Blast Injury Symposium in Sri Lanka
Blast Injury Symposium participants pose for a group photo during the symposium in Sri Lanka. Members from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and United States attended the subject matter exchange. The symposium allowed senior leaders to network and exchange information on blast injuries, state-of-the-art medical and surgical practices.

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- The 2011 Joint Medical Blast Injury Symposium was held Feb. 15- 17 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as part of a medical exchange program to enhance cooperation across nations.

Sri Lankan Armed Forces partnered with U.S. Army Central and U.S. Army Pacific to conduct a subject matter exchange on managing the effects of blast injuries.

This multilateral symposium event combined the efforts of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Pacific Command in bringing states of the Asian subcontinent and the Middle East to discuss this important transnational issue, said Col. Joseph Pina, deputy surgeon, U.S. Army Pacific

"Representatives from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and United States attended the conference sending a total of 78 representatives to share information on blast injuries, state-of-the-art medical and surgical practices. The symposium allowed senior leaders to network and exchange information," said Pina.

The Defense Medical Institute coordinated the speaker program during the conference. Members from the U.S. Air Force, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Army Pacific Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Center, and the East-West Pediatric Trauma Network spoke. Representatives from each country also shared their experiences in managing medical effects of blast injuries, said Pina.

A cultural event with traditional dances, music, acting and dinner was hosted by the Sri Lankan surgeon general and the armed forces Feb. 16, said Pina.

Certificates of attendance, and CD-ROMs were given to all Medical Blast Injury symposium participants.

"Each participating country praised the benefit of the exchange," said Pina.

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