This is an interesting idea from a brilliant friend that I’m passing along for the consideration of researchers out there. Take it or leave it:
I’m circulating this email in the hopes of networking my way through you to someone conducting a COVID-19 vaccine trial, or able to influence one. So far, advancing such a novel idea via emails to anyone I can think of, mid-pandemic, is not working. I’m sure the inboxes of the vaccine developers and immunologists competing to save the world are full. Among a couple dozen others, Bill Gates, Sanjay Gupta, and Dr. Fauci have yet to get back to me. If my proposal makes any sense to you, please pass it on to anyone you know who might be able to put it in front of someone who could make it happen.
I have been researching the intersection of my psychology PhD and my concerns, as a physician, regarding the challenges of implementing a Covid-19 vaccine. There is sound, supportive, but limited research suggesting that a distinctive taste stimulus paired with vaccine doses can later, and by itself, become immuno-enhancing via Pavlovian conditioning. The taste alone can then supplement or replace vaccine boosters, multiplying the availability and dramatically reducing the cost of successfully vaccinating billions worldwide against COVID-19. It would be easy and almost without additional cost to safely integrate the definitive experiment proving this concept into phase II or III trials of any prospective COVID-19 vaccine (one suggested protocol below). A major limitation is the lack of incentives for vaccine developers to pursue a paradigm that could cut their vaccine sales in half. Supporting data is in the attached brief proposal and included more extensively in a recently accepted paper of mine, also attached. I, of course, have no financial interest in the outcome of this; just trying to be helpful to the effort.
Be safe, be well.
All the best.
Kenneth Frumkin, PhD, MD, FACEP
Kenneth dot Frumkin at gmail dot com
Retired civil servant on a pension
DHA is advertising for the Director, Military Infectious Diseases Research Program. This is a great chance for an O-6/senior O-5 to shape infectious disease research and development across the enterprise. The desired report date is June 2020; eligible candidates must be in their PCS window.
Page 21 of this document contains the position qualifications. Packages need to include:
- ODC (ensure assignment history is accurate, or provide accurate assignment history as a separate document)
- Letter of Intent
- PERS/Specialty Leader concurrence/impact statement
In order to get this to DHA by their deadline, CDR Melissa Austin (contact in the global) is going to need all applications by Dec 2, 2019. Applications should be submitted to her as a single PDF.
DHA is advertising for the Director, Combat Casualty Care Research Program position. This is a great chance for an O-6/senior O-5 to shape research and development activities for lifesaving strategies/capabilities; surgical capabilities; biological, mechanical and autonomous processes; and the far forward use of artificial intelligence and telemedicine technologies for the entire Defense Health Program – definitely a way to ensure Navy Medicine needs have an advocate in the R&D world.
Desired report date is June 2020; eligible candidates must be in their PCS window.
Page 16 of this document contains the position qualifications. Packages need to include:
- ODC (ensure assignment history is accurate, or include a complete assignment history as a separate document)
- Letter of Intent
- PERS/Specialty Leader concurrence/impact statement
In order to get this to DHA by their deadline, all applications need to be sent to CDR Melissa Austin (contact is in the global) NLT Dec 2, 2019. Applications should be
submitted to her as a single PDF.
The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center is pleased to announce that the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Conference is preparing for 2020, pending approval.
The conference will be held in Tidewater (Virginia) March 17-19, 2020, with the specific venue to be determined.
The deadline for poster abstract submissions is 31 October 2019 by 2359 EST. No late submissions will be accepted. Selected posters will be announced December 2019.
Please submit an abstract with a title, author names and affiliations, and a body of no more than 250 words in a Word Document to Stephen.p.rossi.civ < at > mail.mil with the email subject: Poster Abstract – Last Name, First Name.
Poster subjects should be related to public health in the military. Topics may include:
- Changes in HPW
- Diabetes Education
- MHPPH Update
- Smoking Cessation
- HPW best practices
- Program Evaluation
- Women’s Health
- Process Improvement
- Analytic techniques
- Injury Prevention
- Fleet HPW Programs
- Suicide Prevention
- Navy Needs Assessment
- Semper Fit Update
- Cancer Epidemiology
- Hospital Acquired Infections
- Behavioral Health Surveillance
- Communicable Disease Surveillance
- Public Health Dashboards and Assessment Tools
- Injury surveillance
Our conference team is working hard to develop a solid readiness-focusedagenda that addresses force health protection strategies and solutions for current and future public health threats to Navy and Marine Corps mission readiness.
We look forward to your submissions.
Earlier this month, the Senate confirmed my nomination as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. The time I have spent in the principal deputy position has given me valuable perspective on the unique role the Military Health System (MHS) plays in national security and in American medicine. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve in the ASD role and alongside such a talented team that makes up the MHS.
As I told the Senate Armed Services Committee last November, it will be a great privilege to lead the MHS during this period of unprecedented transformative change. With readiness of our service members as our first priority, we are implementing a historic transition in how we manage our Military Treatment Facilities. We are also conducting comprehensive reviews of the Direct Care System to enhance MTF operations as training platforms to support medical readiness, and identifying the optimal military medical manpower requirements to meet operational requirements. As you know, we continue the deployment of a truly modern electronic health record that will support the provision of integrated, standardized care across the MHS enterprise. Next month, MHS GENESIS will go live at Travis AFB, Mountain Home AFB, NAS Lemoore, and the Presidio at Monterey. This next deployment has been informed by the hard work of the teams at Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor, Naval Hospital Bremerton and Madigan Army Medical Center during the Initial Operating Capability (IOC) rollout. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit COL Thomas Bundt, Commander, Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), and his team. Their passionate embrace of the opportunity to be one of the IOC sites has paid off for the entire enterprise. Their contributions to our strategy for future deployment – informed by their lessons learned on the ground – has positioned us for a successful next phase of MHS GENESIS implementation. Thank you, COL Bundt and the entire MAMC team.
In addition to the major reform efforts underway, our day-to-day successes continue to support the Department’s priorities. Earlier this week, I joined the more than 3,000 researchers and scientists from across the Department, interagency, industry, academia, and partner nations at the annual Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS).
I spoke to participants about the critical role of military medical research and development in advancing the MHS’s integrated system of readiness and health. From strengthening Traumatic Brain Injury clinical and research capabilities, addressing mental and behavioral health issues among injured service members, vaccines and countermeasures for infectious diseases, to the developments in medical technologies to advance enroute patient care, the MHS’s research and development initiatives enable the U.S. military to remain at the forefront to protect and defend the U.S. homeland and the shared interests of our allies and partners. I encourage you to review the innovative findings coming out of this year’s conference at www.health.mil/mhsrs.
I had the pleasure to recognize a number of MHSRS award winners – awardees like CDR Ian Valerio, who has made pivotal contributions to research on preemptive treatments for phantom and residual limb pain; and the Zika Purified Inactivated Virus WRAIR team, who helped develop a Zika vaccine candidate for clinical trial; and Dr. Amy Adler, whose research in military behavioral health has led to improved outcomes in health, resilience, and performance of service members. It is abundantly clear how the MHS’s commitment to innovation and partnerships is yielding new technologies, processes, and services that help ensure a more prepared, stronger and more resilient force.
A big thank you to Dr. Terry Rauch and the Health Affairs team, RADM Mary Riggs and the R&D team at DHA, Dr. Richard Thomas and his team at USUHS, the Services, and the thousands of scientists and researchers across the MHS who contributed to MHSRS. Thank you for your continued work in advancing the incredibly important mission we are privileged to carry out.
The 128th Annual AMSUS meeting will be held at the Gaylord National Harbor, 26 December 2019. The theme of this year’s AMSUS continuing education meeting is “Transforming Healthcare through Partnership and Innovation”. This meeting provides a neutral platform for military, academia, industry and civilian health professionals to share successful ethical, and optimal professional healthcare practices and research findings and outcomes.
The call for meeting abstracts including panel sessions, lectures and posters has opened and healthcare providers are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract to present the current and planned best practices of their clinics and departments. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
- Improving Health: The Art and Science of Medicine and Surgery – these clinically relevant presentations encompass the entire spectrum of care delivered by physicians, nurses, allied health personnel and healthcare extenders
- Leadership in Healthcare, Global Health, Operational Readiness and Humanitarian Support – topics include but are not limited to leading during a changing healthcare landscape, global health, operational readiness and training of medical forces, natural disaster response, family readiness, patient transport and transfer
- Trauma Care, Behavioral Health, and TBI – the latest research in trauma and casualty care, behavioral health and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Advances in the Delivery of Healthcare – these presentations highlight the
increasing complexity of healthcare administration and business operations
while providing leading edge solutions in areas such as: health IT, medical
logistics, the business of healthcare, HR talent management and shared
Follow instructions for submission guidance attached. All abstracts must be submitted online by 3 June 2019 and are required to meet CME/CE accreditation standards to be accepted. Presentations should be free of commercial bias and approved through local COC and PAO.
Here are the forms:
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth cordially invites you to attend the Annual Quality Symposium:
Driving Healthcare Excellence Through Innovation and Collaboration
We are now accepting abstracts from across the MHS. Showcase your performance improvement projects. All submissions will be considered for either a poster or podium presentation.
When: 17 MAR 2019, 0700 – 1600
Where: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Building 3, Auditorium, 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23708
Abstract submission due by 1 April 2019.
Presenters: Summer Whites
Civilian: Business Casual