The state’s second-largest university shares a distinctive medical campus with the university’s School of Medicine, Colleges of Allied Health Sciences and Nursing and School of Dental Medicine. These institutions provide a rich context for education, treatment and medical research.
The university has one of the nation’s first telemedicine programs, allowing Operation Reentry to better reach soldiers and researchers throughout the state and beyond. Medical assessments in rehabilitation, psychiatry, audiology and other fields are made possible without an in-office visit using telemedicine technology.
The College of Allied Health Sciences is a key partner in Operation Reentry studies. The college has faculty and programs closely allied with the goals of Operation Reentry in rehabilitation, hearing and audiology, health care management, and occupational, physical and recreational therapy. ECU’s programs in marriage and family therapy, rehabilitation and physical medicine, sleep disorders and other areas also have key relationships with Operation Reentry.
ECU has demonstrated its commitment to the armed services and was the 2010 recipient of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. It recognizes employers for outstanding support of the National Guard and Reserves
The U.S. Military. Our partner university is centered in one of the most concentrated military corridors in the nation. ECU has strong relationships with the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion East and the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, the Warrior Transition Unit, Womack Army Medical Center, and U.S. Army Special Operations Command Fort Bragg, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. In addition, a regional VA medical center is under construction in Greenville. Operation Reentry researchers have close ties with the Durham and Fayetteville VA Medical Centers, working with their rural outpatient networks. In addition, we have relationships with the North Carolina National Guard, and the Citizen Soldier Support Program for Guard and Reserve units.
At the federal level, Operation Reentry is building partnerships with the U.S. Army Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Md., the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Bethesda, Md., the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Bethesda and the Defense Centers of Excellence in Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in Washington.
University of Nebraska at Lincoln. With total research funding of $122.5 million in 2009, UNL is considered a major research institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Operation Reentry works primarily with the university’s Dizziness & Balance Disorder Lab which evaluates patients for problems and disorders. Its research is used to create strategies to reduce the discomfort of dizziness and vertigo, while enabling patients to have fewer falls. Our primary collaborator at UNL is Sherri Jones, Ph.D. director and department chair for Special Education and Communication Disorders, whose pioneering work with vestibular (balance) disorders includes evaluating blast-induced head injury and balance problems.
University of Wisconsin at Madison. Among the most prolific research universities in the world, UW-Madison has made its mark with both pure and applied research to solve real-world problems. It ranks second among U.S. universities for research expenditures and fourth for federally-funded research. Our primary collaborator is Irene Hamrick, M.D., a family medicine physician researching balance and falls.