School of Medicine Receives Military Training Grant

MU’s School of Medicine has received a $5.3 million grant to research the effectiveness of current military medical training methods.

By Stacy Ike (Columbia, Mo.)

The grant will fund three critical areas of research that will be lead by more than 30 civilian and military experts across the country. Stephen Barnes, the principal investigator of the grant project, said the grant will prepare medics for all trauma situations.

“Its going to give us the most effective tools in training tomorrows combats medics to continue to improve the outcomes of those wounded in support of our nation’s freedom. ”

MU Vice Chancellor for research Robert Duncan said MU’s reputation influenced the grant process.

"The whole grant proposal cycle itself is maybe 9 months but the process of having the high credibility to win such nice opportunity that comes from literally decades of building a comprehensive capability here at the University of Missouri," Duncan said.

Burns believes collaborative work between surgeons across the county will make a difference in combat training.