Actor Robert David Hall (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) Discusses Biomedical Research for Wounded Troops

Sep 13, 2011, 10:19 ET from Foundation for Biomedical Research

FBR hosts distinguished panel discussion at National Press Club on cutting-edge biomedical research advancements for both wounded soldiers and civilians

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) announced today it will host a press conference at the National Press Club (Holeman Lounge) in Washington, DC, on Thursday, September 15th at 10:00 AM to discuss biomedical research advancements in prosthetics, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury that are helping both troops and civilians. Robert David Hall, who stars in the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, will discuss his experience as a double leg amputee and how prosthetics have improved over the past 30 years. Other panelists include: Lieutenant Colonel Tim Karcher (U.S. Army) who became a double leg amputee from an EFP (explosively formed penetrator) in Iraq; Dr. Regina Armstrong, director of Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM); Paul McKellips, executive vice president of FBR; Rebekah Lovorn, executive director of No Greater Sacrifice.

"As someone who has lived as a double leg amputee for the past 30 years, I'm always excited for research breakthroughs in prosthetics that can help both troops and civilians," said Hall. "It's ironic that the greatest advancements in prosthetics and other conditions have often happened because of war. Necessity is the mother of invention and, thus, we are now seeing incredible research innovations in the areas of prosthetics, TBI and PTSD that are helping troops returning from the battlefield and can also help civilians living with these same conditions."

The panelists will discuss recent advances in biomedical research for the treatment of battlefield injuries, amputations, brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. A new national public opinion poll will also be released illuminating Americans' opinions of biomedical research and surrounding controversies. Credentialed press and the public are invited to attend. Please email or call 202-457-0654 for more information about the event or booking interviews with panelists.  

Established in 1981, FBR is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to educating the public about the essential role of biomedical research in the quest for medical advancements, treatments and cures for both humans and animals.  For more information, visit

SOURCE Foundation for Biomedical Research