Warfighter Health Division - Aeromedical Factors Branch
 

Welcome to the Warfighter Health Division (WHD)
The WHD conducts basic and applied research relating to the military system operator.  Our research objectives are to develop and document effective means of optimizing the performance of military operators subjected to stressors such as spatial disorientation, disrupted sleep/work/rest cycles, high cognitive workloads, and sustained operations.
Our research also includes current and anticipated medical issues related to Warfighter injury prevention and reduction, psychological health and resilience (including traumatic brain injuries and return-to-duty issues), and physiological health.  Our general scientific disciplines include aviation medicine, biomedical engineering, human factors, systemic and neurosensory physiology, and research psychology.  Within that heterogeneous framework, the WHD defines the biomedical impact of prototype and developmental military equipment in terms of individual tolerance and performance effectiveness; assesses emerging technologies in all the above research fields and translates these research results into useable, relevant recommendations to the field.  The WHD develops, maintains, and actively integrates technology transfer between other DOD laboratories and agencies, the civilian scientific sector, and allied countries.

The division staff is composed of both military and civilian employees
Currently our research staff is composed of 5 PhD’s, 2 M.D.’s, 3 MS/MA’s, and 3 BS level personnel with varying specialty areas including educational leadership, physiology, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, and human factors. The division staff is rounded out with a project manager, research technicians, student contractors, and Soldiers. Division research includes the use of a research BlackHawk helicopter, simulator, micro-simulator, multi-axis rotation laboratory, tactile systems, cognitive assessment software tools, experiment generator software, and an engagement skills trainer.

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Aeromedical Factors Branch
Cognitive Assessment & Diagnosis Branch (CADB)

 
     
Last Updated 09/06/2013

 
 
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