HELPING THE MILITARY
THE RISK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) was founded in 2005 to create a DoD resource for risk assessment and solutions regarding problems the military faces in the world of infectious diseases. Created under an interagency agreement between the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and through a cooperative agreement with The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF), the Program’s work is executed through a unique, adaptive and collaborative, international clinical research network. This one-of-a-kind network directly affects force readiness and positions IDCRP on the cutting edge of advancing clinical practice and informing health policy for military personnel.
In collaboration with partners from the Department of Defense (DoD), academia, government, and industry, IDCRP supports a broad clinical research portfolio within the Military Health System. From observational, longitudinal cohort studies to field-based interventional trials to the evaluation of long-term health outcomes, IDCRP conducts protocols that address critical knowledge gaps in the control and prevention of infectious diseases in the military. Study outcomes have far-reaching implications for public health and disease prevention beyond military communities.
More than 120 research and program-support personnel are employed by IDCRP. These exceptional individuals meet the challenge of supporting the diverse IDCRP portfolio, which includes clinical research spanning retrospective observational studies to prospective clinical trials.
More than half of our personnel directly interact with research study subjects at clinical sites within the military hospital/clinic network. Clinical research coordinators comprise the majority of these professionals. Additional members of the IDCRP staff include clinical investigators based at military clinical sites and USU and protocol-support personnel, such as clinical research and site managers, program and data managers, laboratory staff, and biostatisticians.
The expertise of IDCRP staff members includes infectious diseases, epidemiology, preventive medicine, public health, microbiology, data programming, statistical analysis, finance, program management, and regulatory affairs. Staff members are distributed within DoD medical treatment facilities, USU, and operational clinics within the United States, as well as at overseas locations. More than half of IDCRP personnel have earned at least two degrees and everyone within the team adds to the wealth of knowledge and experience that has led to the success of the IDCRP.
To substantially reduce the impact of infectious diseases in the military population through collaborative clinical research.
For more information, please see the IDCRP brochure.
“TO CONDUCT INFECTIOUS DISEASE CLINICAL RESEARCH OF IMPORTANCE TO THE MILITARY
THROUGH A UNIQUE, ADAPTIVE, AND COLLABORATIVE NETWORK TO INFORM HEALTH POLICY AND
CLINICAL PRACTICE AND DISSEMINATE FINDINGS THROUGHOUT THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY.”
Education & Mentorship
Our long-standing commitment to developing the next generation of infectious disease clinical researchers in the US Military provides mentored research opportunities to medical and public health students, medical residents, and infectious disease fellows. The Program also assists in developing a clinical research capstone curriculum in infectious diseases for medical students.
We partner with some of the leading innovators in Infectious Diseases around the country to bring the best resources to our students. During 2017, trainees conducted clinical research with IDCRP mentors resulting in 13 oral and poster presentations at national scientific conferences, and 5 published manuscripts.