Uniformed Services University
Graduate Education Office
Building A, Room A1045
4301 Jones Bridge Road Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Graduate Education Office
Toll Free: (800) 772-1747
Main: (301) 295-9474/3913
Fax: (301) 295-6772
Dr. Eleanor S. Metcalf, Ph.D.
Research programs within the Department of Anatomy, Physiology, & Genetics focus on fundamental biological problems, many of which have clear consequences for future solutions to important medical problems including neurodegenerative disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease. A substantial investment has been made towards development of molecular and genetic approaches to understanding metabolic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis and diabetes.
The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is a research laboratory located within the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine. It is an interdisciplinary laboratory where research scientists trained in exercise physiology, nutritional biochemistry, sports psychology, immunology, endocrinology, and psychology work with physicians, medical students, graduate students, and others to investigate various aspects of human performance and stress physiology.
The Center is a new public-private partnership working to increase knowledge of the consequences of trauma and disaster and to apply this knowledge to helping people cope with traumatic events. The Center provides education, consultation and training to our nation and its communities on the effects of trauma and disaster and individual and organizational recovery following these events while maintaining a wide-ranging, vigorous research program to extend our knowledge of the consequences of event-related stress.
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.
The CNRM is a federal medical research program that has transformed collaborative interactions between the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the National Naval Medical Center. Congress established CNRM to bring together the expertise of physicians and scientists at these collaborating institutions in the National Capital area to develop innovative approaches to brain injury diagnosis and recovery.
AFRRI, a triservice laboratory chartered in 1961, conducts research in the field of radiobiology and related matters essential to the operational and medical support of the U.S. Department of Defense and the military services. The institute collaborates with other governmental facilities, academic institutions, and civilian laboratories in the United States and other countries. Its findings have broad military and civilian applications.
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), which is the largest, most diverse, and oldest laboratory in the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, conducts research on a range of militarily relevant issues, including naturally occurring infectious diseases, combat casualty care, operational health hazards, and medical defense against biological and chemical weapons. WRAIR is the Department of Defense's lead agency for infectious disease research and a crucial source of research support for medical product development. Despite WRAIR's focus on the military, its research has been used to solve nonmilitary medical problems around the world.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. The goals of the agency are as follows: 1) foster fundamental creative discoveries, innovative research strategies, and their applications as a basis to advance significantly the Nation's capacity to protect and improve health; 2) develop, maintain, and renew scientific human and physical resources that will assure the Nation's capability to prevent disease; 3) expand the knowledge base in medical and associated sciences in order to enhance the Nation's economic well-being and ensure a continued high return on the public investment in research; and 4) exemplify and promote the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science.