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Dr. Karl E. Friedl

Dr. Karl E. Friedl
Senior Research Scientist Performance Physiology
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

Dr. Karl E. Friedl received B.A. (1976) and M.A. (1979) degrees in zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Ph.D. degree in biology (1984) through the Institute of Environmental Stress in the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Friedl retired from thirty years of active duty service in the Army in 2013, where he had last served as Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Previously, he served as Commander, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM); Director, Army Operational Medicine Research Program; Principal Investigator, USARIEM; and Chief of Physiology and Biostatistics Service, Madigan Army Medical Center.

Dr. Friedl's research has been focused on extending limits of human physiological performance. He has made specific contributions in the areas of endocrine regulation in semi starvation, physiological effects of anabolic steroids, body composition methods and standards, physiological monitoring, and metrics of research return on investment. He has published nearly 200 original articles, book chapters, technical reports, and commentaries, and made over 250 scientific presentations at national and international meetings. He is a co-inventor on an Army patent for a system for remote neuropsychological assessment. He has served as chair of numerous NATO and Army panels and committees, and served on program review committees for NASA, National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Wellcome Trust, and university thesis committees in Iceland, Italy, France and Finland. During his Army research management assignments Friedl was responsible for administration of $3.5 B in appropriated RDT&E funds and organized major initiatives such as the Defense Women's Health Research Program (DWHRP), Technologies for Metabolic Monitoring (TMM), Bone Health and Military Medical Readiness (BHMMR), Gulf War Illnesses research program (GWIRP), and the Army's Parkinson's research program (NETRP).

Dr. Friedl is a Professor (adjunct) in the Department of Neurology at University of California, San Francisco. He also currently serves as Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

This year he was recognized with a Professional Career Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He has been recognized with national awards from both the Parkinson's Action Network (Udall Award) and the Alzheimer's Association (Ronald and Nancy Reagan Award) for his advocacy of "dual use" research that has helped to advance research for the Soldiers as well as serving the needs of neurodegenerative disease patients. He has also received a Founder's Award from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the Diabetes Research Leadership Award from the Diabetes Technology Society, the Society of Armed Forces Medical Laboratory Scientists (SAFMLS) Outstanding Research and Development Scientist Award, the French National Order of Merit (Chevalier), the Legion of Merit (2nd Oakleaf Cluster), and the Order of Military Medical Merit.

Stephen R. Muza, Ph.D.

Stephen R. Muza, Ph.D.
Deputy Director Science and Technology
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

Dr. Stephen R. Muza earned his B.A. from Miami University, Oxford, OH in 1974 and was commissioned in the US Air Force upon graduation. He served as an ICBM Combat Crew Deputy Commander, 321st Strategic Missile Wing, Grand Forks AFB, ND. During this period he earned an M.S. in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of North Dakota. After leaving active duty, he earned his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Kentucky in 1981.

Dr. Muza entered the US Army Medical Service Corps and served as a research physiologist in the Military Ergonomics Division, USARIEM for four years. After leaving the Army in 1987, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Temple University Medical School. He returned to USARIEM in a civilian research physiologist position in 1991, and became the Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division Chief in December 2012.

In September 2016 Dr. Muza was appointed as the first USARIEM Deputy Director of Science and Technology (S&T) serving as science advisor to the Commander and is responsible for product transition planning, stakeholder outreach and S&T management.

Dr. Muza's research has focused on physiological adaptations and pathophysiology of altitude exposure as well as respiratory physiology. He has published over 100 open literature publications, numerous book chapters and technical reports, and presented more than 80 invited lectures at numerous professional societies, universities, and foreign conferences. He is active within the American Physiological Society, a Fellow within the American College of Sports Medicine, and International Society of Mountain Medicine.

In addition to conducting numerous hypobaric chamber and Pikes Peak research studies, Dr. Muza has led biomedical expeditions to the base of Mt. Everest, Nepal, and the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. He is an international expert in environmental physiology and medicine with emphasis in High-Altitude Medicine, and serves on many scientific panels including those of the US Army Medical Research and Material Development Command, and the Defense Health Agency.

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