rebecca Porter will provide an overview of servicemember behavioral health care and treatment. Porter, recently appointed as director of behavioral health proponency in the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General, has experience with the Army's family programs policy and currently focuses on behavioral health policy.

The panel on suicide prevention and resilience will facilitate discussion among U.S. researchers and clinicians from the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center at Ft. Detrick, Md.; Restoration and Resilience Center at Fort Bliss, Texas; Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Department of Veterans Affairs; and the Red Sox Foundation.

Opportunities for Civilian-Military Collaboration

Lieutenant General Charles Green, M.D., and Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, M.D., surgeons general of the Air Force and Navy, respectively, and Major General Patricia Horoho, deputy surgeon general of the Army, along with an official from TRICARE Management Activity, and the medical officer of the U.S. Marine Corps and Joint Staff Surgeon, will address private-public partnerships as a means of bridging gaps in the military medical system.

Prior to assuming his current assignment, Green served as assistant surgeon general for health care operations and as deputy Air Force surgeon general. He also served as commander of three hospitals and Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, and as command surgeon for three major commands.

Among his most recent assignments, Robinson served as acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, clinical and program policy and deputy chief of Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery for support operations. In 2005, Robinson assumed duties as commander, Navy Medicine National Capital Area Region. He is the 36th surgeon general of the U.S. Navy.

Horoho served previously as commander, Western Regional Medical Command; commander, Madigan Army Medical Center; commander, Walter Reed Health Care System; and commander, DeWitt Health Care Network.

TriWest Heathcare Alliance, which administers the TRICARE program for servicemembers and their families in the 21-state West Region, will sponsor the symposium luncheon.

For more information on the symposium, visit


Contact: JoAnn C. Sperber
Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

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