Jason Highsmith named to Army’s scientific committee that helps wounded warriors

Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, MSMS, CP, FAAOP, assistant professor in the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, was recently invited to serve as a member of the Rehabilitation of Neuromusculoskeletal Injuries Scientific Steering Committee.

Dr. Highsmith, who was invited to serve on the committee by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program, will serve on the committee until 2014.

US Army’s Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program provides an integrated research program supporting wounded warriors through identifying capability gaps to provide complete rehabilitation and return to duty for those with severe extremity, visual and auditory injuries as well as definitive research in the area of regenerative medicine.  Specific goals of the program are to stimulate and support innovative, integrated, multidisciplinary research efforts.

In his role as committee member, he will help the group identify capability gaps, identify requirements to fill the gaps and monitor and advise on progress associated with the program’s investment.

Dr. Highsmith is co-director of the recently opened USF Center for Neuromusculoskeletal Research, which is housed in the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences’ groundbreaking Human Functional Performance Laboratory. The new Center, which gained approval in April to open and earned critical recurring funding from the Florida Legislature in the 2012 session, is an interdisciplinary clinical research enterprise designed to develop and test novel prevention and treatment strategies for neuromusculoskeletal disorders, clarify the role of various therapeutic approaches in the successful and cost-effective management, and promulgate guidelines for best practices for prevention and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions.