STRATEGIC RESEARCH AREA 1
SRA 2: Soldier Medicine — Prevention, Diagnostics, and Far-Forward Care
This SRA is concerned with research that can lead to improved medical and combat casualty care for the Soldier. Of particular interest are nano-enabled materials and devices applicable to far-forward medical treatment. In the nearer term these would find application in field hospitals and on the battlefield. In the longer term, technologies based on the basic research of SRA-2 would be incorporated in the multi-capability integrated system of nanotechnologies for Soldier protection. These technologies could be activated by: qualified medical personnel (nearby or remotely located, e.g. via suitably protected telemetering), by the Soldier in the field, and even autonomously, with appropriate safeguards including Soldier and medic override capabilities. Examples of SRA-2 research include polymer actuators for imparting rigidity-on-demand e.g., for splinting wounds or preventing adverse movements after head or neck injury, materials and devices to enable controlled release of medications, methods for accelerated diagnostics of adverse medical conditions, and a MEMs-based device to prevent hemorrhagic shock. As shown in the following list, the research in this SRA is divided up among three Themes and seven Research Projects.