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HJF Awarded $34 Million for Navy Sepsis Research Program
[March 05, 2014]

HJF Awarded $34 Million for Navy Sepsis Research Program

BETHESDA, Md. --(Business Wire)--

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) has received a cooperative agreement from the Naval Medical Logistics Command to support clinical research for severe sepsis.

The Foundation will partner with three U.S. educational institutions-Duke University, George Mason University and University of Washington-and Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Uganda under the cooperative agreement for the Austere environments Consortium for Enhanced Sepsis Outcomes (ACESO). HJF will also coordinate with The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Naval Medical Research Unit 2 in Cambodia.

The work aims to improve early recognition, diagnosis and clinical management of patients with sepsis in resource-limited settings. In austere settings, such as military deployments, public health emergencies and health care centers in developing countries, the initial presetation of sepsis may occur where access to advanced diagnostics and intensive care unit-level care is extremely limited.

Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection. The disease occurs when chemicals enter the bloodstream to fight infection and cause excessive inflammation that can damage organs. Medical authorities estimate that 20 million patients are afflicted with sepsis each year around the globe. Septicemia is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

"This cooperative agreement is a vivid example of the importance of global collaboration in today's world of military medicine," said John W. Lowe, HJF's President and CEO. "Our foundation has a long history of supporting military medical research programs in Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as North and South America. We look forward to bringing our international expertise and experience to work for this important sepsis research."

Key initiatives of the cooperative agreement include a randomized controlled trial of clinical management strategies in Uganda and observational studies of patients with sepsis in Cambodia and several U.S. military treatment facilities. The $34 million award has a five-year period of performance.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine is a private, not-for-profit organization established in 1983 and authorized by Congress to support medical research and education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and throughout the broader military medical community. For more information, visit

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