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Making DREAMSTM come true

(IT)2 researchers are already making life better for the people of Texas. They are working with medical scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston led by famed trauma specialist James "Red" Duke to build and equip a prototype of the InteractTM ambulance. Equipped with state-of-the-art medical monitoring and wireless communications technology, the Interact* ambulance connects emergency medical technicians on the scene with trauma specialists in distant hospitals. It provides computer-accurate real-time monitoring of vital signs and allows physicians to watch patients' progress through real-time video.

InteractTM is the first phase of the Disaster Relief and Emergency Medical Services (DREAMSTM) project, a multi-million-dollar undertaking aimed at improving emergency medical care. Funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, DREAMSTM uses new technology like global positioning system navigation and real-time transmission of physiological, audio and video data to give emergency medical professionals more and better information. Managing biological and chemical warfare threats such as the 1995 terrorist attack on the Tokyo subway system is another important aspect of the DREAMSTM program. Researchers in Texas A&M's Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Department of Chemistry are developing enzyme-based systems to detect, identify and decontaminate biological and chemical weapons.

Visit the DREAMSTM web site for more information.