UMass Lowell, Mass General Brigham to Train Military, Police, Security on Stress Situations

UMass Lowell Chancellor Julie Chen addresses participants during a listening tour. (Courtesy photograph.)

To submit school announcements, click on image.

UMass Lowell and Mass General Brigham said this week they will work together to advance cognitive and decision-making performance for members of the military, law enforcement and security during stressful, complex situations.

Together, they said, they will tap the expertise of researchers at each institution to adapt and apply knowledge developed for top athletes to create a library of realistic training scenarios designed to enhance specific aspects of cognition as identified by the U.S. armed services. In addition to the joint research, UMass Lowell Chancellor Julie Chen praised the opportunities created for students for advanced learning through co-ops, internships and hands-on learning.

“Working directly with Mass General Brigham gives our students the opportunity to work with a world-class organization and engage in unrivaled learning experiences in kinesiology, exercise physiology, neuroscience and across the life sciences,” Chen said.

She also pointed to opportunities for faculty and researchers at both organizations to advance discoveries through UMass Lowell’s Harnessing Emerging Research Opportunities to Empower Soldiers—or HEROES—program and Mass General Brigham’s Center for Sports Performance and Research.

“Ensuring these brave individuals have access to perform their duties in the best way possible is something our entire team at the Center for Sports Performance and Research is ready to get started,” said R. Scott Gassett, vice president of sports medicine at Mass General Brigham.

Mass General Brigham joins Draper as a member of the Lowell Innovation Network Corridor—or LINC. Congresswoman Lori Trahan, who helped launch LINC in March, applauded the announcement.

“With the addition of Mass General Brigham, the Lowell Innovation Network Corridor continues to attract exceptional organizations leading cutting-edge work in health, sciences, microelectronics and manufacturing,” said Trahan. “The future is bright for UMass Lowell students, Mill City families and our local economy, which will benefit from the $3.7 billion in economic activity and 2,000 permanent jobs created through LINC.”

Comments are closed.