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Bio - COL Karl E. Friedl, Ph.D.

COL Karl E. Friedl, Ph.D.,
U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center, (TATRC)

Colonel Karl E. Friedl, PhD, is the Director, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, located at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Prior to his assignment to TATRC, COL Friedl commanded the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, the lead laboratory for Military Operational Medicine research and the premier government laboratory for biomedical research on human performance.  His current areas of focus are applications of metabolism and neurobiology technologies, assessment methods and metrics of research success, and strategies to accelerate research translation to practice.  He has published over 100 papers including 65 original reports, 20 book chapters, and other reviews and technical reports. 

He received his Doctor of Philosophy (Integrative Physiology) from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in the University’s Institute of Environmental Stress.  He entered the Army in 1983 as a Captain in the Medical Service Corps, assigned to the Department of Clinical Investigation at Madigan Army Medical Center, in Tacoma, Washington, where he organized clinical research and conducted studies on steroid hormones and responses to military stressors.  From 1989 to 1993, he was a research physiologist at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Natick, Massachusetts, where he studied human metabolic limits.  In 1994, he was assigned as a staff officer in the Army Systems Hazards Research Program at the US Army Medical Research and Development Command, at Fort Detrick, Maryland.  In 1996, as the Research Area Director (RAD) for the Military Operational Medicine (MOM) Research Program, he instituted program-level external scientific review of all MOM research and established a coordinated plan of biomedical research on protection and enhancement of the Soldier.  Between 1996 and 2003, he also chaired the Tri-Service Joint Technical Coordinating Group (JTCG-5) for MOM, expanding inter-Service cooperation and promoting collaborative reviews and projects with other agencies including the VA, NIH, NASA, and USDA.  He organized and directed initiatives that brought additional resources to bear on military issues including the Defense Women’s Health Research Program, and DoD Gulf War Illnesses, Bone Health and Military Medical Readiness, and Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment (Parkinson’s) research programs.  As the Director, MOM, COL Friedl was responsible for management of greater than one billion dollars of research funding. 

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