USAMRICD holds biennial conference

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense recently hosted the 18th Biennial Medical Defense Bioscience Review held in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

The event was sponsored by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the parent organization of USAMRICD. The conference provided a means to highlight new developments in medical countermeasures to protect against chemical warfare agents, toxic chemicals and biological neurotoxins.

"Bioscience Review is significant in that it represents the only opportunity for the entire medical chemical defense community to gather for focused scientific exchanges," Dr. John Graham, MRICD's deputy to the commander for research, said. "A broad range of pertinent topics was discussed, in both platform and poster presentations. There were plenty of opportunities for further discussion of experimental results and planning for future collaborative research efforts among the attendees."

Graham, who also chaired the event, opened the meeting and introduced a special lecture conducted by Dr. Petrali, a research anatomist and 50-year member of USAMRICD. Petrali's lecture gave attendees a personal look at life at the institute.

The keynote address was given by USAMRICD's commander, Colonel Peter Schultheiss, and covered animal welfare regulations from an historical perspective.

Dr. David Lenz, an expert in the development of bioscavengers as a pretreatment to nerve agent victims, was this year's recipient of USAMRICD's Clarence A. Broomfield Award.