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NEWS | Jan. 9, 2014

Academy of Health Sciences grad school holds research day

By Phil Reidinger and Esther Garcia Army Medical Department Center and School Communication Office

For the first time, military and civilian researchers - along with graduate students - within central and southern Texas gathered Dec. 11 at the Army Medical Department Center and School for the Academy of Health Sciences Graduate School's third Annual Research Day to share healthcare research findings and build new collaborations.

Participating civilian academic organizations included the University of Texas at San Antonio; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; University of Texas School of Public Health; University of the Incarnate Word; St. Mary's University; Texas State University; Texas A&M University and Baylor University.

After remarks by Col. Josef Moore, AHS Graduate School dean, and Maj. Gen. Steve Jones, AMEDDC&S commanding general, keynote speaker, Col. Russ Kotwal, director of trauma care delivery, Joint Trauma System, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, addressed those in attendance.

Participants then attended several break-out sessions with presenters from the Air Force, St. Mary's University, Texas State University, UTHSCSA, and University of the Incarnate Word covering topics on forming effective military and civilian academic research collaborations, conducting inter-professional education and research and other key research topics.

Military and civilian researchers presented 26 posters that covered a diverse selection of topics.

"The Effects of Epinephrine and Vasopressin on Survival from Cardiac Arrest Following Desipramine Overdose in a Porcine Model," presented by Don Johnson, AHS Graduate School Program director of research, won for best poster presentation.

"Development of a Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment Score using Novel Biomarkers Discovered Through Profiling," presented by Maj. John Buonora, emergency medicine, received the best platform presentation award.

"I am very excited to be here, said Dr. Leslie LaRo Hayes, marriage and family therapist at St. Mary's University. "I was able to see the medical side and hear the different views and conversations of the various topics."