Congratulations to COL Emil Lesho and his MRSN team for receiving the 2015 Military Health System Research Symposium award as the 2015 Outstanding Research Accomplishment as an intramural team. This was in recognition of their tremendous research efforts in developing the ARMoR program in support of the Wounded Warfighter.
The Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) has been influencing policy and procedure since its inception in 2009, beginning with the fatal outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the neonatal intensive care unit at the National Naval Medical Center. Feedback provided by the MRSN resulted in the current policy being changed from targeted to universal screening of neonatal intensive care unit admissions.
Most recently in 2015, the MRSN established the structure and architecture of the ARMoR-D database which is being used as a model for the CDC, the NCBI, and others, to develop a public database such as Genbank that links whole genome sequences to clinical, demographic, and antibiogram data.
The award for the ARMoR program at MHSRS was presented to COL Lesho on Tuesday, 18 August during MHSRS by Rear Admiral Bruce A. Doll, DC, USN, Director, Research, Development and Acquisition, Defense Health Agency, and the Deputy Commander, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.