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medical Countermeasures & Response

Biennial Report 2020

Leveraging Medical and Science Partners for Life-Saving Treatment


Highlighted Deliverables

Nebraska drug discovery and development pipeline team

Nebraska Drug 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.


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 low resource environments and victims of mass casualty events.

Infectious disease patient care & transport

The infectious diseases team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has gained unique, invaluable experience in transporting and treating patients suffering from highly infectious diseases. They’ve taken their experience caring for Ebola patients in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and begun to apply this understanding to en route care of patients being transported in isolation from remote locations.

UNMC, NSRI and the University of Indiana has worked closely with the Department of State and U.S. Air Force personnel to implement and evaluate technology, patient handling and staff training/protocols for both agencies.

In addition, UNMC and NSRI staff are actively involved in the training and education of both military and civilian health care workers through the National Ebola Training and Education Center as well as other initiatives sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response and the Department of Defense.

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.

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 CWMD mission requirements gaps. Our institute’s rapid-response capabilities can help meet critical research and development needs. Connect with us to learn more.

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