Annual SURF Military Health Conference Returns to UTSA as an In-Person Event | UTSA today | UTSA

Representing academia, military, government, and industry, SURF is one of San Antonio’s largest professional development forums focused on healthcare research. The annual event offers participants the opportunity to showcase and share innovations in research practice and policy, connect with scholars and practitioners for future education, and collaboratively develop research and policy. This year’s event features 29 podiums and 49 poster presentations.

“We celebrate the return of SURF to our campus as military health and preparedness continue to be critical parts of this country’s national security portfolio,” said Jaclyn Shaw, Acting Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise at UTSA. “We have seen SURF grow from a regional conference to one with national visibility, serving as a forum where investigations and findings can be shared to advance the health and well-being of our service members and their families. »

Deborah Birx will deliver the keynote address at SURF 2022. Photo courtesy of BGR Group

The keynote address will be delivered by Deborah BirxMD, of the George W. Bush Institute, where she is a principal investigator. After spending her career in service to the United States, first as a colonel in the U.S. Army, then as an ambassador and public servant, Birx managed some of the Centers’ most high-profile and influential programs. for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States and the United States Department of State. .

As a world-renowned medical expert and leader, Birx has focused her work on clinical and basic immunology, infectious diseases, pandemic preparedness, vaccine research and global health. Most recently, Birx served as the White House coronavirus response coordinator.

In 2014, she became a Goodwill Ambassador, when she assumed the role of Coordinator of US Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. In this role, she oversaw the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment by any nation to fight a single disease in history, as well as the entire commitment of the US government with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. .

Characteristic of plenary speakers Elise Huszar, President and CEO of the Geneva Foundation, which advances military medicine through innovative scientific research toward the common goal of advancing military medicine, and Col. Andrew P. CapMD, director of research for the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, where he, with a staff of more than 270 and a budget of more than $40 million, carries out the major intramural research program in patient care. wounded in action for the Ministry of Defence.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet exhibitors including the Air Force Medical Service Library-Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, BioMedSA, CamNtech Inc., The Geneva Foundation, Henry Jackson Foundation (HJF), The Metis Foundation, Summa Bio- Solutions Inc. and the UTSA Brain Health Consortium.

This year’s research themes reflect the current needs of the military community, including:

  • dental research
  • COVID-19 and infectious diseases
  • Deployment Medicine
  • Human performance
  • Medical modeling and simulation
  • Mental health initiatives
  • Nursing Research
  • Patient safety
  • Precision medicine
  • Public health and well-being
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Traumatology and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Women’s Health Initiatives

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