Back to Top Skip to main content

Awards honor distinguished service, individual and team research

Pictured are the recipients of the 2018 MHSRS Awards, including the 2018 MHSRS Distinguished Service Award, the individual achievement in research awards, and the research team awards. Right to left are Air Force Maj. Joseph K. Maddry, Army Col. Michael P. Kozar, Kenneth M. Hargreaves, DDS, Ph.D., Navy Lt. Cmdr. Micah Gaspary, Australian Defence Force Col. Michael Reade, Army Col. Andrew P. Cap, Dr. Thomas Joiner and Dr. Peter Gutierrez. (MHS photo) Pictured are the recipients of the 2018 MHSRS Awards, including the 2018 MHSRS Distinguished Service Award, the individual achievement in research awards, and the research team awards. Right to left are Air Force Maj. Joseph K. Maddry, Army Col. Michael P. Kozar, Kenneth M. Hargreaves, DDS, Ph.D., Navy Lt. Cmdr. Micah Gaspary, Australian Defence Force Col. Michael Reade, Army Col. Andrew P. Cap, Dr. Thomas Joiner and Dr. Peter Gutierrez. (MHS photo)

Recommended Content:

MHSRS 2019 | Research and Innovation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Military research accomplishments were recognized on Monday, the opening day of the Military Health System Research Symposium at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Three individuals and four teams were honored.

Army Col. Michael Kozar, director of the Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, received the 2018 MHSRS Distinguished Service Award for lifetime achievement in the research category of military infectious diseases.

Dr. Kelley Brix, branch chief of interagency research coordination at the Defense Health Agency, said Kozar has demonstrated outstanding leadership in pursuit of excellence.

“Col. Kozar’s experience at all levels of clinical and research laboratory operations, as well as the military acquisition system, allowed him to foster the development of globally effective countermeasures to combat critical infectious diseases,” said Brix, moderator of the awards presentation. “He’s also nurtured the development of infectious disease subject matter experts who will continue to serve future generations of warfighters.”

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Australian Defence Force, and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program investigators won the Outstanding Research Team/Small Team/Academia-Industry Award (research category: blood and blood products).Col. Michael Reade, team co-lead, accepted on behalf of the group, which completed a 121-patient, four-hospital trial of cryopreserved platelets. Their efforts doubled the clinical trial evidence supporting use of this technology, and set the conditions needed for the next step toward regulatory approval. (MHS photo)
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Australian Defence Force, and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program investigators won the Outstanding Research Team/Small Team/Academia-Industry Award (research category: blood and blood products).Col. Michael Reade, team co-lead, accepted on behalf of the group, which completed a 121-patient, four-hospital trial of cryopreserved platelets. Their efforts doubled the clinical trial evidence supporting use of this technology, and set the conditions needed for the next step toward regulatory approval. (MHS photo)

Army Col. Andrew Cap, with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, received the award for outstanding individual research accomplishment/military (research category: blood and blood products).

“Col. Cap has led the DoD’s research and development efforts for blood products used to treat combat casualties, resulting in several innovations that have transformed battlefield medicine and which have been adopted for the care of civilian patients,” Brix said.

Kenneth Hargreaves, from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, received the award for outstanding individual research accomplishment/academia-industry (research category: pain management). Brix called Hargreaves an active leader in a DoD-National Institutes of Health federal pain consortium involving six research projects and over 25 collaborating investigators from military, VA, and civilian academic institutions.

His research “has had a significant impact on science, public health, and bettering the lives of military service members,” Brix said.

The recipients of the 2018 MHSRS Team Awards are as follows:

Outstanding Research Team/Small Team/Military: Enroute Care to the U.S. Air Force Enroute Care Research Center, San Antonio (research category: enroute care).  

Maj. Joseph Maddry, team lead, accepted on behalf of the group, who initiated a process improvement that increased management compliance of mechnically ventillated critical care air transport team patients from 38 percent to 80 percent. Their findings also led to the development of a clinical practice guideline.

Outstanding Research Team/Large Team/Military: Combat Trauma Research Group, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia (research category: combat casualty care).

Lt. Cmdr. Micah Gaspary, team lead, accepted on behalf of the group, which completed studies that directly influenced and supported changes in the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care’s official guidelines. Also, “The team has single-handedly changed the culture at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth with their enthusiastic approach to pursuing research,” Brix said.

Outstanding Research Team/Small Team/Academia-Industry:  Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Australian Defence Force, and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program investigators (research category: blood and blood products).

Col. Michael Reade, team co-lead, accepted on behalf of the group, which completed a 121-patient, four-hospital trial of cryopreserved platelets. Their efforts doubled the clinical trial evidence supporting use of this technology, and set the conditions needed for the next step toward regulatory approval, Brix said.

Outstanding Research Team/Large Team/Academia-Industry: Military Suicide Research Consortium (research category: psychological health).

Dr. Peter Gutierrez and Dr. Thomas Joiner, co-directors, accepted for the group’s work with academic, DoD and VA partners to focus cutting-edge science on the issue of suicides in the U.S. military. Since the consortium’s establishment in 2010, Brix said, it’s funded 13 research teams and developed an infrastructure to support suicide-related research programs and train the next generation of military suicide researchers.

Results of studies “will contribute to better screening, assessment, and treatment for those at risk for suicide,” Brix said.  

You also may be interested in...

COVID-19 leads to innovation in military health care practices

Article
7/1/2020
Man in lab coat and mask prepares sample for COVID-19 testing.

MHS thinks outside of the box to bring care to patients during pandemic

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Research and Innovation

Navy Care virtual health app wins innovation award

Article
6/12/2020
Soldier in front of a computer monitor

Navy Care offers a live, virtual visit with a clinician — from the patient's smartphone, laptop, or computer.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Research and Innovation | Technology

WRNMMC Recognizes Medical Researchers

Article
6/10/2020
Military personnel stand in front of window holding their awards

15 winners of Research & Innovation Month awards announced

Recommended Content:

Research and Innovation

Call for 2020 Military Health System Research Symposium abstracts open

Article
2/14/2020
Navy Rear Adm. Darin K. Via, deputy chief, Readiness and Health, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, meets with Mr. Mike Galarneau, director, Operational Readiness & Health, Naval Health Research Center, during poster presentations while attending MHSRS 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by John Marciano)

MHSRS is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting

Recommended Content:

Research and Innovation

Achievements in 2019 provide strong foundation for year ahead

Article
12/23/2019
A Year in Review: Year of Military Health 2019

Dedication, commitment to mission praised as changes continue

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Health Program | MHS GENESIS | Research and Innovation | Preventive Health | MHS Transformation

World AIDS Day puts spotlight on landmark DoD study

Article
12/2/2019
Dr. John Mascola, director of the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center, discusses HIV vaccine progress at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Nov. 26, during a World AIDS Day commemoration.  (U.S. Army photo)

Vaccine study shows infection risk lowered by 31 percent, offering hope for future

Recommended Content:

Immunization Healthcare | Research and Innovation | Global Health Engagement

Women in DHA create impact across the federal health community

Article
11/4/2019
Retired Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, former director of the Defense Health Agency, accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from FedHealthIT during their Leading for Impact in Federal IT & Consulting, Women in Leadership Conference in Arlington, Va. (DHA Photo by Hannah Wagner)

FedHealthIT recognized two DHA leaders, past and present, for their government service during a ceremony in Arlington, Va.

Recommended Content:

Innovation | Research and Innovation

Unleashing innovation to support field medics, corpsmen

Article
9/13/2019
A drone lifts off during the Hive Final Mile demonstration on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Drones are one of the autonomous technologies that might soon be helping medics provide care for warfighters on distant battlefields. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacqueline A. Clifford)

Imagine unmanned vehicles bringing medical supplies or blood products to support a field medic’s care of wounded soldiers, or even transporting a wounded warfighter to safety. Researchers at the Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, or TATRC, are collaborating with the Services, academia and private industry to make such scenarios a reality.

Recommended Content:

Research and Innovation | Innovation

Young Investigator competition, poster session award winners announced on final day of 2019 MHSRS

Article
8/22/2019
Dr. Briana Vecchio-Pagan from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland accepts her poster presentation award on Thursday, August 22nd from Dr. Terry Rauch, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for health readiness policy and oversight at DHA. (MHS photo)

Record number of competition abstracts received; almost 1,500 posters presented

Recommended Content:

MHSRS 2019

Supporting the warfighter of today with innovation of tomorrow

Article
8/22/2019
Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne, assistant director of DHA's Combat Support Agency, moderates a panel presentation on Wednesday, August 21 at MHSRS. (MHS photo)

Air Force Maj. Gen. Payne, panelists describe Defense Health Agency combat support role

Recommended Content:

MHSRS 2019 | Combat Support

MHSRS 2019 Army Maj. Nicholas Koreerat

Video
8/22/2019
MHSRS 2019 Army Maj. Nicholas Koreerat

Army Maj. Nicholas Koreerat talks about his poster research

Recommended Content:

MHSRS 2019

MHSRS 2019 Army Col. Deydre Teyhen and Command Sgt. Maj. Natasha Santiago

Video
8/22/2019
MHSRS 2019 Army Col. Deydre Teyhen and Command Sgt. Maj. Natasha Santiago

Army Col. Deydre Teyhen and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Natasha Santiago speak about WRAIR at MHSRS

Recommended Content:

MHSRS 2019

MHSRS 2019 Air Force Col. Eveline Yao, USSOCOM Surgeon General

Video
8/22/2019
MHSRS 2019 Air Force Col. Eveline Yao, USSOCOM Surgeon General

Air Force Col. Eveline Yao, speaks about the relationship between USSOCOM and MHS research.

Recommended Content:

MHSRS 2019

MHSRS 2019 Navy Lt. Cdr. Andrew Olsen

Video
8/22/2019
MHSRS 2019 Navy Lt. Cdr. Andrew Olsen

Navy Lt. Cdr. Andrew Olsen speaks about his research

Recommended Content:

MHSRS 2019

MHSRS 2019 Army Sgt. 1st Class Noah Gaylor

Video
8/22/2019
MHSRS 2019 Army Sgt. 1st Class Noah Gaylor

Army Sgt. 1st Class Noah Gaylor, a combat medic, talks about his experience at MHSRS 2019

Recommended Content:

MHSRS 2019
<< < 1 2 3 4 5  ... > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 8

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.