Fifty years ago, pioneers at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute carved a heritage of excellence that hundreds of others have followed. Together, they moved traditional research boundaries and created entirely new ones.
Five decades later, we continue this pursuit. Today's investigations, whether determining the effects of radiation or developing new techniques in gene regulation, continue to transform contemporary science in meaningful ways.
This year we celebrate AFRRI's many accomplishments and our milestone anniversary—five decades in the making—with tremendous pride and zeal. The events taking place from 2010 through 2012 will pay homage to our great thinkers and their world-changing ideas through time.
Guest speakers, poster presentations and panel discussions will highlight the breadth and depth of AFRRI research, as well as other important contributions that have made the Institute an important part of national defense and medical progress.
Still, we do not rest on our laurels, even in the midst of revelry. AFRRI's golden anniversary is both a time for reflection and forward thinking. There is still progress to be made, and we strive to remain at the cutting edge of science tomorrow and on our centennial, 50 years from now.
Mark A. Melanson, COL, MSC, USA
Director, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute