Research Programs

HJF supports more than 1,000 research projects, ranging from small bench-top projects to complex, multi-site programs. The breadth of our scientific and management capabilities is evident from the types of programs we support.

Featured Programs

HJF supports this international and tri-service research effort to protect U.S. troops from infection and reduce the global impact of HIV by developing a globally effective HIV-1 vaccine. Centered at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the program also aims to provide prevention, care and treatment through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is the nation's federal health sciences university serving the uniformed services and the country as an academic health sciences center with a worldwide perspective for education, research, service and consultation. HJF supports the University’s unique capabilities in relating these activities to military medicine, disaster medicine and military medical readiness.
HJF supports the tri-service Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program in designing, conducting and publishing collaborative clinical infectious disease research. Centered at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and in partnership with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the program and its research network have developed a full range of infectious disease research protocols, including HIV, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and other multiple drug-resistant organisms.
Congress established the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine to address the need for innovative traumatic brain injury (TBI) research. Based at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the program aims to advance treatment and care for TBI that occurs in military service, and utilizes expert technical and management support services from the Foundation.
The Biosciences Technology Program employs innovative technology and science in protecting Air Force servicemembers from the threats of chemical and biological warfare. The Foundation contributes its research expertise to the program and the Air Force Research Laboratory, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Since its inception in 2000, the Breast Cancer Translational Research Center of Excellence has led the way in the fight against breast disorders and made major advances in breast disease research. Its unique multidisciplinary approach supports its goal of increasing the survival rates of American women diagnosed with breast cancer. HJF’s administrative and management resources help the program accomplish its mission.
The mission of the Center for Global Health Engagement (formerly the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine) is to integrate, lead and synchronize contributions of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences to U.S. Department of Defense Global Health Engagement and National Security Objectives. The center provides a hub for global health engagement thought leadership and knowledge; strategic communications; operational support; training and professional development; research; and assessment, monitoring and evaluation.
The Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR) was established in 1991 by Congress to study prostate cancer and disease in the U.S. Military Health System. The center offers a comprehensive research program and provides advanced translational clinical research care for more than 7,900 beneficiaries annually.
To improve prevention, early recognition, diagnosis and effective treatment of severe sepsis from all causes in austere environments, HJF supports the Austere environments Consortium for Enhanced Sepsis Outcomes (ACESO) project. The focus of the work is on etiologic causes that currently have no specific therapies and that pose unique risks to the military with respect to outbreaks, deployed forces or deliberate-use scenarios.
The Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) seeks to improve the management of pain in military and civilian medicine through clinical research efforts. The center, established in 2003, has become a model for effective integration of acute and chronic pain medicine. The aim of the work is to develop consensus recommendations for the Air Force, Army, Navy, Military Health System and Veterans Health Administration integrated pain management communities for improvements in pain medicine policies, practice, education and research.
The Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research is advancing rehabilitative care for service members with combat-related injuries, particularly those with orthopaedic trauma, limb loss and neurological complications. Established in 2011, the center promotes injured service members’ successful return to duty and community reintegration. The goal of the center is to foster innovation, incorporate clinical and technical advances in the rehabilitative care of service members, and disseminate new discoveries in a highly efficient manner within the military treatment facilities.
The Human Performance Resource Center was created for U.S. service members their families and those in the field of human performance optimization who support them. The goal of the center, which is an initiative of the Department of Defense, is to help service members optimize their missions as safely and effectively as possible. The center provides guidance on injury prevention, heat safety, managing the stages of deployment, stress management and more.