Partnership for Military Medicine Symposium

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Country United took place on November 6 and 7, 2009 in Washington, D.C.  The two-day event brought together the Partnership for Military Medicine Symposium highlighted discoveries in military medicine and fostered military/civilian collaboration to advance research and clinical care, while the Country United Gala recognized efforts of medical researchers, clinicians, educators and supporters of military medicine research.


As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, more and more of our service men and women are experiencing both physical and emotional wounds. The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine and the Tug McGraw Foundation know that the pace at which scientific advancements are made can be accelerated through increased civilian/military partnerships. 

The Need in 2009 

Quality of Life Research Summit Info & Report

The Tug McGraw Foundation helped advance discussion about the importance of QOL research for brain tumor patients and their families.

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  • 28 multi-disciplinary cancer researchers, clinicians and advocates participated in the day and half session

  • Solution-focused discussion to identify barriers to producing good QOL research

  • Develop and prioritize strategies for overcoming those barriers

  • Recognition from all involved that TMF has the presence to influence thinking and achieve tangible, relevant outcomes

  • This meeting was supported in part by MGI Pharma, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eisai Corporation of North America

  • The "clarity and content of the agenda was excellent" according to participants

  • Dr. Anna Barker, Deputy Director, NCI, presented "How NCI is Shaping Quality of Life for Brain Tumor Patients Through Science and Technology"

What They Said

"This was the meeting that had to happen,"Brian Patrick O’Neill, Mayo Clinic

"... You and your team managed to pull together an incredibly diverse group of people who - in the end - really seemed to coalesce around some very important issues ...  If you had told me on the bus Monday night that such a consensus would be reached by noon on Tuesday, I would have laughed..."
Cynthia Gilman, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
"It was truly a great experience, and I am honored to serve in whatever capacity you like."
Christina A. Meyers, Ph.D., ABPP, MD Anderson Cancer Center