RSVP to Ilona Steinhart,

From 1992 through FY13, the Department of Defense office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) managed more than $7.5 billion in congressional appropriations across biomedical research programs.

The FY14 Department of Defense Appropriations Act provides $581.4M in research funding for peer reviewed programs managed by the CDMRP.

Please join us for lunch and a discussion of the CDMRP with Dr. Smita Savant-Bhonsale, Senior Associate with Command Strategies, a government relations and business development firm that supports Northeastern in developing strategic  opportunities with DOD.

Dr. Bohnsale brings to the Command Strategies team 20 years of experience in the biological and medical fields both in research and management. She has significant experience in obtaining and managing federal and private investment in a wide range of medical research and applications. Her time spent in this field has included both the private sector and extensive work for the government and Armed Forces.

Prior to joining Command Strategies, Bohnsale served as Deputy Director of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM), an organization focused on the development and cutting edge medical capabilities for wounded soldiers. She has more than a decade of experience in medical research at nationally recognized institutions, including a five-year fellowship at John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Bohnsale is a published researcher and holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Marquette University and a M.S in Microbiology from the University of Baroda, India.