The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) is part of the US Army and Department of Defense. It manages over $1 billion in funding per year for high-impact innovative medical R&D. For each of its programs, Congress specifies the focus, and CDMRP, together with experts in salient fields, defines a research strategy and way to competitively select projects in that area to receive funding.

Dr. Roach will speak on what CDMRP is and funding opportunities for R&D in infectious diseases. She has served as Program Manager, Science Officer, and Grant Officer’s Representative for the Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP), and Program Manager and Grant Officer’s Representative for the Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP). Prior to joining CDMRP, she was the Principal Scientist at General Dynamics Information Technology, the Manager of Human Subjects Protection and a Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Technical Resources International, and the Radiation Safety Officer and a Research Laboratory Manager at the University of New York, Stoney Brook, where she also earned her PhD in Pharmacology.

NDFS17 CDMRP Akua Roach