Newswise — Bethesda, Md – Post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, obesity, cancer, infectious disease, and combat casualty care are among the hundreds of research results being presented during the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ annual Research Days, May 14-15, 2014. This year’s theme, ‘Celebrating Excellence in Research’ reflects the complementary roles nursing, public health, behavioral science, basic science, and medicine play in health promotion.

Among the activities being held during the two-day event on the USU campus in Bethesda, Md., are the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) Research Colloquium, the Graduate Student Colloquium, the Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium and the Faculty Senate Research Day. The program also includes seminars and lectures, poster presentations by USU faculty and students, oral presentations by graduate students in both basic sciences and nursing research, and lectures by prominent speakers.

USU’s graduate nursing school dean Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw, who was recently named a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing, will deliver the Presidential Lecture, “Shaping Health Policy Through Research: One Discipline's Journey.”

Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, who is a Visiting Professor with the Boston College Graduate School of Nursing, will present the Faye G. Abdellah Lecture, “Sexual Trauma: A Research Program Targeting Victims and Offenders.”

The John W. Bullard Lecture, “Preventing HPV-associated Cancers by Vaccination: The Future Confronts the Present,” will be given by Dr. Douglas R. Lowy, deputy director, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md.

Army Major Brandon Gage, a comprehensive dentist at the U.S. Army Dental Clinic at the Kleber Kaserne in Germany will present, “A Report on a Thesis: Surface Detail Accuracy and Dimensional Stability of a New Hybrid Vinyl Polyether Siloxane Impression Material under Dry and Moist Conditions,” the Dental Award Lecture.

Dr. Julie Segre, senior investigator, Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch Head, Epithelial Biology Section, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, is this year’s Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium speaker and will deliver, “Microbial Genomics: Tracking Multi-Drug Resistant Bacterial Pathogens with Whole Genome Sequencing.”

Dr. Robert Ursano, professor and chair of psychiatry in USU’s F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, USU, will present the James J. Leonard Award Lecture, “Risk, Resilience and National Security: Suicide, PTSD, TBI and Army STARRS.”

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About USUThe Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, founded by an act of Congress in 1972, is the nation’s federal health sciences university and the academic heart of the Military Health System. USU students are primarily active duty uniformed officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Public Health Service who receive specialized education in tropical and infectious diseases, TBI and PTSD, disaster response and humanitarian assistance, global health, and acute trauma care. A large percentage of the university’s more than 5,000 physician and nearly 700 advanced practice nursing alumni are supporting operations around the world, offering their leadership and expertise. USU also has graduate programs in biomedical sciences and public health committed to excellence in research, and in oral biology. The University's research program covers a wide range of clinical and other topics important to both the military and public health. For more information about USU and its programs, visit

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