Fayetteville State University (FSU) announced today its partnership with the Fort Bragg Research Institute (FBRI), a center designed to support the ongoing research interests of Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) and Fort Bragg scientists and clinicians and to enhance the operational readiness of soldiers on the military base. The announcement was made at a press conference in the Rudolph Jones Student Center on the FSU campus. Attendees included educators, Fort Bragg officers and soldiers, researchers, community leaders, and citizens. Community and military partners making comments included:

  • Christine Michaels, President and CEO, Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
  • Y. Sammy Choi, Director, Department of Research, Womack Army Medical Center
  • Chancellor James Anderson, Fayetteville State University
  • Elise Huszar, President, The Geneva Foundation
  • John Melton, Commander, Womack Army Medical Center
  • Scott Dorney, Director, NC Military Business Center
  • Robert Van Geons, President and CEO, Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation

WAMC partnered with The Geneva Foundation (Geneva) to establish the FBRI.  The Geneva Foundation advances military medicine by delivering full spectrum scientific, technical, and program management expertise in the areas of federal grants, industry sponsored clinical trials, and federal contracts.

FBRI was championed by Dr. Choi at WAMC and originated from the recognized need to link the vast infrastructure of science and technology regionally available to WAMC with the growing needs of the operational readiness at Fort Bragg. One of the factors that led to the creation of FBRI was the Cape Fear Research Consortium (CFRC), a group of local institutions brought together to generate collaborative research activities. Members include: FSU, Methodist University, Campbell University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, North Carolina Military Business Center, Cape Fear Valley Health System, and the Southern Region Area Health Education Center.

Originally published June 8, 2018.