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Military Medical Innovation Operational Forum

December 7, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Military Medical Innovation Operational (MIO)-Forum is a collaboration between Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC), Fort Liberty, NC; the North Carolina Military Business Center; the North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH); and Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC).  The purpose is to forge collaborations between WAMC and academia, industry, and military partners to yield actionable results, including joint submissions for federal grant funding. The goal is to increase the success rate of grant applications by informing partners of the types of high-yield research proposals. This forum will bring together subject matter experts (SMEs) with years of research and grant experience to discuss research opportunities within the areas of behavioral health, traumatic brain injury, prolonged field care, automation, human performance, musculoskeletal injuries, large observational data, pain and others. The key component of the MIO-Forum will be the opportunity for attendees to rotate between tables hosted by an SME. Our goal is to begin substantive discussions that will lead to collaborative future engagements.

When. December 7, 2023 starting at 0900

Where.  Fayetteville Technical Community College
Tony Rand Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room (building #7)
2220 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC

Campus Map. Parking is available in parking lots: 4, 6, 10

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0900 – Welcome Remarks: Dr. Mark Sorrells, President, Fayetteville Technical Community College (invited)
0905 – Introduction to MIO Forum: Mr. Scott Dorney, Executive Director, NC Military Business Center
0910 – Purpose: Y. Sammy Choi, MD; Senior Advisor, Department of Research; Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC), Fort Liberty, NC
0920 – MIO Forum Process and Introduction of Subject Matter Experts from WAMC: Ms. Jessica Ashmore, Project Manager, Department of Research


  1. COL Ty Harris, MD; Orthopaedic Surgery; Chief, Department of Research; Surgical Specialty Advisor to the Army Central Simulation Committee: augmented reality, artificial intelligence, non-invasive monitoring, prolonged field care, contested logistics, simulation, electromagnetic signature, clinical trials.
  2. COL Min Ho Chang, MD; Certified Pain Specialist; Director, Pain Clinic: non-opioid pain management, alternative medicine, clinical trials.
  3. Tim Mauntel, PhD; Human Movement Science/Biomechanics; Defense Health Program Musculoskeletal Injury Portfolio Manager: wearable sensors, modeling/simulation, human performance optimization, injury prevention.
  4. CJ Maldonado, PhD; Cell Biology; Deputy Director, Department of Research: bench and animal science, large data analytics, exposome approach to human disease, infectious diseases.
  5. Mr. Jacques Arrieux, MA, Experimental Psychology, Research Scientist, TBI Center of Excellence
  6. Jess White-Phillip, PhD; Molecular Biology; Senior Scientist, Department of Research: basic science, clinical trials, animal research, large database research.
  7. Sammy Choi, MD; Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Senior Advisor, Department of Research: diabetes, metabolic health, human performance optimization, large database research, biosensors.

1030 – 1230 – One-on-One Structured Networking with Guest Speakers

REGISTRATION.  Online registration is now closed.  Walk-in registration is available and encouraged.

Following the MIO-Forum, industry, academic, and military partners may submit research proposals to Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) by March 8, 2024 via dha.liberty.womack-amc.mbx.me-dci-triage@health.mil. This email box can also be used to ask questions during this submission phase. WAMC will review all proposals and respond to submitters within 45 days.

Submission and Review Format:

  1. Full name of proposer.
  2. Department/Organization name.
  3. Contact information (email and phone).
  4. Title
  5. Abstract summary (100-word limit)
  6. Proposal Narrative (3-page limit, 12-font, single space):
    Objectives/Specific AIMS/Hypotheses
    Anticipated Deliverables with Timeline
    Relevance and Impact
  7. Quad Chart via PowerPoint Slide
    Title with date, name, organization, and contact information
    Technology with brief description
    Military operational impact (include identified gap, specific objectives/goals)

The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, Defense Health Agency, Department of Defense, or the US Government.

All submissions are confidential. If you/your organization requires a non-disclosure agreement, please let us know before your submission.



December 7, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


North Carolina Military Business Center
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