HJF President, CEO Participates in ‘Science and Synergy’ Research Summit

HJF President and CEO Joseph Caravalho, Jr., M.D., recently served as a panelist during the “Science and Synergy” Spring Research Summit. Hosted by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Department of Research Programs, the May 30 summit capped the center’s annual Research and Innovation month.

Top military medical researchers from a range of medical fields formed several panels to discuss emerging tools in research, spark new ideas, and examine the future of research funding and partnerships.

Army Colonel Peter J. Weina, chief of the Department of Research Programs, moderated a panel on the future of partnerships, which have long been integral to medicine’s growth, he said.

During the discussion, Caravalho stressed that future research partnerships must center on the concrete needs of soldiers, sailors and airmen.

“Here’s the secret sauce: We revolve around the world of the warfighters,” Caravalho said. “The endpoint is not publication; the endpoint is knowledge or a product.”

The federal government can provide an array of resources for research, said Freda Krosnick, chief of the Business Office in the Department of Research Programs, adding that the relationship between the federal government and industry is a “two-way street” and a “win-win for everyone.”