Health Solutions

ARA pairs innovation with in-depth knowledge of physical,
chemical, physiological and biological processes to solve
complex problems. ARA has been at the forefront of research
into personal protection, traumatic brain injuries, and inhalation injuries, as well as chemical, biological and radiological effects.

  • Biotechnology Biotechnology Services include:
    • Bioaerosol research and inhalation modeling
    • Biosurveillance and diagnostics
    • Human physiology and health effects modeling
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  • Decision Support Decision Support & Human Factors Services include:
    • Forensic investigation of adverse events
    • Human-machine interface design
    • Cognitive aid development
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  • Food Safety Food Safety Services include:
    • Food inspection in storage, manufacturing, and processing facilities
    • Clinical diagnosis at hospitals, clinics, schools and field situations
    • Biological threat detection of contaminated surfaces and for forensic analysis
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  • Injury Biomechanics Injury Biomechanics Services include:
    • Test and evaluation using mechanical surrogates
    • Numerical modeling and simulation
    • Assessment of blast Injuries, blunt impact injuries and ballistic injuries
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  • Medical Modeling & Simulation Medical Modeling & Simulation Services include:
    • CBRN Human Response
    • Modeling Spread of Contagious Disease
    • Casualty and Patient Estimation
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  • Water Purification Water Purification Services include:
    • Ultrapure water and wastewater
    • Energy and directed-energy
    • Chemistry and green chemistry
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The medical community requires innovation to meet the needs of their customers in an increasingly cost-competitive environment. A data-based, individualized approach to medicine is essential to compensate for the additional pressures on the medical system. ARA can help patients, medical care providers and researchers with:

  • expertise integrating physics- and physiology-based modeling into innovative solutions
  • world leaders in cognitive task analysis, a technique for eliciting expertise so that it can be communicated and disseminated
  • state-of-the-art testing capability for evaluation of technologies designed to protect warfighters and first responders from blast, ballistic, and blunt impact environments
  • expertise integrating test capabilities with high fidelity numerical modeling to provide cost-effective, validated data and models
  • training technologies ranging from Instructional Study Design (ISD) to virtual reality simulations, PDA applications, physical mannequins and, via partnerships, live tissue training

Heimbuch, B.K., D. Harnish, Respiratory Protection Meeting: "Discussions on Short-Term and Long-Term Solutions to Mitigate a Shortage of Filtering Facepiece Respirators Caused by Pandemic Influenza" Final Report, 2011

Breacher Injury Study Consortium, Carr, W., Chancey, C., Stone, J., Walilko, T., Young, L., "Relationship between Repeated Blast Exposure and Neurological Function" Draft Report, 2011

Needham, Charles E., Blast Waves. Heidelberg: Springer, 2010. Print.

Walilko, T., Young, L., Welsh, D., Carver, N., Tate, C., Kamimori, G., "New Innovations in Instrumentation to Quantify Explosive Exposure" Draft Report, 2011

Needham, C., Rule, G., Weiss, G., Przekwas, A., Tan, X., Merkle, A., Iyer, K., Challenges in Measuring and Modeling Whole Body Blast Effects (2011). NATO HFM 207 Symposium "A Survey of Blast Injury Across the Full Landscape of Military Science," Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Tan, X., Przekwas, A., Rule, G., Iyer, K., Ott, K., Merkle, A., Modeling Articulated Human Body Dynamics Under a Representative Blast Loading (2011). Proceedings of the ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 11-17, 2011, Denver, CO

Heimbuch, B.K., W.H. Wallace, K. Kinney, A.E. Lumley, C-Y Wu , M-H Woo, J.D. Wander, A Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Study: Use of Energetic Methods to Decontaminate Filtering Facepiece Respirators Contaminated with H1N1 Aerosols and Droplets , American Journal of Infection Control, 2010;38(1):3-8

ASTM E2720-10: Standard test method for effectiveness of decontamination of air-permeable materials challenged with biological aerosols containing human pathogenic viruses. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken (PA) 19428-2959. 2010

ASTM E2721-10: Standard test method of evaluating of the effectiveness of decontamination procedures for surfaces when challenged with droplets containing human pathogenic viruses. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken (PA) 19428-2959. 2011

Rafaels, K., Shridharani, J., Bass, C., Salzar, R., Waliko, T., Wood, G., and Panzer, M., Blast Wave Attenuation: Ballistic Protective Helmets and the Head. PASS 2010 Proceedings, 2010

Walilko ,T., North, C., Young, L.A., Lux, W.E., Warden, D.L., Jaffee, M.S., Moore, D.F., Head injury as a predictor of PTSD among Oklahoma City bombing survivors. J Trauma. 2009 Dec;67(6):1311-9

St. Onge, P., McIlwain, D., Hill, M., Walilko, T., Bardoff, L., Marine Corps Breacher Training Study: Auditory and Vestibular Findings. The Army Medical Department Journal, July-September 2011

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