Non-battle injuries due to infectious diseases account for the majority of illnesses encountered by military personnel in combat operations. Add to this, infections occurring during training, in post-battle injuries, during humanitarian relief, regular deployments overseas, and when participating in capacity building in endemic areas, and infectious diseases stands as the largest threat to the health and readiness of military personnel and the success of military operations worldwide.
To support the DOD’s strategic initiatives to mitigate the threat of emerging infectious diseases to the U.S. military through research and surveillance, our team of scientists and medical professionals work side by side with military researchers at home and abroad to surveille, detect outbreaks, and design and develop rapid point-of-care, field-ready infectious disease identification devices for warfighter protection. Our infectious diseases researchers are exploring advancements in personal protective systems, development and testing of vaccines for enteric, respiratory, and vector borne diseases, and testing new innate immunity therapeutics to promote healing for warfighters with antimicrobial resistant infections. Our team is committed to providing cutting-edge research to assist the U.S. military stay in the fight and to protect the health and readiness of military members and their families.
The U.S. Military has been concerned about the impact that infectious diseases can have on readiness and Force effectiveness for over 100 years. Because the DOD often deploys personnel to countries where infectious diseases are endemic, the military has a unique interest in surveillance, detection, epidemiological studies, and research leading to risk reduction and development of new protective equipment and techniques.
CAMRIS is a recognized expert in Global Health and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Our experts work alongside our military and government partners, at home and abroad, to enhance outbreak preparedness and plan for rapid response activities.
To prevent and counter the health and readiness impacts that infectious diseases pose for the military in general, and deployed personnel specifically, our research staffs focus their expertise on finding new technological approaches, pre-clinical advanced non-human models, and new vaccines and biologics for military-relevant infectious disease threats.