The extremity trauma and amputation center of excellence: Overview of the research and surveillance division

Christopher A. Rábago, Mary Clouser, Christopher L. Dearth, Shawn Farrokhi, Michael R. Galarneau, M. Jason Highsmith, Jason M. Wilken, Marilynn P. Wyatt, Owen T. Hill

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Congress authorized creation of the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE) as part of the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation mandated the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement a comprehensive plan and strategy for the mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of traumatic extremity injuries and amputation. The EACE also was tasked with conducting clinically relevant research, fostering collaborations, and building partnerships across multidisciplinary international, federal, and academic networks to optimize the quality of life of service members and veterans who have sustained extremity trauma or amputations. To fulfill themandate to conduct research, the EACE developed a Research and Surveillance Division that complements and collaborates with outstanding DoD, VA, and academic research programs across the globe. The EACE researchers have efforts in four key research focus areas relevant to extremity trauma and amputation: (1) Novel Rehabilitation Interventions, (2) Advanced Prosthetic and Orthotic Technologies, (3) Epidemiology and Surveillance, and (4) Medical and Surgical Innovations. This overview describes the EACE efforts to innovate, discover, and translate knowledge gleaned from collaborative research partnerships into clinical practice and policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalMilitary Medicine
StatePublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


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