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DVIDS – News – U.S. Army medical laboratory forges relationship with Australian Defence Force institute

DVIDS – News – U.S. Army medical laboratory forges relationship with Australian Defence Force institute

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BRISBANE, Australia – American Soldiers from a one-of-a-sort U.S. Army professional medical laboratory satisfied with their counterparts at the Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Illness Institute (ADFMIDI) in Brisbane, Australia.

Troopers from the 1st Area Clinical Laboratory were hosted by Professor G. Dennis Shanks, the director of the Australian Army Malaria Analysis Institute, and Australian Defence Pressure Lt. Col. Brady McPherson, the ADFMIDI commanding officer.

Initially from Atlanta, Shanks was an lively-responsibility U.S. Military officer for additional than 20 many years and he performed study and undertook discipline testing in Southeast Asia, South America and Africa. Shanks also invested substantial time operating at Aberdeen Proving Floor, Maryland, where by the 1st Spot Medical Laboratory is headquartered.

Following his retirement in the United States in 2006, Shanks was appointed director of the Australian Military Malaria Exploration Institute.

Col. Matthew J. Grieser, the commanding officer of the 1st Area Medical Laboratory, mentioned the take a look at to the ADFMIDI headquarters at the Gallipoli Barracks in the Enoggera suburb of Brisbane, Australia, was a observe-up meeting involving the allied commands.

“Previously, reps from the 1st AML and ADFMIDI had fulfilled and conversed each formally and informally at the American Society for Tropical Drugs and Hygiene 2022 Symposia in Seattle,” mentioned Grieser, who is initially from Mulino, Oregon, and has commanded the 1st Space Clinical Laboratory due to the fact July 2021.

Grieser and his senior enlisted advisor, Sgt. Maj. Jackie S. Mims, visited Australia with Maj. Joshua M. Carmen, the 1st AML Biology Part officer-in-demand, and Maj. Andrew A. Clack, the 1st AML Occupational and Environmental Wellness Area officer-in-demand. Carmen and Clack are also both equally U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) Troop 1 sales opportunities.

A former enlisted Army medic, Grieser has deployed to Afghanistan 4 occasions and Iraq 5 instances. The seasoned veteran has also served in Haiti, Panama and New Orleans subsequent Hurricane Katrina. The 1st AML commanding officer said the take a look at helped to strengthen an crucial partnership.

“ADFMIDI signifies an ally-country doing the job companion of appreciable importance. The business is Australia’s Office of Defence infectious disease investigate institute, with extensive-proven associations and believe in with associate militaries in INDOPACOM’s spot of operations, which include in Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and Vietnam,” reported Grieser. “Engagement with the ADFMIDI staff in Brisbane was a privilege and there is important likely for additional collaborations and future engagements.”

Grieser said there was mission overlap between the 1st AML and ADFMIDI that could be leveraged to make both equally corporations much better.

“ADFMIDI has a sturdy software and can share a long time of institutional working experience in each laboratory techniques and fieldwork,” stated Grieser. He included that they prepare to concentrate on a mosquito-borne zoonotic an infection referred to as the Ross River Virus that has previously impacted both Australia Defence Drive and U.S. assistance members.

The 1st Area Medical Laboratory is aspect of the 44th Medical Brigade and 20th Chemical, Organic, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, the U.S. military’s leading all hazards command.

The 1st AML identifies and evaluates health and fitness hazards by distinctive healthcare laboratory analyses and swift health and fitness hazard assessments of nuclear, biological, chemical, endemic condition, occupational and environmental overall health threats.

According to Grieser, Troopers from the 1st Location Clinical Laboratory have labored with navy medical pros about the environment to bolster their potential to detect and detect threats to citizens and company customers. The 1st AML also often satisfies and trains with South Korean and NATO navy health-related experts.

“Together with our allies, our command contributes to our nation’s clinical diplomacy by forging and strengthening critical associations and partnerships that support to help save lives and empower mission readiness,” stated Grieser.

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Day Taken: 01.12.2023
Day Posted: 01.12.2023 15:57
Story ID: 436694
Spot: BRISBANE, QLD, AU 
Hometown: ATLANTA, GA, US
Hometown: MULINO, OR, US

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