The cornerstone of Mayo Clinic's rich heritage and commitment to military service can be traced back to the earliest days of our history, starting with Dr. William Worrall Mayo's service to the U.S. Army and his medical contributions during the Civil War. This tradition of service is part of our strategic makeup and core beliefs and continues today through Mayo Clinic's efforts directly related to training, supporting and healing our country's military members.

"Medicine gives only to those who give, but her reward for those who serve is 'finer than much fine gold.' " — Charles H. Mayo, M.D.

The Mayo Clinic Department of Defense (DOD) Medical Research Office, which oversees Mayo's portfolio of DOD-funded research, has evolved from a long and successful partnership with the U.S. government. Today, dozens of Mayo researchers receive funding for special projects that are advancing areas of national health, sustainability, security and education by developing new technologies and solutions.

Through new applications of advanced science and medicine, Mayo researchers have produced hundreds of solutions to address the challenges faced by the Department of Defense (DOD) in keeping our country and the military operating efficiently and safely.

DOD research entities include the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

The goal of the Mayo Clinic Strategic Funding Office for Research — the primary liaison of the Mayo Clinic DOD Medical Research Office — is to link the research needs of the DOD with Mayo Clinic research interests and secure funding for research and development.

This research office promotes the multidisciplinary strength of our research faculty and our dynamic application of health-related innovation and technology.

Just as our men and women in uniform continue to support and serve our nation, Mayo Clinic in turn will continue with its mission of service, defined by our clinic's founders so long ago, and strive to support and heal our men and women in uniform.

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