Navy Medical Research Center

Naval Medical Research Center


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Program Dates: TBD

Mission: To conduct research, development, tests and evaluations to enhance the health, safety and readiness of Navy and Marine Corps personnel in the effective performance of peacetime and contingency missions, and to perform such other functions or tasks as may be directed by higher authority.

The NMRC is composed of a number of Directorates:

Infectious Diseases Research Directorate

The Infectious Diseases Research Directorate (IDD) conducts research on diseases that are considered to be significant threats to our deployed sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen. Significant are infectious diseases that have the potential to incapacitate a large number of deployed forces over a short time period thus hindering the ability of the warfighters to accomplish their mission. The geographical distribution of a disease; the lack of an effective vaccine, treatment or other control measures; the mode of transmission; and the historical impact during past wars are all factors that determine the importance of a disease to the US military.

Malaria Research Department: The primary objective of the Navy's malaria program is to develop vaccines that prevent malaria infection in military personnel.

Enteric Diseases Department: Research in the Enteric Diseases Department is focused on development of vaccines to prevent illness caused by Campylobacter and diarrheagenic E. coli.

Viral Diseases Department: Research efforts concerned with the development of an efficacious vaccine against dengue fever (an acute viral disease that is widely distributed throughout the tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world).

Rickettsial Diseases Department: Along with an entire series of rickettsiae, efforts focus primarily on Scrub Typhus, a disease of major military importance.

Infectious Disease Threat Assessment Department: The purpose of this research effort is twofold: 1) the systematic acquisition and assessment of infectious disease risk data from research projects and from collaborations with Navy CONUS and OCONUS medical treatment and research facilities for use in operational planning and research prioritization; and, 2) the development of prevention and control, diagnostic, and treatment strategies for infectious disease threats worldwide.

Biological Defense Research Directorate

The Biological Defense Research Directorate (BDRD) explores basic and applied microbiological, immunological and related scientific research methodologies for the development of medical diagnostics. Research personnel have designed, developed, and tested a broad variety of methodologies, which have allowed for swift and accurate disease diagnosis essential for substantive medical protection and readiness of Navy and Marine Corps personnel.

In addition, researchers have been instrumental in the advancement and refinement of confirmatory diagnostic methods utilizing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methodologies in tandem with innovative, state of the art biosensor technologies.

Combat Casualty Care Directorate

The Combat Casualty Care Directorate (CCC) conducts basic and applied research aimed at understanding and developing interventions (prophylactics, therapeutics, guidances, devices, etc) that will improve the care of casualties or potential casualties sustained in combat and/or exposure to extreme environmental stressors of interest to the Navy and Marine Corps. The Directorate is subdivided into three Departments: (1) Resuscitative Medicine, (2) Diving & Environmental Physiology, and (3) Radiation and Combat Injury Repair.

Resuscitative Medicine: The Resuscitative Medicine Department conducts research on a variety of topics pertinent to the resuscitation of combat casualties, primarily those occurring in austere circumstances with anticipated delay to definitive care. Specific issues being explored contribute to the search for an optimal resuscitation fluid, prolongation of “the golden hour”, and the development of blood component substitutes.

Diving & Environmental Physiology Department: This Department conducts research aimed at prevention and treatment of casualties incurred by exposure to extreme environmental stresses of operational interest, including undersea (submarine, diving, combat swimming), thermal (cold, hot), etc. This Department is engaged in three focused research efforts to meet these goals:

Radiation and Combat Injury Repair Department: This Department conducts research aimed at developing novel cellular interventions for casualties incurred by either conventional weaponry or from weapons of mass destruction (chemical agents or ionizing irradiation). This has two programs of research:

Bone Marrow Research Directorate

The Bone Marrow Research Directorate provides military contingency support for casualties with marrow toxic injury due to radiation or chemical warfare agents. The Directorate performs laboratory research, which supports technology innovations to make highly reliable and cost effective DNA-based typing for marrow transplants.

The Research Services Directorate consists of various departments, which provide research services to the other directorates at NMRC. These departments are listed below:

Administration Directorate

The Administration Directorate provides direction and support to the other Directorates and sets the policy required to ensure a coordinated effort in support of command requirements. Make recommendations to the Commanding Officer in areas regarding laws, regulations, policies, directives, and instructions pertaining to other naval organizations.

Subordinate Commands – NMRC is also responsible for the following commands, not located on site: