medical Countermeasures & Response

Urgent military aircraft testing and validation

To maintain readiness amidst COVID-19, NSRI scientists with Air Force and Nebraska National Guard personnel tested seven types of aircraft at the 155th Air Refueling Wing in Lincoln within days. The threat of warfighters sick with COVID-19 and stranded in far-off places was a mission-critical threat. As a trusted-agent of the Department of Defense, NSRI’s response was rapid and accurate

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Airplane interbay military aircraft testing and validation
Medical counter measures loading a body onto a plane

Transportation isolation systems validation

The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha has unique and invaluable experience in the transport and treatment of patients with highly infectious diseases. The U. S. Department of Defense came to UNMC and NSRI to validate its Transport Isolation System (TIS) for highly infectious patients. UNMC, NSRI, Indiana University, and the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General developed training and protocols to successfully validate and prepare the TIS for use.

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Oxygenated microbubbles

Traumatic lung injury often leads to death, particularly on the battlefield, since the body relies on the lungs to provide oxygen. UNMC, UNL, and University of Colorado-Boulder researchers developed and validated a patented, life-saving solution using oxygenated microbubbles to bypass damaged lung tissue and release oxygen into the abdomen. Microbubbles technology can increase the survival of injured, forward-deployed warfighters in lowresource environments and victims of mass casualty events.

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Nebraska drug discovery and development pipeline team

Nebraska drug discovery and development pipeline

University of Nebraska, NSRI, federal and pharmaceutical industry partners are working on a drug discovery and development pipeline to help advance critically needed drugs that are not of interest to the pharmaceutical industry.

The first drugs under development in the pipeline protect or mitigate the lethal effects of radiation exposure. Recent efforts have focused on the development of therapeutic antibodies that could be used to treat COVID-19 patients.

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Preparing the scientists of the future

To provide basic scientists with formal training in methods for understanding the global public health and national security applications of their work, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has launched the Biodefense and Health Security interdisciplinary graduate-level program.

It is critical that biodefense and health security students are trained with the principles to conduct research aimed at protecting civilian and military populations as well as with an appreciation for the unique research applications in this area.

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Work With NSRI

As USSTRATCOM’s University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska provides an invaluable understanding of strategic deterrence and CBRNE-related requirements gaps. Our Institute’s rapid-response capabilities can help meet your research and solutions needs. Connect with us to find out what we can accomplish together.

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