The DTRD, once a detachment of Walter Reid Army Institute of Research, is now aligned under the ISR, the surgical research unit of Army Medical Research and Material Command (MRMC).
The DTRD, a detachment of Dental Corps officers assigned to MRMC, provides militarily-relevant research and solutions to diseases and injuries to the teeth and craniomaxillofacial region.
In addition to a renewed research program, DTRD redefined its mission to provide militarily-relevant research and solutions for the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of craniofacial trauma and infectious dental diseases.
DTRD's research mission receives strong support and collaboration from the ISR Extremity/Regenerative Medicine and Burn researchers, as well as newly collocated combat casualty care research units of the Navy and Air Force.
DTRD, along with the dental research elements of the Navy and Air Force, occupies the first floor of this new building, designated BHT-2.
No scientific advancements in work by DTRD at the Great Lakes location were lost in the transition to San Antonio.
The DTRD, in collaboration with ISR's extremity research group, directly addresses the shortfalls of conventional techniques and biomaterials in reconstructing bone defects.
Using a novel flowable biomaterial, DTRD now performs research on critical size defects in animals to tune the biomaterial's characteristics for optimal bone regeneration.
Another major thrust of DTRD research is to mitigate the consequences of severe facial burns and scars.
To deploy these technologies, DTRD is collaborating with bioengineers at University of Texas, Arlington, to develop an in situ bioreactor in the form of a custom, multifunctional polymer-based mask.