USAMRICD holds biennial chemical defense review

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) hosted its Medical Defense Bioscience Review from May 11-15 in Hunt Valley, Md.

The biennial event brought together approximately 300 scientists from public, private and academic institutions to discuss and examine the latest advancements in chemical agent and biological neurotoxin countermeasure research, Global Biodefense reports.

The conference included sessions on topics including nerve agents, toxicants and analytics.

"The session chairs did a fantastic job of assembling a world-class scientific program with excellent speakers," USAMRICD Research Program Manager James Dillman said, according to Global Biodefense. "A wide variety of attendees expressed to me that they enjoyed the conference and thought that the scientific program was one of the best ones in recent memory, so the chairs' hard work was evident to everyone."

James Wilson, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, gave the keynote address at the conference.

Professor Joel L. Sussman from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel won the Clarence A. Broomfield Award, which recognizes achievements made in the field of medical chemical defense. Sussman is a structural biologist most known for his research into functions of proteins, nucleic acids and three-dimensional structures, Global Biodefense reports.

Sussman gave a lecture at the conference on three-dimensional structures and their impact on chemical agent countermeasures.