In 2012 Col. Karl E. Friedl, PhD, retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service. His last assignment was as the director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Frederick, Maryland.
He received his doctor of philosophy (integrative physiology) from the University of California at Santa Barbara Institute of Environmental Stress in 1984.
As a research physiologist, he has published 150 papers, book chapters and other reviews and technical reports. As a research manager and director, he has facilitated research cooperation between government agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture and organized and directed research initiatives such as military women’s health, Gulf War illnesses, bone health and Parkinson’s research programs. His research focus areas are applications of metabolism and neurobiology technologies, assessment methods and metrics of research success and strategies to accelerate research translation to practice.
He is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the Endocrine Society and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. His awards and recognition include the Legion of Merit (2d OLC), the Morris K. Udall Award for Public Service, the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Alzheimer’s Research Award, the Founder’s Award for the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Diabetes Technology Society Research Leadership Award.