U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM)


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Kansas Street
Natick, MA 01760-5007
United States

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The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine ( USARIEM) was established in 1961 as an activity under the Surgeon General, and was co-located at the Quartermaster Research and Engineering Command, known today as the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Mass. USARIEM's origins are traced from the early 1940s, to the Armored Medical Research Laboratory, Fort Knox, Ky., and the Climatic Research Laboratory in Lawrence, Mass., both of which are considered descendants of the Harvard Fatigue Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass. Throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, the laboratories at Fort Knox and in Lawrence enhanced their respective scientific reputations and the health and protection of soldiers by their complementary investigations on the physical, physiological and pathological effects of the environment. It was inevitable that environmental research would eventually be consolidated at a dedicated site; and, given the new Tropic and Arctic Test Chambers constructed at Natick, this ultimately became that site.


As a subordinate Laboratory of the US Army Medical, Research and Materiel Command, USARIEM conducts basic and applied research in environmental pathophysiology, physiology and medicine, biophysics and biomedical modeling, and occupational health and performance. Environmental research focuses on sustaining, protecting and enhancing the health and operational performance of U.S. Forces exposed to extreme heat, severe cold, and high terrestrial altitude. Occupational health and performance research focuses on occupational medicine, military performance and neuroscience, and military nutrition to sustain, protect and enhance warfighter performance.

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Bone Health Lab / Body Composition Laboratory
Center for Military Biomechanics Research
Doriot Climatic Chambers
Environmental Chambers (-10°C to 50°C)
Hypobaric (Altitude) Chambers (9,000m, -15°C to 40°C)
Hypoxia Room
Metabolic Kitchen
Psychology Laboratory
Thermal Manikins & Clothing Biophysics Laboratories
USARIEM Maher Memorial Altitude Laboratory, Pikes Peak, Colorado



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