The Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton’s Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, located in Area B at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is looking for experienced marksmen to volunteer as research participants in a simulated laboratory study. (Mentro News Service photo)

Volunteer research participants needed for marksmanship study

The Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton’s Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, located in Area B at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is looking for experienced marksmen to volunteer as research participants in a simulated laboratory study. The goal of the research is to provide research results to the Department of Defense to enhance warfighter performance.

This study is open to individuals between the ages of 22 and 40 who have 20/20 vision without the use of contact lenses. At the completion of the study, participants will be compensated $375.

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The study is examining how much marksmanship performance is degraded in people who have been given a dose of an FDA-approved eye drop that constricts the pupil and impacts focus. Using an indoor simulated marksmanship trainer (no live fire), participants will perform either a visual search task or a speed accuracy task with the use of a weapon fitted with a compressed air cartridge. Participation requires four consecutive days for approximately two hours per day. The eye drops will only be administered on day four.

The study protocol was approved by the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton Institutional Review Board in compliance with all applicable federal regulations government the protection of human subjects.

Interested volunteers can contact Bernadette McCann at mary.mccann.3.ctr@us.af.mil or 937-713-1695 or Dr. Micah Kinney at micah.kinney@us.af.mil or 937-938-3932.

NAMRU-Dayton is a major DoD medical research command and the home of the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory and the Environmental Health Effects Laboratory. As a subordinate command to Naval Medical Research Center, NAMRU-Dayton conducts aerospace medical and environmental health effects research to enhance warfighter health, safety, performance and readiness. The command addresses identified Fleet needs and results in products and solutions, ranging from basic knowledge to fielded technologies.