Program Areas

The Arlington Innovation Center: Health Research is focused on the multidisciplinary application of advanced technology to address complex problems in neuroscience, human performance, healthcare services and injury.  The enabling technology for the research is the integrated platform of imaging, informatics, modeling, robotics and continuous quality improvements. AIC:HR’s rapidly expanding research portfolio includes the following activities:


Sleep plays a fundamental role in the maintenance of human performance, particularly performance in the nervous system. AIC:HR is working with new advanced forms MRI and high-resolution PET in order to gain unprecedented insights into the neuroscience of sleep. Research areas include neuroscience and human performance, treatment of sleep disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. (Collaborators: Gachon Neuroscience Center, KoreaMallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis andCarilion Clinic in Roanoke.)

Health Services Research

In partnership with Carilion Clinic, we are conducting a comprehensive assessment of primary care clinic operation under the “Medical Home” model, which is a new approach for comprehensive and coordinated care, especially for patients with chronic disease. This assessment research will help optimize primary care practices that are operating within stringent financial, health information technology, and management constraints. AIC:HR is also examining the conditions influencing end-of-life care in rural Virginia. (Collaborators:Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA and CNA. in Arlington, VA.)

Nerve Stress Injury

Our research in trauma and disease in the spinal cord and brainstem is built around understanding the physiology of stretch/stress in the nervous system. Stretch/stress is emerging as a principal underlying mechanism for many conditions, such as behavioral deficits, that are not normally associated with the spinal cord and brain stem. (Collaborator:VT School of Veterinary Medicine.)

Casualty Care

Combat casualty care performed by medics saves lives, but also places the medic and other first responders at significant risk of becoming casualties themselves.  We are pursuing research in autonomous robotic systems to support casualty evacuation, primarily in the areas of situation awareness and casualty identification based on coordinated robot networks, and portable medical diagnostics (Collaborators: AGNC, Los Angeles, CAImperium Inc, Silver Spring, MDPerl Technologyand Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA).


The technology of medical imaging, medical informatics and bioinformatics offers exciting new possibilities in preventing illnesses, developing new therapeutics and developing a new health care model. However, the exploding amount of different data types at many locations hampers its efficient use for the next generation of biomedical research. AIC:HR is designing a state-of-the-art enterprise-wide knowledge sharing capability for data collection, information integration, knowledge extraction and research management within the framework of information assurance.  (Collaborators:Children’s National Medical Center,Carilion ClinicMallinkrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis andISIS Center, Georgetown University).