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.
Center for Deployment Psychology
The Center for Deployment Psychology was developed to promote the education of psychologists and other behavioral health specialists about issues pertaining to the deployment of military personnel.
As the duration and frequency of military deployments increase, service members and their families are faced with increasing behavioral health difficulties associated with or exacerbated by deployment. The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), an innovative Department of Defense training consortium, has been established to better meet the deployment-related mental and behavioral health needs of military personnel and their families. The CDP is a tri-service center funded by Congress to train military and civilian psychologists, psychology interns/residents, and other behavioral health professionals to provide high quality deployment-related behavioral health services to military personnel and their families.
The Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance Medicine
The Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) was formally established at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) by the Defense Appropriations Act of 1999. Organized within the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at USUHS, CDHAM is postured as the Defense Department's focal point for academic aspects of medical stability operations.
Center for Health Disparities
The Uniformed Services University Center for Health Disparities (USUCHD) in collaboration with the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES), is a non-profit organization newly funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD). This grant is administered by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the advancement of the Military Medicine.
Center for Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM) was established as a collaborative intramural federal program involving the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health developed to bring together the expertise of clinicians and scientists across disciplines to catalyze innovative approaches to traumatic brain injury (TBI) research.
Center for Prostate Disease Research
The Center for Prostate Disease Research is the only free-standing prostate cancer research center in the U.S. This 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art basic science laboratory facility is attracting the best and brightest to study the disease. Using blood and tissues collected from volunteering military beneficiaries, the CPDR laboratory has amassed a large bank of prostate cancer specimens that are serving to unravel the genetics of the disease.
Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research
The Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR) was established as a research organization to promote successful return to duty and community reintegration of injured service members, particularly those with orthopaedic trauma, limb loss and neurological complications. The goal of CRSR has been to foster innovation, incorporate clinical and technical advances in the rehabilitative care of service members, and disseminate these new discoveries in a highly efficient manner within the military treatment facilities (MTFs). Given the uniqueness of combat-related trauma it remains imperative for CRSR to provide the readiness and resilience research for the Department of Defense (DoD).
Headquartered at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, CRSR has continued to coordinate inter-service research by formulating partnerships with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center for Excellence, San Diego National Military Medical Center, the Center for the Intrepid at San Antonio Military Medical Center, BALBOA, Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs. These MTFs care for the majority of injured service members returning from military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
To accomplish this objective, CRSR was divided into four primary research focus areas: 1) Identifying Barriers to Successful Integration, 2) Improvements to Pain Management Strategies, 3) Application of New Technologies to Advance Rehabilitation and Performance Measures, and 4) Transfer of New Technology Interventions to Improve Functionality. Each of the research focuses share their results both intra and extramurally to influence the clinical practice of injured service members as well as introduce new research hypotheses. Given CRSR’s close ties between academics, research and clinical care, new developments have the ability to make an immediate impact on the care/management of wounded warriors, veterans and the civilian community alike.
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
As part of the Department of Psychiatry of our federal medical school, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the Center was established in 1987 as a public private partnership of USUHS and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. The Center’s approach integrates science, clinical care, community needs and the health of the nation. Its team is multi-disciplinary with expertise in disaster psychiatry, military medicine and psychiatry, social and organizational psychology, neuroscience, family violence, workplace preparedness and public education.
Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program
The mission of the IDCRP is to conduct infectious disease clinical research of importance to the military through a unique, adaptive, and collaborative network, to inform health policy and practice and disseminate findings in peer reviewed literature. The vision: To substantially reduce the impact of infectious diseases in the military population through collaborative clinical research.
Murtha Cancer Center
The Institute is a component of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). USMCI is headquartered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and has components at USU, the National Naval Medical Center, the Malcolm Grow Air Force Medical Center, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute. The Military Cancer Institute is being incorporated into the Comprehensive Cancer Center at year end.
National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) is an academic center tasked with leading federal, and coordinating national, efforts to develop and propagate core curricula, education, training and research in all-hazards disaster health. It was established in 2008 by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-21 as a Center of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and receives additional program support from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.
By establishing core curricula and competencies in disaster medicine and public health education, the NCDMPH will better prepare the nation to respond to natural and man-made disasters or other catastrophic public health events.
Surgical Critical Care Initiative
The Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i) is a USU research program established in October 2013 to develop, translate, and validate biology-driven critical care. SC2i largely builds upon legacy efforts to provide care that is centered on an individual patient’s biology and oriented to both long and short term outcomes.
To realize its vision, SC2i draws considerable expertise from the premier academic centers and research-focused organizations which form its core: Uniformed Services University of Health, Duke University, Emory University–Grady Memorial Hospital, the Naval Medical Research Center, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and Decision Q.
Facilitating tissue acquisition and data analysis for improved decision-making algorithms are SC2i's principal focuses. Once validated, it is expected these efforts will subsequently lead to the rapid integration of these data streams into clinical practice, maximizing outcomes across any discipline requiring complex medical decision-making, including surgery, critical care, emergency medicine, orthopedics, transplant, and oncology. Approaches developed by SC2i are expected to simultaneously improve the quality and reduce the cost of care in critically-ill patients, for the benefit of both military and civilian healthcare systems.