Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is a private, not-for-profit organization established in 1983 and authorized by Congress to support medical research and education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)[1] and throughout the military medical community. The Foundation was named in honor of Washington State Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson, who sponsored the original legislation. Senator Jackson had a long-standing commitment to military medicine and health.

HJF provides scientific and management services, from infrastructure development, financial administration and clinical trials management to staffing, continuing medical education and event planning. The Foundation works with a variety of programs, from large multi-site trials to small, benchtop projects, both nationally and abroad.

USU, located in Bethesda, Maryland, is the nation’s only federal school of medicine and graduate school of nursing. It was established by Congress in 1972. The University’s curriculum is similar to that of its civilian counterparts, but it also provides additional specialized education elements geared towards producing career uniformed officers. USU was a major focus of the documentary film Fighting for Life, which was released in 2008.[2]

HJF’s largest program is the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP),[3] whose mission is to protect U.S. military personnel and aid the international fight against HIV. Established in 1988, the program focuses on HIV vaccine development, prevention, disease surveillance and care and treatment for HIV.

The Foundation supports more than 1,000 additional research projects at USU and throughout military medicine, including the Center for Prostate Disease Research,[4] the Navy Biological Defense Directorate,[5] the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress[6] and the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.[7] It employs more than 2,400 scientific, medical, management and administrative personnel. HJF also manages endowments for USU and promotes government-civilian partnerships[8] through its Center for Public-Private Partnerships [9]


  1. ^ http://www.usuhs.mil/ USU
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1143105/
  3. ^ http://www.hivresearch.org USMHRP
  4. ^ http://www.cpdr.org/ Center for Prostate Disease Research
  5. ^ http://www.nmrc.navy.mil/nmrc_db_main.htm Navy Biological Defense Directorate
  6. ^ http://www.centerforthestudyoftraumaticstress.org Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
  7. ^ http://www.cdham.org Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine
  8. ^ http://www.dvbic.org/ The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
  9. ^ http://www.hjfcp3.org/

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