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Leidos awarded contract to study health impact of ops on submariners

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The US Navy has awarded Leidos a $28 million contract to study health impacts of operations on submariners (Source US Dept of Defense)

Leidos has been awarded a follow-on contract by the US Naval Medical Logistics Command to support biomedical research and development at its Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL).

Leidos has been awarded a follow-on contract by the US Naval Medical Logistics Command to support biomedical research and development at its Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL).

NSMRL provides innovative, human-centric research solutions to sustain superiority in the undersea domain. Leidos will support this mission by conducting research studies and analyses, developing guidelines, and supporting new initiatives.

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The investigations will focus on submariner wellness, submariner psychological factors, shipboard and diving force health protection, human factors, and undersea warfighter health and performance.

"Leidos employs a multi-disciplinary approach to R&D that has enabled us to uncover meaningful and actionable information to support the customer’s mission," said Leidos health group president Jon Scholl.

NSMRL provides research solutions to the most medically challenging platform in the Navy, the US submarine. NSMRL serves the submarine fleet by taking the lead in undersea human factors, sensory sciences and operational medicine, delivering timely evidenced-based healthcare solutions.

Scholl said, "Our focus is to provide insight that aids in decision-making, identifies potential health threats and optimises safety within these challenging operational environments.”  

The NSMRL provides key research into: 

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  • Submariner wellness: NSMRL hearing conservation efforts span from basic to applied research, with the use of otoacoustic measurements to predict hearing loss, a toolkit to assist field audiologists in hearing education, and field studies on board combat littoral ships. As a member of a Multi Service Partnership of the DoD Hearing Consortium, NSMRL is helping to develop an ANSI standard for testing hearing protection devices (HPDs) and tactical communication and protection systems (TCAPS).

    NSMRL also conducts physical health studies including bone density/vitamin D studies on board submarines. NSMRL initiated the first ever study of submariner epidemiology monitoring the medical impacts of the unique submarine environment.

  • Psychological fitness: NSMRL is conducting psychological screening of prospective submariners for submarine service suitability (SUBSCREEN), prediction of unplanned losses from operational units, individual and team resilience, and integration of mixed gender crews.

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