About USACEHR

Mission

Develop surveillance capabilities to detect, assess, and prevent health effects from adverse environmental, physiological, and psychological exposures.

Vision

Protect the health of Soldiers from environmental and mission-related health threats through innovative science.

History

The US Army Center for Environmental Health Research (USACEHR) develops surveillance capabilities to detect, assess, and prevent health effects from adverse environmental, physiological and psychological exposures.

The USACEHR is an outgrowth of a robust and comprehensive toxicology program that existed as part of the US Army Biomedical Research and Development Laboratory (USABRDL) under the US Army Medical Research and Development Command.

The present-day USACEHR traces its origins to the September 1972 merger of the US Army Medical Equipment Research and Development Laboratory, Fort Totten, NY, and the US Army Biomechanical Research Laboratory of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. At that time, the Laboratory became known as the US Army Medical Bioengineering Research and Development Laboratory (USAMBRDL). In 1986, the Laboratory’s name was changed to the US Army Biomedical Research and Development Laboratory until the realignment of the organization under the 1991 Base Realignment and Closure legislation. In 1996, the organization was renamed the US Army Center for Environmental Health Research and given a new mission to support research on the use of sentinel species and bioassays for detecting environmental pollutants, leveraging the Laboratory’s strong background and unique aquaculture facilities. In June 2011, the laboratory of Dr. Marti Jett and Dr. Rasha Hammamieh was moved from WRAIR to the USACEHR and the Integrative Systems Biology Research Program was established within the Laboratory. The Integrative Systems Biology Research Program uses novel tools, such as genomics and metabolomics, to address diseases of military relevance. Today the USACEHR is functionally organized under the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD).

Facilities

USACEHR building

Building:

  • Completely renovated in 2003-04
  • 33,402 sq ft of floor space
  • Well water supply and aquaculture distribution system
  • Automated monitoring and controls system for building
  • Modern laboratory spaces
  • Fully equipped conference center
  • Vivarium addition (2014) 1,500 sq ft

In-House Laboratories:

  • Complete aquaculture facilities
  • Invertebrate / in vitro research facilities
  • Extensive analytical chemistry
  • Proteomics center chemistry
  • Exposure / Diluter facilities
  • Gene expression platforms
  • Cell and tissue culture