Basic Biomedical Program

Basic Biomedical is a Discovery & Invention (D&I) research program that uses basic scientific studies to address the performance, health, and protection of Sailors and Marines in dynamic operational environments. The research portfolio focuses on high priority challenges that occur during operations in the ever changing military operational environments at sea and on land. Knowledge and concepts established through the program contribute to the increased understanding of biological, medical and biomedical engineering principles and practices. Proven concepts often serve as the foundation for further technology investments in the applied science domain with the aim to develop fieldable solutions to current and future warfighter challenges.

Current Research Areas

Basic Biomedical thrust areas currently focus on:

  • Circadian, Sleep and Fatigue: psychological and physiological impacts of sleep disruption; predictive models of fatigue based on operationally-relevant tasks; development of novel countermeasures to fatigue. (Program Manager: Lt. Cmdr. Brian Andrews-Shigaki, Ph.D.)
  • Physiological Modeling: predictive models of environmental stressors to include heat, cold, hypo and hyperbaric conditions, contaminant exposure; fundamental signal analysis and processing; lean algorithms for embedded devices. (Program Manager: Lt. Cmdr. Brian Andrews-Shigaki, Ph.D.)
  • Biological and Physiological Sensors and Monitoring: optical sensors for deep tissue sensing; non-invasive chemical and biological sensors; sensor and circuit miniaturization; low-power physiological monitoring and secured communication for those systems. (Program Manager: Lt. Cmdr. Brian Andrews-Shigaki, Ph.D.)
  • Blast and Traumatic Brain Injury: the Computational Cellular Biology of Blast and Combat Casualty Care (C2B2 + C3) Program combines computational modeling and experimentation to investigate cavitation as a cause of mild traumatic brain injury as well as the development of fieldable technologies for pre-hospital care of combat casualties. (Program Manager: Timothy Bentley, Ph.D.)
  • Stress Response: biomarkers and mechanisms of resilience versus susceptibility to stress; impact of circadian rhythm on the “stress axis”. (Program Manager: Laura Kienker, Ph.D.)

Program Contact Information

Name: Lt. Cmdr. Brian Andrews-Shigaki

Title: Program Manager

Department: Code 34

Division: Warfighter Protection and Applications

Email: brian.andrewsshigaki@navy.mil

Address
Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, Va. 22203

Name: Dr. Timothy Bentley

Title: Program Manager

Department: Code 34

Division: Warfighter Protection and Applications

Email: timothy.b.bentley@navy.mil

Address
Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, Va. 22203

Name: Dr. Laura Kienker

Title: Program Manager

Department: Code 34

Division: Human and Bioengineered Systems

Email: laura.kienker@navy.mil

Address
Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, Va. 22203

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