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==Official mandate==
 
==Official mandate==
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Basic and applied medical research supporting U.S. military operations is the focus of WRAIR leaders and scientists. The institute fosters a unique understanding of military medical needs and environments, including the exposures (diseases and physical stresses) that troops encounter and the performance requirements of a deployed military force. Despite the focus on the military, however, the institute has historically also addressed and solved a variety of non-military medical problems prevalent in the United States and the wider world. It is particularly well known for advances in the field of [[tropical medicine|tropical]] and infectious disease medicine.{{Citation needed|date=November 2014}}
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Basic and applied medical research supporting U.S. military operations is the focus of WRAIR leaders and scientists. The institute fosters a unique understanding of military medical needs and environments, including the exposures (diseases and physical stresses) that troops encounter and the performance requirements of a deployed military force. Despite the focus on the military, however, the institute has historically also addressed and solved a variety of non-military medical problems prevalent in the United States and the wider world. It is particularly well known for advances in the field of [[tropical medicine|tropical]] and infectious disease medicine.{{Citation needed|date=November 2013}}
   
 
'''WRAIR Mission'''<br>
 
'''WRAIR Mission'''<br>
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Vaccines are produced that will protect Soldiers against diseases that they might encounter in areas of deployment. These include vaccines to prevent dengue fever, malaria, meningitis, cholera, shigellosis, hepatitis A, and HIV. The PBF places compliance, cleanliness, and safety as top priorities in the production process of a vaccine. Once the vaccine is tested for safety, potency, and identity, the vaccine is released for use in approved human clinical studies. Several of the PBF's experimental vaccines have progressed on to advanced clinical testing.
 
Vaccines are produced that will protect Soldiers against diseases that they might encounter in areas of deployment. These include vaccines to prevent dengue fever, malaria, meningitis, cholera, shigellosis, hepatitis A, and HIV. The PBF places compliance, cleanliness, and safety as top priorities in the production process of a vaccine. Once the vaccine is tested for safety, potency, and identity, the vaccine is released for use in approved human clinical studies. Several of the PBF's experimental vaccines have progressed on to advanced clinical testing.
   
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Although vaccine development process is complex, the expert{{Citation needed|date=November 2014}} PBF staff strives to ensure each step is completed successfully. The PBF has received awards and accolades for its role in developing vaccines for diseases such as hepatitis A and meningitis.{{Citation needed|date=November 2014}}
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Although vaccine development process is complex, the expert{{Citation needed|date=November 2013}} PBF staff strives to ensure each step is completed successfully. The PBF has received awards and accolades for its role in developing vaccines for diseases such as hepatitis A and meningitis.{{Citation needed|date=November 2013}}
   
 
===Global Platforms===
 
===Global Platforms===
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The WRAIR traces its institutional heritage back to the [[Army Medical School]], founded by [[Surgeons General of the United States Army|U.S. Army Surgeon General]] [[George Miller Sternberg|George Sternberg]] in 1893, by some reckonings the first school of public health and preventive medicine in the world. The organization name was officially changed to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in 1953.
 
The WRAIR traces its institutional heritage back to the [[Army Medical School]], founded by [[Surgeons General of the United States Army|U.S. Army Surgeon General]] [[George Miller Sternberg|George Sternberg]] in 1893, by some reckonings the first school of public health and preventive medicine in the world. The organization name was officially changed to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in 1953.
   
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Through the 20th century, medical discoveries continued to be found by Army researchers from the Army Medical School as U.S. military presence grew across the globe. Between 1900 and [[World War I]] (WWI), they showed that the cause of dengue fever was a filterable virus. They showed that parasites cause [[amebic dysentery]] and discovered a treatment for it. A vaccine against typhoid and a simple test for syphilis were developed. [[Water chlorination|Chlorination]] as a method to disinfect drinking water was invented by Institute researchers. These and other advances in medicine, sanitation and hygiene were used by troops during WWI. By WWI, Army researchers from the Army Medical School were working in Asia and the Americas.<ref>https://wrair-www.army.mil/index.php?view=100years</ref>
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Through the 20th century, medical discoveries continued to be found by Army researchers from the Army Medical School as U.S. military presence grew across the globe. Between 1900 and [[World War I]] (WWI), they showed that the cause of dengue fever was a filterable virus. They showed that parasites cause [[amebic dysentery]] and discovered a treatment for it. A vaccine against typhoid and a simple test for [[syphilis]] were developed. [[Water chlorination|Chlorination]] as a method to disinfect drinking water was invented by Institute researchers. These and other advances in medicine, sanitation and hygiene were used by troops during WWI. By WWI, Army researchers from the Army Medical School were working in Asia and the Americas.<ref>https://wrair-www.army.mil/index.php?view=100years</ref>
   
 
Into [[World War II]] (WWII), investigations into [[dengue]], malaria, combat stress, [[wound treatment]], [[chemical weapons]], and military dentistry continued in preparation for the US military to meet new challenges and threats. One such threat was [[Japanese encephalitis]] and the Institute was responsible for developing the first vaccine to combat it.
 
Into [[World War II]] (WWII), investigations into [[dengue]], malaria, combat stress, [[wound treatment]], [[chemical weapons]], and military dentistry continued in preparation for the US military to meet new challenges and threats. One such threat was [[Japanese encephalitis]] and the Institute was responsible for developing the first vaccine to combat it.

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