Today’s world is riven by Russia’s war in Ukraine, dangers from biological and chemical weapons, increasing rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and growing challenges for first responders and medics dealing with high-stress situations.
On the forefront of these and other clinical challenges for civilian and military care is the Center for Combat and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
“Our vision is to solve the U.S. military’s toughest clinical challenges and improve our civilian communities,” said Vik Bebarta, MD, COMBAT founder and director, professor of Emergency Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and vice chair for strategy and growth for Emergency Medicine. “We channel (our campus’s) talents to the military’s capability gaps to find solutions for our United States military that ultimately end up being used in our civilian communities, including Aurora and Colorado.”
In the episode of CU Anschutz 360 below, Bebarta shares what makes COMBAT unique and explains its far-reaching and innovative impact upon both large-scale societal issues and bedside – whether in the battlefield or the clinic – care.
Thomas Flaig, MD, vice chancellor for research at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, co-hosts the discussion.