US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD)
Research, Education, and Training for Medical Chemical Defense
Welcome to the official page for the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense. The USAMRICD is the Department of Defense’s lead laboratory for research into the mechanisms of action of chemical warfare agents and toxins and for the development of medical countermeasures to these threats.
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"It may be completely off the wall...and it may be exactly what we need. What we need from Industry is for you to continue to innovate, to continue to have new ideas.” - Dr. James Madsen, US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD)
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The USAMRICD welcomed visitors from the Harford Leaders Academy and the Cecil Leaders Institute during the groups’ annual tour of Aberdeen Proving Ground. Their stop at the USAMRICD included demonstrations at the institute’s Simulation Laboratory and Wide Area Virtual Environment center.
In MRICD’s monthly ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Engineering) seminar series, ORISE post-doc Dr. Dennean Lippner highlighted the studies of MRICD researchers and collaborators to develop dimethyl trisulfide as a medical countermeasure for cyanide exposure.
Last week, MRICD was happy to welcome members of the Maryland delegation and local county officials for Immersion Day, as well as a group from the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion with a focus on STEM fields. See the article in the APG News.
By Rachel Ponder & Yvonne Johnson, APG News Members of the Maryland delegation and local county officials explored how research, development, testing and evaluation conducted on the installation supports the warfighter during APG Immersion Day [...]
MRICD’s military officers and enlisted, along with the civilian senior leadership, went on a staff ride to Arlington National Cemetery, at Fort Myers, on Friday, April 26. The group visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then headed over to the stables of the Caisson Platoon of the 3d United States Infantry, “The Old Guard.”
MRICD OUT REACH: MRICD Outreach Team members participated in STEM night at Edgewood Elementary School on April 9, 2019. MRICD sponsored hands-on science activities with a crime scene investigation theme. The objective of this event was to get elementary school students excited about science and talk to them about science careers with the Army. Over 150 parents/guardians and students attended the event.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – More than 200 individuals heard first responders, physicians and defense researchers from the United Kingdom detail their government’s response to the March 2018 chemical weapon attack in Salisbury, England during [...]
20th CBRNE Command
“Palmer (Sgt. 1st Class Robert Palmer, operations NCO for the 20th) was phenomenal,” said Stacie Umbarger, Roye-Williams Elementary School Liaison Officer. “He put a lot of thought into the book he chose (The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson). He had a very interactive discussion about segregation and race with 5th-grade students, and it was just phenomenal. The kids were really engaged with him, and that’s a little difficult sometimes with fifth-graders. It was unbelievable.”
Today, Defenders from the 20th joined a group of more than 30 volunteers from Aberdeen Proving Ground to #Support RWES on their #ReadAcrossAmerica event. As part of the event, volunteers greeted the young ones, Pre-K to 5th Grade, as they made their way into school, and later read to them in their respective classrooms.
Along with our #Warriors, the school also hosted #Patriots from U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, U.S. Army Public Health Center, US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD), CECOM and APG’s Garrison.
Read Across America Day, an annual, nationwide reading celebration, takes place on Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2), and it serves to recognize Dr. Seuss and his impact on early reading.
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
After 5 years employed by MRICD and the US Army, Dr. Michael Hepperle happily retires from government service.
MRICD COMMEMORATES DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
A STAR IS BORN!
MRICD wishes to thank the MRICD officers, enlisted Soldiers and civilians along with the Soldiers from RIID for their contributions to the recording of a new Chemical Casualty Care Division (CCCD) training video. Volunteers spent up to three days, outside at CCCD’s Field Training Center (FTC), performing proper establishment, operation and, and cleanup of a patient decontamination site (PDS) for the video cameras. Special thanks to APG Fire and EMS for lending an entirely new perspective to the video project by allowing us to use their ladder truck! We were able to capture essential aerial footage that will be vital in teaching proper layout of a PDS. COL Descarreaux made a surprise visit to the FTX site on Wednesday afternoon to thank participants and to present well-deserved certificates of appreciation.
CONGRATULATIONS! MRICD is happy to announce that SSG Butler was successful at the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) Board on 17 December 2018 and was voted into the club as a new SAMC member. The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is a private U.S. Army organization for enlisted non-commissioned officers (NCO) only. Those NCO's whose leadership achievements and performance merit special recognition may possibly earn the reward of membership. Members must "...exemplify leadership characterized by personal concern for the needs, training, development, and welfare of Soldiers and concern for families of Soldiers.” Congratulations to SSG Butler on this tremendous achievement. This is a big deal in the Enlisted community. Continue to be the spearhead of the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps and lead from the front. NCOs are the backbone of the Army!
WHERE IS HOLLI BEAR?
MRICD welcomed a visit from Holli Bear, #MRMCHolidays, to show her why we’re the Nation’s Center of Excellence for Medical Chemical Defense. After taking the trip’s chill off with some hot chocolate at the Visual Information Department’s holiday display, Holli made an office call to COL Descarreaux to get an overview of how MRICD’s research and training efforts protect the warfighter from the effects of exposure to chemical warfare agents (CWAs). In the products display case, she checked out the MRICD-developed Forensic Liquid Analysis Kit as well as the Test-Mate Cholinesterase Kit. She saw how medical professionals are trained by MRICD staff in the Vedder simulation laboratory to recognize and treat the effects of CWA exposure. Holli admired the beautiful DNA-inspired sculpture designed for MRICD’s new facility before visiting the specially fabricated glove boxes used to research inhalational exposures and the mass spectrometer and robotic pipettor at the MRICD-located Department of Defense Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion and Toxicology (ADMET) Center of Excellence, which evaluates the properties of prospective medical countermeasures to streamline their development process. While in the ADMET center, Holli met one of the lead scientists, Dr. Robert diTargiani (center), and ORISE interns Tae Young Lim (left) and Amy S. Rizkallah (right). Finally, after her busy afternoon, Holli took a moment to work on the jigsaw puzzle at the MRICD Wood Technical Library’s Stress Relief Station.
MRICD CELEBRATED THE HOLIDAYS WITH A DAY JAMMED PACKED FULL OF FITNESS, FUN AND CHARITY.
We kicked off the festivities with an institute-wide fun run/walk. We then donned our ugliest of holiday sweaters and headed to the Edgewood American Legion for a holiday luncheon. The MRICD’s Morale Committee organized an incredible party full of activities, games, music and laughter. We congratulate the S4, Logistics, the holiday decorating contest winners! And, as it turned out, the prize for the ugliest holiday sweater went to someone not even wearing a sweater, but instead a full holiday suite! Congratulations goes to Dr. Bryan McCranor for knowing just how to celebrate the holidays with flair and pizazz!
To benefit those less fortunate in our local community, MRICD party goers took time away from all of the party happenings to wrap the presents that our institute collected as part of the Angle Tree donation drive. We are especially proud of the warm scarves and hats, hand-made and donated by our very own Yarn & Yak group! Members of that group, as well as the Outreach Committee and Morale Committee, delivered the gifts to Edgewood Elementary the next day, right in time for Christmas!
MRICD DECKS THE HALLS: MRICD’s Human Resources Office sponsored a holiday decorating competition; winners will be chosen by the commander and his elves. The institute’s staff embraced the challenge and decked the halls—and the walls and the cubicles—in celebration of the holiday season. Winners will be announced later this week at the institute’s holiday party. Which is your favorite?
MRICD HELPS EDGEWOOD ELEMENTARY FIGHT WAR ON GERMS! Just in time for winter runny noses and coughs, the Community Outreach Committee at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense conducted a “War on Germs” campaign, bringing 63 facial-tissue boxes, 33 containers of disinfectant wipes, and 21 large bottles of hand sanitizer to Edgewood Elementary School on November 30. School counselor Karen Cunningham (far left) and school nurse Alli Baker (left) welcomed the donations from MRICD representatives Jessica Chandler (right) and Jennifer Devorak (far right). The donated items were supplied by MRICD employees as well as bought with funds contributed by the Institute’s Morale Committee.
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MRICD IN THE NEWS: MRICD congratulates Melissa Steele, the institute’s property book officer, for winning MEDCOM’s 2017 GS Series 9-11 Professional Medical Logistician Civilian Award. The award recognizes her “demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, technical competence, professionalism, and customer service.” Well done, Ms. Steele!
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MRICD OUTREACH: MRICD employees helped make back to school a positive experience for some Edgewood Elementary School children by providing them with all of their school supplies. The institute’s Outreach Team sponsored “Adopt a Backpack.” The team provided the backpacks, and individual employees or teams of coworkers then adopted a backpack, filling it up with items on the school supply list. The Outreach Team started with 12 backpacks—two for each grade, K through 5—but actually dropped off 16 full of school supplies on Edgewood’s Back-to-School night. Way to go MRICD!
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MRICD’s Yarn & Yak Group Has Gotten a Jump on Holiday Giving with Their Hand-Crafted Angel Tree Project
Yarn & Yak is an informal group of yarn crafters from the USAMRICD and the APG community who will be working this fall to make the winter a little warmer for people in the Harford County community. In support of the annual USAMRICD Angel Tree Project, several members of the group are working on handmade hats and scarves to be presented this December to the adopted families along with other donated gifts.
Great news for Harford County and the #Edgewood community!
DESCARREAUX TAKES COMMAND OF MRICD
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The Geneva Foundation
Last week, Geneva Grants and Contract Manager Ericka Dietrich and Regional Grants & Contracts Director Kelly Lehner visited U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research, US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD), and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Check out our website to learn more! http://bit.ly/2-NCR_GenevaontheGo
MRICD's Community Outreach Committee continued its support of Edgewood Elementary School by collecting much needed school supplies for the students and teachers, which committee members delivered to the school on August 23.
SEAP HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW *OPEN*
The SEAP (Science and Engineering Apprentice Program) pairs scientists with talented high school students to provide students with research experience and exposure to DOD laboratories. SEAP students work with their mentors, Army scientists and engineers, to gain "hands on" experience in a professional research setting--where students are treated as research assistants.
The program is 8 weeks and runs from 20 June to 12 August. Students must be available for all 8 weeks and be prepared to participate in weekly brown bag forums and write a paper at the end of their internship. This is a paid internship. ***APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 MARCH 2016.
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) matches practicing DoD scientists with talented high school students creating a …
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The USAMRICD trains and educates numerous medical personnel in the medical management of chemical casualties.
The USAMRICD provides subject matter experts who assist in developing defense and national policies for crisis management.
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MRICD Ironbirds Shoutout 2019
Tonight is Military Appreciation Night at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. If you’re headed to the Ironbirds’ opening night, celebrate the Army’s 244th Birthday by checking MRICD’s display, along with the displays of many other APG organizations. Here's our shout-out video; a shorter version will appear at tonight’s game