The NATO Human Factors and Medicine (HFM)-234 Research Task Group (RTG), "Environmental Toxicology of Blast Exposures: Injury Metrics, Modeling, Methods and Standards," chaired by the PCO Director, Mr. Leggieri, developed three guidelines that have been published in the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps. These include "Guidelines for using animal models in blast injury research" published online 10 April 2018; "Guidelines for conducting epidemiological studies of blast injury" published online 17 April 2018; the "Guidelines for Reproducing Blast Exposures in the Laboratory" published online 7 May 2018; and an editorial overview of the RTG "Environmental toxicology of blast exposures: injury metrics, modelling, methods and standards" published on 6 June 2018. The importance of these publicly available guidelines is to expand the knowledge base on the environmental toxicology of blast exposure and promote international collaboration and cross-study comparison through standardized research methodologies. The DoD Blast Injury Research PCO's participation in NATO HFM activities is critical for promoting information sharing and partnerships among the international blast injury research community and directly supports key responsibilities of the DoD Executive Agent for Blast Injury Research.
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