Overview

The CRMRP prioritizes research efforts based on the types of injuries and degree of trauma suffered by Warfighters while tracking current state-of-the-art technologies. CRMRP innovations are expected to improve restorative treatments and rehabilitative care to maximize function for return to duty or civilian life. The priorities for funding research efforts are closely coordinated with other services, partner agencies, and industry to help ensure a diverse portfolio with targeted focus areas to meet current needs. Research is conducted by federal laboratories and medical centers as well as in collaboration with universities and industry.

Battlefield Injury Distribution1

Battlefield Injury Distribution Chart, Lower Extremities 31%, Head/Neck 27%, Upper Extremities 22%, Torso 15%, Spine/Back 3%
1 JTTR Sept 2001–Sept 2011  


Background

The Clinical and Rehabilitative Medical Research Program was stood up in 2008 with the primary purpose to research and advance solutions with direct relevance to rehabilitation of battlefield injuries. The CRMRP expands on the mission of the Combat Casualty Care Research Program by expanding traditional research to seek innovative means of rehabilitative care to "reset" wounded warriors who were previously had access to limited care in the military-treatment setting. CRMRP was charged with establishing a research program to connect the USAMRDC research and development community with the clinical investigations community of the U.S. Army Medical Command and the Military Health System. Returning our dedicated, trained Service members to duty and helping them lead productive and fulfilling lives are of critical importance to the military.