On 31 July, the Director General of the India Armed Forces visited the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research accompanied by the USPACOM Command Surgeon. WRAIR Commander, COL Renta, welcomed the delegation and provided the delegation with a brief overview of the Institute’s mission and research efforts under the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
Following the delegation welcome, COL Thomas spoke about WRAIR’s capabilities: Pilot Bioproduction Facility, Clinical Trials Center, Veterinary Services, and Operational Clinical Infectious Diseases course as well as WRAIR’s overseas laboratories in Thailand, Kenya and Georgia. COL Thomas highlighted WRAIR’s participation in the Ebola response as a recent example to how WRAIR’s diverse capabilities and long-standing international presence enable us to be a leader for both military medicine and when there is a threat such as the Ebola outbreak. WRAIR’s unique capabilities in translational medicine help turn an idea into a usable product through collaboration with industry and academia and via information sharing with the US Navy and US Air Force to ensure there are no critical knowledge gaps and duplicated efforts.
The delegation visited the Clinical Trials Center, Insectary and HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory. Program directors from the Military Malaria Research Program and the Viral Diseases Branch also briefed the group.
We look forward to welcoming future India Armed Forces Medical Services delegations and exploring collaborative opportunities to support Soldier Health and World Health.