Understanding the Computational Modeling of the Human Body's Responses to Blast-Related Injury (Postponed)

The 10th International DOD State-of-the-Science Meeting on Blast Injury

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JULY 2020 - Please note that this event has been postponed. The 10th annual blast injury conference will now take place in March 2022, exact dates to-be-determined.

About the Program

The RAND Corporation and the Blast Injury Research Coordinating Office (BIRCO) invite you to participate in the International State-of-the-Science Meeting on "Understanding the Human Body’s Responses to Blast Trauma using Multi-Scale Computational Modeling". This meeting is sponsored by U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) and BIRCO.

The State-of-the-Science Meeting (SoSM), will bring together leading scientists, clinicians and leaders from the military and civilian sectors to assess the state of the science on this topic. The objectives of this meeting are to present, summarize, discuss and make recommendations:

  1. Assess the state-of-the-science of unified multi-scale modeling of the human body's responses to blast exposure​
    • Assess the targeted efforts to integrate different models across cell tissue, organ, and whole body.  
  2. Identify major barriers and knowledge gaps that are impeding progress in the field​ and opportunities for investment in future research  
  3. Identify additional opportunities for collaborative action (both intergovernmental and public-private) that could accelerate progress in understanding of the human body’s responses to blast trauma research  
  4. Provide recommendations to: 
    • Advance pre-clinical and clinical research  
    • Determine key policy gaps
    • Identify areas to advance product development (prediction, protection, prevention) 

We are seeking national and international scientists from academia, industry, military services, government, not-for-profit organizations, and other sectors to improve outcomes and quality of life for service members in the near term including:  

  • Those involved in computational modeling research involved in advancing and understanding the interaction and response at different levels from the cellular, tissue, organ, and whole-body levels response to blast exposure; 
  • Micro, macro, and across the continuum;  
  • Those in fields such as physiology, biochemistry, biomechanics, engineering, mathematics, biology, neuroscience, etc.  

In forming workgroups, we seek to include diverse volunteers with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, and other factors. We also welcome experts at different stages of their careers including early, career professionals, and those from all professional sectors.