Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI)

Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute

The unique resources of the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute enable advancements in the protection of soldiers and citizens. The AFRRI mission is to preserve the health and performance of U.S. military personnel and to protect humankind through research that advances understanding of the effects of ionizing radiation. To these ends, the institute collaborates with other government facilities, academic institutions, and civilian laboratories in the United States and other countries to research the biological effects of ionizing radiation. In addition, it provides medical training and emergency response to manage incidents related to radiation exposure.

Congress approved the construction of the AFRRI facility on June 8, 1960; ground was broken on November 29 that year. The institute was formally established as a joint agency of the three military departments on May 12, 1961, and has operated continuously since 1962. Located on the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the institute is ideally situated to collaborate with the National Institutes of Health as well as the military medical and research communities. It is part of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs [ASD(HA)].

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