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Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

NATO Meeting to Review Scope of Computational Modeling Efforts across Nations

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The objective of the NATO Human Factors and Medicine-270 (HFM-270) Research Task Group (RTG), "Framework for Modeling and Simulation of Human Lethality, Injury, and Impairment from Blast-Related Threats," is to develop a framework that integrates existing computational models and guides the development of future ones to predict human lethality, injury, impairment, and long-term health effects across the spectrum of blast-related threats. Mr. Leggieri, Director, DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office (PCO) serves as the chair and the Technical Team is made up of 20 members from nine nations. The impact of HFM-270 (RTG) will be a roadmap for a human blast effects computational modeling capability that will support the rapid development and fielding of improved strategies to prevent, mitigate, and treat blast injuries.

On July 11-13, 2017, the PCO participated in the third face-to-face meeting of the HFM-270 RTG Technical Team, at Porton Down in Salisbury, England. The purpose of this meeting was to identify existing, ongoing, and planned models, databases, and injury criteria. During the meeting Technical Team members briefed the group on the scope of existing computational models and modeling capabilities in their respective nations and heard presentations from computational modeling subject matter experts from the United Kingdom. Dr. Raj Gupta, Deputy Director, PCO, provided an overview of the status of past and on-going human modeling projects in the United States. Following the presentations, the Technical Team developed an objective methodology for assessing the suitability of existing models for inclusion in the computational modeling framework which the Technical Team developed in a previous meeting. The Technical Team will use this methodology to assess existing models during the next several meetings.

Last modified: 09-Jan-2019