Implants made of biocompatible material will help heal soldiers wounded in the battlefield and civilians as well through research at Rice University and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The implants hold open a space for a more permanent repair. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

A student at Rice University mixes a batch of bone cement that can be used in craniofacial reconstruction. Rice, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and other Texas Medical Center institutions are part of a Department of Defense grant to improve technologies to help soldiers wounded on the battlefield. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

Sarita Shah, left, and Alexander Tatara, center, students in the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program, work with Kurt Kasper, a faculty fellow in bioengineering at Rice University. They are part of Rice’s commitment to help soldiers and civilians through the Department of Defense-funded AFIRM-II program, announced today. The students are engaged in Ph.D. studies in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice, after which they will complete their M.D. studies at Baylor College of Medicine. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

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