Research Network

WRAIR maintains a network of expeditionary laboratories to conduct its mission. Models of medical diplomacy, these programs foster U.S.-host nation collaborations in biomedical research, product development, outbreak response, and disease surveillance to support Soldier health and global health. From its founding in 1893 when WRAIR's faculty made medical breakthroughs in the U.S., Cuba, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico, the expeditionary research of today's WRAIR stretches across four continents.

Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Science (AFRIMS)

Woman in AFRIMS lab
Headquartered in Bangkok, the Armed Forces Research Institute for Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) is a joint undertaking between the U.S. and Thai militaries with satellite surveillance and research sites across Southeast Asia. AFRIMS scientists and physicians have developed diagnostics, preventives, and therapeutics against infectious diseases for nearly 60 years. Major accomplishments include clinical trials for Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis A, and dengue vaccines, contributing to their licensure; participating in the discovery, development, or testing of nearly all U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved antimalarial drugs; and leading the world's largest HIV vaccine efficacy trial, demonstrating for the first time that a vaccine can be protective.

U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa (USAMRD-A)

Researchers at microscopes
U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa (USAMRD-A) is based in Nairobi, Kenya, with clinical research centers and field sites across sub-Saharan Africa. Working closely with local institutions, including the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), military research facilities, academic laboratories, and others, USAMRD-A focuses on addressing infectious disease threats and carries out disease surveillance, training, research, and outbreak response. Major accomplishments include completing or implementing numerous clinical trials for vaccines and therapeutics to protect against malaria or HIV; supporting efforts to monitor and combat Zika, Ebola, and antimicrobial drug resistance; and conducting one of the first and largest community-based HIV cohort studies in high risk populations that provided critical insight to early HIV infection pathogenesis.

U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-West

USAMRD-West building
USAMRD-West is located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the state of Washington and focuses on improving psychological resilience. USAMRD-W leads applied field studies in deployed, training, and home-station environments to identify emerging and existing behavioral health concerns in Service Members. It also guides potential training and intervention efforts to improve psychological health and well-being throughout the Pacific region. Accomplishments include deploying overseas as part of multiple Mental Health Advisory Teams to review the behavioral health burden among U.S. personnel, guiding improvements in field resources, and implementing studies examining the impact of organizational culture on unit health, well-being, and performance.

U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Georgia

Lugar Center
USAMRD-Georgia was established in 2014 at the Richard M. Lugar Center for Public Health Research in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Lugar Center, administered by the Georgian National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, is a state-of-the-art, internationally certified central reference laboratory and repository with partnerships throughout the region. USAMRD-G executes its mission of global health security by building Georgian scientific and medical capacity, monitoring disease threats with a particular focus on antibiotic resistance, and using its laboratory facilities to support U.S. and allied forces deployed within U.S. European Command. Accomplishments include advancing bacteriophages as new treatment strategies against multidrug resistant bacteria, monitoring mosquito vectors of disease to help quantify the risk of transmission to Service Members, and continuing to work with the Georgian government and develop regional partnerships.

Partner Sites

Medical professionals working
Since the onset of the HIV epidemic, MHRP has cultivated international partnerships to help develop state-of-the-art labs and medical clinics in Africa and Asia. Our dedicated researchers, staff, and partners are committed to halting the spread of HIV around the world. This infrastructure provides a unique and effective platform to conduct research and assess candidate vaccines in endemic settings around the globe. MHRP’s partners with sites in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, Jordan, Germany and Thailand. The spectrum of HIV subtypes in these countries enable MHRP researchers to test prospective HIV vaccine candidates for global protection.