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Opportunity at U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (AMRMC)

Advanced Capabilities for Emergency Medical Monitoring of Hemorrhage

Location

U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, US Army Institute of Surgical Research

RO# Location
97.40.00.B4506 Fort Sam Houston, TX 782346315

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Convertino, Victor A. victor.a.convertino.civ@mail.mil 210.539.5633

Description

Our laboratory’s investigations focus on elucidating basic physiological mechanisms that underlie blood pressure regulation and the development of hypotension induced by progressive reductions in central blood volume that can lead to hemodynamic decompensation. Expertise exists in the areas of automated physiological monitoring of cardiovascular, autonomic, and metabolic physiology. Our team is particularly interested in (1) identification and validation of physiological signals that provide early markers of reduction in intravascular volume and prioritization for triage, (2) development of machine-learning algorithms based on specific identified physiological signals that can provide early prediction of progression to circulatory shock and requirement for therapeutic interventions during triage of trauma patients in combat and conventional medic environments, (3) physiological definition of individuals who have “low tolerance” compared with “high tolerance” to reduced central blood volume that can predict the risk of early or fatal onset of hemorrhagic shock, and (4) physiological and clinical investigations of trauma patients. Our research also focuses on the development and/or testing of medical monitoring devices designed to enhance diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of emergency medical personnel for remote triage and higher levels of care on the battlefield. By integrating our activities with those of other investigators in the Institute, our research focuses on improvement of basic knowledge, education, and training in combat casualty medicine and physiology.

 

References

Convertino VA, et al: Journal of Trauma 64: S142, 2008

Rickards CA, et al: Journal of Applied Physiolopgy 111: 1048, 2011

 

Keywords:
Cardiovascular; Blood pressure regulation; Autonomic function; Hemorrhagic shock; Triage;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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