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ARA Brings Blast, Training, Games AND CBRN Health Efffects to the DOD'S Largest Health Research Symposium

August 2012

Applied Research Associates (ARA), a leading international research and engineering company, recently participated in the largest Department of Defense (DoD) medical research conference of the year. The Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) was held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 13-17.

As conference participants, ARA representatives interacted with DoD personnel and showcased some of their latest technological advances. Long recognized for leadership in providing solutions to complex challenges in the physical science arena, ARA geared its presentations to include some of the company’s latest activities in health and human safety. Presentations included a discussion of blast testing to evaluate the effectiveness of ear protection, the medical effects of particulate inhalation, medical responses to enhanced radiation and fission devices, and the impact of smart infusion pumps on health care.

Visitors to ARA’s booth had a chance to learn firsthand about ARA’s capabilities in human factors and decision support, rehabilitation technologies, bio-surveillance and hazard assessments, food and water safety, injury biomechanics and physiology-based simulations for medical education. ARA representatives generated a great deal of interest when they demonstrated the SENAPS iPad-based muscle-activated boxing game. The HumanSim software for training medical personnel in anesthesia administration was also shown to conference attendees. Finally, conference visitors saw a helmet-borne instrumentation system for blast-loading measurements, a crystalline head form for traumatic brain injury mechanism studies, and a fully functional miniature shock tube for generating blast loads for injury biomechanics tests.

ARA offers a wide variety of options in the areas of national security, health and human safety, energy and the environment. ARA continues to support men and women in combat by continuing to provide the military medical research community with expertise in blast and injury biomechanics research and training, high fidelity modeling, and health effects and response to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats.

About Applied Research Associates, Inc.

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) was founded 1979, in Albuquerque, N.M., to solve problems of national importance by providing science and engineering research, technical support services. The company’s applied research delivers scientific solutions for national defense, homeland security, aerospace, transportation, and manufacturing.

With 1,300 Employee Owners at locations in the U.S. and Canada, ARA offers a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil engineering, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and blast testing and measurement. ARA also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement evaluation, and specialized robotic vehicles.