News


2019

Army researchers developing Augmented Reality software for field care
June 24, 2019

X-ray vision might be a thing of fiction, but with the use of Augmented Reality, or AR, technology, it could come closer to reality and even save warfighters' lives.

Read more

USARIEM patching ceremony signifies realignment under Army Futures Command
June 4, 2019

At the direction of U.S. Army leadership, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, based in Fort Detrick, Maryland, has been re-designated as the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (MRDC) and has realigned to the Army Futures Command (AFC), as of June 1.

Read more

Soldier scientists talk nutrition and performance at Boston Museum of Science
April 13, 2019

Two Soldier-scientists from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) talked to locals today at the Boston Museum of Science about some of the latest research aimed at keeping troops fueled for peak performance.

Read more

Senior Research Scientist for Physiology joins U.S.-Canadian Arctic field exercise
April 2, 2019

There are very cold environments and then there is Arctic cold.

Read more

SecArmy visit highlights role of science for Soldier readiness
March 19, 2019

The secretary came to Natick to learn about research initiatives and the unique value of NSSC to the Army Futures Command. Esper was especially interested in learning about the Army's research efforts on examining body composition and physical fitness standards, knowledge which would contribute to guidance on recruiting, retention, and Soldier readiness.

Read more


2018

Talk to the Hand: Army researchers developing tool to warm hands without gloves
December 21, 2018

Scientists from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, are developing a new device, called the Personal Heating Dexterity Device, or PhD2, for warming the hands and fingers in cold weather without the help of gloves.

Read more

U.S. Army and UK researchers study jet lag remedy in Brunei
November 30, 2018

Could breathing reduced oxygen help warfighters recover from jet lag faster? In an effort to find out, U.S. Army and U.K. researchers recently conducted a jet lag study on British warfighters who traveled to the lush rainforests of Brunei.

Read more

S2PRINT takes USARIEM research to the next level
November 30, 2018

The Soldier Squad Performance Research Institute (S2PRINT) a partnership between the Natick Soldier, Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) and the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) is expected to become operational early in 2023. The researchers at USARIEM are already looking ahead at what the new center will provide to enhance their research.

Read more

Army researchers developing heat illness mitigation app
October 30, 2018

Warfighters can lose valuable training days due to unit leaders taking overzealous safety precautions, and as a result, they cannot learn and practice the necessary skills to become a ready and lethal force. However, warfighters training rigorously while forgoing safety can lead to disastrous consequences such as heat illness. These consequences can cost the U.S. military valuable training time, money and operational readiness.

Read more

Army researchers study nutrition and performance at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center
September 17, 2018

Approximately ten thousand feet above sea level, in the Toiyabe National Forest in California, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, scientists traveled to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, or MCMWTC, this summer to assess energy expenditure, energy intake and physical performance in warfighters during mountain warfare training.

Read more

Army researchers partner with Fort Benning to study heat illness in 2,000 Soldiers
August 16, 2018

Recently, in an effort to study ways to predict heat illness, researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, strapped wearable sensors on Soldiers from the 75th Ranger Regiment as they completed the first and second Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, or RASP, at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Read more

USARIEM gives kids hands-on experience in science through 2018 GEMS program
August 9, 2018

The USARIEM is once again sponsoring the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science, better known as the GEMS program, an extracurricular summer science education program that enables middle-school-aged students to experience science in a laboratory setting.

Read more

USARIEM welcomes 22nd commander
July 11, 2018

Col. Sean S. O'Neil became the 22nd commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, in a June 10 change of command ceremony.

Read more

Construction of new USARIEM Pikes Peak laboratory begins this summer
June 22, 2018

After standing on the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado for more than 50 years, the walls of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, High Altitude Research Laboratory are finally coming down this summer.

Read more

USARIEM partners to explore using virtual humans to measure cognitive performance
June 15, 2018

Facial expressions, body movements and features of speech can communicate volumes about a person's physical, cognitive and emotional states.

Read more

Army Research Lab Studies Four Thousand Army Recruits To Investigate Injury Risk
April 27, 2018

With the U.S. Army's dedicated focus on improving readiness and lethality of the present and future force, one of the biggest questions military leaders, training schools, medics and researchers face is this: How can the U.S. Army build more resilient warfighters who are resistant to musculoskeletal injury?

Read more

Army Laboratory Study Examines Impact of Military Physical Exercise on Bone Health
April 5, 2018

The exercise physiology laboratory located within the USARIEM has been bustling with activity this month with researchers collecting bone health data from 30 female research volunteers in an effort to better understand how bones, and hormones that affect bone regrowth, respond when new recruits start their first days of initial military training.

Read more


2017

Army Researchers Redefine Altitude Ascent Guidance for High-Altitude Missions
October 23, 2017

An Army-led altitude field study conducted last summer on the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has redefined altitude ascent guidance for Soldiers who have to make multiple trips between sea level and high altitude.

Read more

Army Appoints New Senior Research Scientist Performance Physiology
October 12, 2017

The Secretary of the Army announced the appointment of Dr. Karl Friedl, a senior scientist and director of the Strategic Science Management Office at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, to the position of Senior Research Scientist Performance Physiology.

Read more

USARIEM Gives Kids Hands-On Experience in Science Through 2017 GEMS Program
September 19, 2017

School is back in session, and students are back to hitting the books as they learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, hopefully to develop a passion for it and pursue a job in a STEM field.

Read more

USARIEM Brings Science to the Warfighter During Leapfest 2017
August 10, 2017

At first glance, the 300 paratroopers competing at this year's Leapfest on Aug. 6 weren't quite sure what to think of the interesting-looking chest harnesses, as they noticed the four Natick Soldiers strapping them around their ribcages before donning the rest of their uniforms, static-lines and parachutes.

Read more

USARIEM Partners with Norway for Eating Behavior study
July 24, 2017

About two hours north of Oslo, in the bitter cold of Elverum, Norway, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, scientists partnered with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency to conduct an eating behavior field study in an effort to improve nutritional intake and military ration design for Soldiers operating in cold weather.

Read more

USARIEM Team Awarded Second Quarter Wolf Pack Award for OPAT Research
June 27, 2017

The Physical Performance Optimization and Assessment Team from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, received the Army Medicine Wolf Pack Award for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 for their years of physical and physiological research with the Training and Doctrine Command to develop the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT.

Read more

USARIEM showcases Performance Readiness Bar at 2017 Pentagon Lab Day
May 23, 2017

A broad audience ranging from high school students and military cadets to general officers and government Senior Executive Service had an opportunity during the Department of Defense Lab Day at the Pentagon on May 18 to learn about the science behind the Performance Readiness Bar, a calcium and vitamin D-fortified snack bar developed to optimize bone health in basic trainees.

Read more

Airmen dodge 30 heat stress cases with USARIEM's ECTemp algorithm
April 24, 2017

Temperatures are rising, and with warfighters operating in hot and humid conditions while wearing protective clothing or performing intense work, research to prevent heat illness from diminishing warfighter performance and posing significant health risks is on the rise, as well.

Read more

Natick researchers host 2017 Dietetic Intern Day
April 14, 2017

Natick Soldier Systems Center, or NSSC, got a little more crowded on April 12, with approximately 50 interns from numerous programs throughout the local Boston area entering the gates to attend this year's Dietetic Intern Day.

Read more

USARIEM develops virtual X-rays of anatomic avatars
March 24, 2017

Scientists from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, have been involved since 2010 in developing a computer program to create full-body, complete-anatomy avatars of individual warfighters, which would make an impact on military medicine throughout the U.S. Army.

Read more

USARIEM featured in new television program "Science Works!"
March 2, 2017

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, whose mission is to optimize warfighter health and performance through military medical research, was featured in the new TV program "Science Works!," which aired at 8 a.m. Feb. 24 on the Science Channel.

Read more

The science behind the Occupational Physical Assessment Test
February 22, 2017

Mention the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT, to Soldiers, and most will know about the battery of four physical performance tests that, starting in 2017, the Army administers to all recruits to assess their physical performance capabilities to determine if they should be allowed to join the Army.

Read more


2016

Army researchers study nutrition requirements for high-altitude missions
November 21, 2016

It's old news that warfighters conducting combat operations in mountainous regions like Afghanistan can experience significant loss of weight and muscle mass.

Read more

USARIEM developing algorithm to predict acute mountain sickness in Soldiers
October 24, 2016

Every Soldier is different, and this cannot be more evident when troops deployed to the same mountainous terrain experience symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness.

Read more

Pikes Peak laboratory: USARIEM's proud history of Army Medicine
August 15, 2016

The winding 14,115-foot ascent to the USARIEM's Maher Memorial Altitude Laboratory at the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado is something USARIEM researchers have described as a "time warp."

Read more

USARIEM Researches How To Sustain Acclimatization in Pikes Peak Laboratory
August 10, 2016

What goes up must come down. There has never been a more perfect expression to describe what altitude missions are like for Soldiers.

Read more

USARIEM Welcomes 21st Commander
June 16, 2016

Col. Raymond L. Phua became the 21st commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in a June 13 change of command ceremony.

Read more

USARIEM Soldier receives New Horizon Research Award
June 1, 2016

Maj. Joseph Kardouni, director of the USARIEM's Total Army Injury and Health Outcomes Database team, received the Army Medical Specialist Corps New Horizon Research Award on May 6 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

Read more

Eccles says goodbye to USARIEM
May 27, 2016

On his first day as commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in June 2014, Col. Thomas Eccles III, M.D., was approached by a longtime Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center employee.

Read more

Natick researchers give dietetic interns a taste of military nutrition
May 19, 2016

During Natick Soldier Systems Center's Annual Dietetic Intern Day on May 18, researchers from both the USARIEM's Military Nutrition Division and the Combat Feeding Directorate from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center hosted nearly 80 dietetic interns.

Read more

Army Research Institute develops app for acute mountain sickness
April 20, 2016

When Soldiers are suddenly hit with a wave of Acute Mountain Sickness while operating at high altitude, they might as well be considered casualties.

Read more

Soldier and scientist: making a difference at USARIEM
April 15, 2016

Capt. Laurel Smith was 8 years old when her uncle, now retired Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant, a Black Hawk pilot, was shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993.

Read more

USARIEM opens doors to high school students during National Biomechanics Day
April 11, 2016

High school students from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, toured the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine on April 7 as part of National Biomechanics Day.

Read more

Research Institute of Environmental Medicine creating 3-D Soldier Avatars
April 4, 2016

Since 2010 researchers at the USARIEM have taken on the mission to develop a computer program to create the full-body, complete-anatomy avatar of individual warfighters. Their goal is to create a 3-D full-anatomy avatar for any Soldier regardless of gender, shape or size.

Read more

Army's Research Institute conducts MRE study to improve gut health
March 29, 2016

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's Military Nutrition Division is studying ways to improve gut health and prevent gastrointestinal illness among Soldiers operating in austere environments.

Read more

USARIEM hosts 2016 Women's History Month observance
March 22, 2016

The Natick Soldier Systems Center celebrated Women's History Month at a ceremony held March 16 in Hunter Auditorium.

Read more

Army researches military retirees in ongoing weight-loss study
February 5, 2016

Making healthy New Year's resolutions is easy. Following them is hard. This year for military retirees, however, there's a new option for learning healthier lifestyles.

Read more


2015

What's cooking at USARIEM?
December 11, 2015

Imagine unwrapping a Meal, Ready-to-Eat and digging into nostalgic comfort cuisines, like Parachute Pork, Battalion Brownie Pops and Ranger Red Hot Party Mix. Who in the USARIEM is cooking up these creative concoctions, and where can we get some?

Read more

ComRaD wins Col. Rohland A. Isker Award
November 30, 2015

Tension was high at Research & Development Associates, an organization whose mission is to provide the safest and highest quality food and food service to the U.S. Armed Forces, when judges of the 2015 Colonel Rohland A. Isker Award debated over the winner.

Read more

USARIEM Soldier honored as an 'Angel of the Battlefield'
November 12, 2015

When Sgt. 1st Class Adam Morelli learned he had been nominated as the Army's "Angel of the Battlefield" honoree, he was surprised.

Read more

Ruck marching from Boston to New York to prevent veteran suicides
September 2, 2015

Two Soldiers and an Army Reservist who work at the USARIEM at Natick Soldier Systems Center will ruck march Sept. 8-11 from Boston to New York to raise money for a charity seeking to reduce veteran suicides.

Read more

Army researchers continue Physical Demands Study
May 22, 2015

Researchers, from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, traveled to Fort Carson, Colorado, three times this year as they continue to collect data for the Physical Demands Study.

Read more

USARIEM Soldier wins Medical Service Corps Award of Excellence Junior Officer Award
May 19, 2015

Capt. Carrie Quinn, a research physiologist with USARIEM, received the Medical Service Corps Award of Excellence Junior Officer Award during the annual Junior Officer Week gathering in Washington D.C.

Read more

Combat rations database allows Soldiers to learn about meals, ready-to-eat nutrition
March 17, 2015

When Soldiers rip open meals, ready-to-eat, also known as MRE, in a combat zone, most people probably are thinking more about flavor and filling their stomachs than about the nutrition.

Read more

Good chemistry: USARIEM and Harvard team up against PTSD, mTBI
March 12, 2015

Call it good chemistry. Researchers from the Army and Harvard Medical School are collaborating on a Department of Defense-funded study to identify chemical biomarkers that could differentiate between post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury.

Read more

Army researchers return to Norway for nutrition, cold-stress study in Arctic extremes
March 3, 2015

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, once again partnered with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment to study nutrition and physiological responses to cold-weather training.

Read more

Army launches weight loss trial program for adult dependents
February 9, 2015

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine launched a collaborative research study with Tufts University to assess the effectiveness of two weight-loss strategies.

Read more

Last Modified Date: 30 October 2014 FacebookTwitter