The injuries of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) are shaped by the widespread use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). IEDs increase the likelihood that active-duty Service members will be exposed to incidents such as blasts that can cause traumatic brain injuries and other debilitating injuries. Current war casualties are driving changes in health care needs and, therefore, changes in research and development.

Soldiers carring injured person

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command’s establishment of the Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP) will enable active planning and coordination of an area of military research that has grown in importance during the current conflicts. The CRMRP focuses on definitive and rehabilitative care innovations required to reset our Service members in terms of duty, performance, and quality of life.

The CRMRP includes the following focus areas:

  • Regenerative Medicine
    Bioengineering techniques to prompt the body to regenerate cells and tissues to repair or restore damaged or missing tissue
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation
    Amputee care, spinal cord injuries, burns and contractures, and orthopedic injuries, as well as developing guidelines for standards of care
  • Sensory System Traumatic Injury
    Visual, auditory, and vestibular dysfunction associated with traumatic injury
  • Pain Management
    Chronic pain, acute pain in the context of chronic pain, establishing safety margins for prescriptions, as well as developing strategies to help patients cope with pain