Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

DSTL’s purpose is to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the UK.

DSTL’s Biomedical Sciences operational department works with the military medical community to ensure UK armed forces have the best casualty care, from surgical procedures right through to medical equipment at the frontline.

Among DSTL’s biomedical successes is the adoption of the ROTEM system for assessing blood clotting in trauma patients. This was done through close collaboration with both military and civilian clinicians, including those working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

DSTL is based at Porton Down, near Salisbury, in Wiltshire. The site has been used as a medical research facility since 1916.

DSTL’s Dr Emrys Kirkman gave the inaugural lecture at the SRMRC’s inaugural symposium on September 28 2011, looking at how DSTL works to provide scientific support to the treatment of patients.