The Indiana University School of Public Health, working with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska (NSRI), and Nebraska Medicine and been conducting military research and training exercises for the Department of Defense (DoD) and providing training for civilian responders from across the nation.
The team of 11 investigators from Indiana, Nebraska, and NSRI over the past 12 months evaluating the United States Air Mobility Command’s Transport Isolation System (TIS). The interdisciplinary team is part of a project to develop and implement health security training and education, clinical research, and basic research.
Dr. Shawn Gibbs, executive associate dean for academic affairs at the Indiana University School of Public Health and formerly the associate dean for student affairs at the UNMC College of Public Health, was part of the original UNMC biocontainment team.
“This unique partnership between the U.S. Air Force and its academic partners has the potential to help redefine capabilities for aeromedical evacuation of highly infectious patients,” he said.
“This program will add another and more robust tool for the U.S. Air Force to support DoD assets as they respond to future needs associated with highly infectious disease outbreaks, while maintaining the safety of the crew members and our communities.”