Military and civilian research community gather to share research and new discoveries
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and the San Antonio Military Health System will host the second annual San Antonio Military Health System and Universities Research Forum (SURF) on May 20 at the UTSA Main Campus. Sponsored by the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI), the event will highlight the latest research and discoveries of trainees, faculty, staff and students from health-related disciplines.
Last year’s inaugural forum exceeded expectations with hundreds of health care professionals and researchers from both military and civilian institutions attending what turned out to be one of the city’s largest professional development forums dedicated to health care research.
“UTSA is pleased to be hosting SURF once again this year. It’s a great opportunity for members of our local military to share their research with their civilian counterparts,” said Bernard Arulanandam, professor of microbiology and immunology at UTSA and interim vice president for research. “This networking can lead to new collaboration and partnerships to advance and eventually lead to breakthroughs in research areas that can better support the health and welfare of military and those in our community.”
The forum will begin with opening remarks at 8 a.m. in the H-E-B University Center ballroom, leading into a series of presentations about technology and innovation in healthcare, preventative medicine, health literacy and communications as well as a wealth of other topics. The forum will also host a track for members of the military focused on pre-hospital, emergency, trauma and critical care.
“The Military Health Institute is honored to support forums such as the SURF. This communication enhances the research collaboration across academia, the Department of Defense, and the Veterans Administration. Members of the armed services in San Antonio are leading the way in research based on battlefield experiences,” said Byron C. Hepburn, M.D., U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. (Ret.), who is founding director of the Military Health Institute at the UT Health Science Center. “The insights gleaned from care provided to our soldiers in the field are often translated to better care of our civilian population.”
This year, the forum agenda includes 40 speakers and 94 poster presentations. Each was peer-reviewed and subsequently reviewed by Joint Base San Antonio nurse educators, physicians and allied health professionals to ensure compliance for accreditation.
“Military researchers, faculty and community program leaders are well-represented. It speaks to the high caliber of the research work that every submitted abstract was reviewed, accredited and accepted for inclusion,” explained Jaclyn Shaw, director of the office of research support, UTSA, which is a key conference organizer.
Morning symposia will focus on:
- Personalized medicine
- Disaster medicine in the combat zone and civilian community
- The Air Force dental research program
- En route care
- Chronic pain and substance abuse
Morning oral presentations will cover:
- Pre-hospital trauma and en-route care
- Inpatient and outpatient care
- Preventive medicine
- Technology and Innovation in healthcare
- Public health and wellness
Along with the poster session, afternoon symposia will focus on:
- Advances in military regenerative/restorative medicine
- Immunology and infectious diseases
- Policy, practice and collaboration
- Regenerative medicine
In addition to connecting members of the military with local scholars, SURF will provide local and regional military members and health care professionals with the opportunity to earn CME and CNE credits.
“Last year’s inaugural forum was a success, particularly for military training and development. It can be challenging to travel for top-tier professional development. By partnering with UTSA, the Health Science Center and SALSI, we can provide top-tier training opportunities for military members stationed in the San Antonio region. We had 64 military members apply and received 98 CME and 595 CNE credits last year. To facilitate this process, we will have our staff stationed at the conference once again helping attendees register their hours in real-time,” added Debra Niemeyer, Senior Scientist with the United States Air Force and a key conference organizer from SAMHS.
A sampling of research presentations will include:
- Evacuation of Combat Patients by Military Critical Care Air Transport Teams with a Restricted Transfusion Approach is Safe
- A Proposal for Provider Competencies in Suicide Treatment
- Treatment Considerations For Military Women With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Subsequent To Military Sexual Trauma
- Predicting Success of Preliminary Surgical Residents: A Multi-Institutional Study
- Good Mourning, You Tube! Grieving and Bereaving on the World’s Most Popular Video-sharing Website
- The Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) Model: Transforming Health Care for Civilian, Military and Veteran Patients in Bexar County and Beyond
- Strategic Leveraging of Military Tele-Behavioral Health
- A Quantitative Evaluation of the Bexar County Diabetes Self-Management Program
- Characterization of a Live Attenuated Vaccine for Protection Against Multi-Drug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii
- Nurse Champions-Leading the Way in Reforming Health Outcomes
- Veteran Status and Health Literacy: A Population Analysis
- Treating Taboo: HIV/AIDS and Media Campaigns
The San Antonio research forum will be held May 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the H-E-B University Center on the UTSA Main Campus.
Health care professionals and researchers are invited to register online at https://www.regonline.com/SURF2016.