Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (Bethesda, MD)

Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute

Program Dates: TBD

You must be 16 or older and a U.S. citizen to participate in SEAP at AFRRI. Permanent residents will not be considered for the program.

Mission: To protect humankind through research that advances the understanding of the effects of ionizing radiation.

The unique resources of the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute enable advancements in the protection of soldiers and citizens. 
To meet mission requirements, the institute collaborates with other government facilities, academic institutions, and civilian laboratories in the United States and other countries to research the biological effects of ionizing radiation. In addition, it provides medical training and emergency response to manage incidents related to radiation exposure.
AFRRI, an institute of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, is located on the grounds of the Naval Support Activity Bethesda, also home to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
AFRRI research focuses on methods to prevent, assess, and treat injuries resulting from the effects of ionizing radiation.  There are 4 major research areas at AFRRI:
Biological Dosimetry
Mission: Develop rapid, high-precision analytical methods that assess radiation exposure doses from clinical samples and thus aid in the triage and medical management of radiological casualties for military personnel and civilian responders.
Biodosimetry actions are needed in suspected overexposures.
Radiation Injury Combined with Other Trauma
Mission: To develop medical treatments for irradiated personnel whose exposure is compounded by traumatic wounds, burns, hemorrhage, and/or infection. Treatment strategies under investigation include biological response modifiers, new antimicrobial agents, probiotics, and stem cells, used individually or in combination.
The Radiation Injury Combined with Other Trauma Program, since establishment in 2007, has reached the following findings:
Internal Contamination and Metal Toxicity
Mission: To determine whether the short-term and long-term radiological and toxicological risks of embedded metals warrant changes in the current combat and postcombat fragment removal policies for military personnel and, in the case of internalized radiological hazards, to investigate treatment strategies to enhance elimination of these metals from the body.
Radiation Countermeasures
Mission: To develop pharmacological countermeasures to radiation injury that can be used by military personnel and emergency responders.