Warfighter Health Division
 

Welcome to the Warfighter Health Division (WHD)

The WHD conducts basic and applied research relating to the modern Warfighter. Our research objectives include investigating current and anticipated medical issues related to Warfighter psychological health and resilience, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post concussion syndrome, return-to-duty (RTD)/fitness-for-duty (FFD) issues, and physiological health. Our general scientific disciplines include aviation medicine, biomedical engineering, human factors, systemic and neurosensory physiology, and research psychology. WHD maintains its capability and competency to develop and document effective means of optimizing the performance of military personnel subjected to stressors such as spatial disorientation; disrupted sleep, work, and rest cycles; high cognitive workloads; and sustained operations.

  Research Areas  

The research mission focuses on the following areas:

Aeromedical Factors Branch

  • RTD assessments
  • Crew/operator endurance and sustainment (aviation and ground vehicles)
  • Operator workload
  • Collective team performance
  • Situational awareness
  • Motion sickness prevention
  • Advanced medical diagnostic tools

Cognitive Assessment Branch

  • Examines genetic and physiological underpinnings of TBI
  • Examines the effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive performance
  • Examines the neuropsychological sequelae of combat exposure
  • Aims to improve diagnosis, assessment, and treatment for combat-related trauma outcomes, such as TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 
     
Last Updated 09/06/2013

 
 
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