MTEC research is focused on technologies that can make the wounded whole again.
Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases
This technology area focuses on infectious diseases encountered by service members during deployment and those that can significantly impact performance. Research and development efforts may include vaccines, anti-parasitic drugs, deployable field clinical diagnostics (human and vector), prophylactics and novel therapeutics to treat multi-drug resistant organisms in combat wound infections, and vector control – pertinent to naturally occurring endemic diseases with demonstrated or potential capability to decrease military operational effectiveness.
Care of Combat Casualties
This technology area focuses on the development of medical interventions that can be used on the battlefield to reduce morbidity and mortality. Research and development may include efforts to develop and evaluate drugs, biologics, and/or devices for hemorrhage control, resuscitation and blood products; diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury; treatments for extremity trauma, tissue injury, lung injury and burns; en route care and intensive critical care (including advanced monitoring and pre-hospital care).
Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine
This technology area focuses on innovation in definitive and rehabilitative care to reset wounded Service members in terms of duty, performance, and quality of life. Efforts may include developing medical technologies (drugs, biologics, and/or devices) and treatments/rehabilitation strategies (methods, guidelines, standards, and information) for acute and chronic pain management, regenerative medicine and composite tissue engineering, neuromusculoskeletal injuries (including advanced prosthetics and orthotics), and sensory systems (vision, hearing and balance restoration).
Military Operational Medicine
This technology area focuses on developing effective countermeasures against stressors and to maximize health, performance, and fitness. Research and development efforts may include diagnostics, treatments, and training solutions to prevent or reduce injury and improve physiological and psychological health and resilience. This objective also includes environmental health and protection including the assessment and sustainment of health and the operational effectiveness of Service members exposed to harsh operational environments including altitude, cold, heat, and exposure to environmental health hazards.
Medical Simulation and Information Sciences
This technology area focuses on exploring the implications for the use of technology for medical training and for the provision, management, and support of health services in the military. Research and development efforts may include improving military medical training through medical simulation, educational gaming, and objective training metrics, and improving the use and sharing of health related data for better strategic planning, process development, and software applications.
Advanced Medical Technologies
This technology area focuses on developing initiatives and products that will increase medical mobility while ensuring access to essential medical expertise and support regardless of the operating environment. Efforts may include e-health, digital warrior, hospital of the future integrative medicine, advanced orthopedic devices and treatments, advanced medical imaging technologies, robotic technologies to treat and rescue battlefield casualties, nanotechnology and biomaterials for diagnosis and therapy, technologies for treating neurological injuries, and regenerative medicine.