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U.S. Navy funds study on sepsis

  |   March 5, 2014 at 4:48 PM
BETHESDA, Md., March 5 (UPI) -- The Naval Medical Logistics Command has entered a cooperative agreement with a Maryland-based medical foundation for research into severe sepsis.

Under the five-year, $34 million agreement, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine will partner with Duke University, George Mason University and University of Washington and the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Uganda to support the research project. It will also coordinate with The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Naval Medical Research Unit 2 in Cambodia.

"This cooperative agreement is a vivid example of the importance of global collaboration in today's world of military medicine," said John W. Lowe, HJF's president and chief executive officer. "Our foundation has a long history of supporting military medical research programs in Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as North and South America. We look forward to bringing our international expertise and experience to work for this important sepsis research."

Sepsis occurs when chemicals enter the bloodstream to fight infection and cause excessive inflammation that can damage organs. It's estimated that 20 million people around the world are afflicted with sepsis every year.

In the United States, Septicemia is the 10th leading cause of death.

The aim of the research project is to improve early recognition, diagnosis and clinical management of the disease in resource-limited and/or austere settings, such as military deployments, public health emergencies and healthcare centers in developing countries.

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