Military Health Institute funds research to benefit military, families


The Health Science Center’s Military Health Institute has partnered with the Institute for the Integration of Medicine and Science to establish a Military Health Pilot Translational Research Program and has selected two pilot research projects for funding.

The first is a study by Susannah Nicholson, M.D., of the School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery, that is focused on trauma, inflammation and injury to the gastrointestinal microbiome.

The second is a study done in collaboration with Kirsten Hanson, Ph.D., of the University of Texas at San Antonio, that is focused on high-content screening for liver stage anti-malarials.

“Both of these projects have significant potential to impact military health in the years ahead due to their subject matter and the recent experiences of our service members overseas,” said Byron C. Hepburn, M.D., Maj. Gen. USAF (Ret.), director of the Military Health Institute.

Dr. Hepburn added that a second round of proposals will be reviewed this spring, with a goal of selecting and funding additional research projects by Health Science Center faculty.

The Military Health Institute was formally established in late 2014 to serve as the central hub for developing and enhancing collaborations between the university, military, community, and other like-minded organizations to increase efficiency and build capacity for medical research, health education, and clinical care initiatives focused on military health needs. The MHI’s overall mission is to improve the health of our nation’s military service members, veterans, and their families.

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