Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI)Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI)Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
The Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) oversees the DoD Medical Radiological Defense Research Program. AFRRI conducts extensive research to develop medical prophylactic and therapeutic countermeasures against ionizing radiation and to develop rapid methods that assess radiation exposure doses.
The Radiation Biodosimetry Division of AFRRI uses parameters such as early-response changes in hematology, protein biomarkers for early-phase, organ-specific and late effects radiation contamination, and clinical symptoms to make assessments of radioactive contamination. Developing and optimizing assays and field deployable tools is a core mission of the division.
New drug candidates and biological dose assessment technologies are developed up to and through preclinical testing and evaluation.
Areas of expertise and highlighted programs include:
- Medical Countermeasures
- Assessment of Radiation Injury (Biodosimetry)
- Combined Injury: Radiation with Other Injuries
- Internal Contamination
- Low Dose, Dose Rate and Late Effects
- Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation (MEIR) training
- Medical Radiobiology Advisory Team (MRAT)
AFRRI participates in cooperative research with other federal agencies involved in homeland security and emergency medical preparedness. AFRRI falls under the authority of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).
Editor’s Picks: Articles and resources related to AFRRI. Links may lead to external sites.
- Scientists Protect Mice from Gamma Radiation with Deinococcus Elixir (Aug 2016)
- Gamma-tocotrienol Progenitor: A Promising Radiation Countermeasure (Aug 2016)
- Establishment of Early Endpoints in Mouse Total-Body Irradiation Model (Aug 2016)
- Non-human Primate Total-body Irradiation Model (Jul 2016)
- Federal Government Launches Patient Radiation Exposure Management App (Jun 2016)
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission Routine Announced Inspection Report (Feb 2016)
- Naval Support Activity Bethesda Trains for Suspicious Package (Feb 2016)
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