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Regional consortium of universities chosen for biodefense initiative

DURHAM, NC A consortium of investigators from six regional universities has been chosen to be part of a new biodefense initiative that will work to develop the next generation of vaccines, drugs and diagnostic tests against emerging infections such as SARS, and for defense against organisms such as smallpox that might be used in bioterrorist attacks.

The Southeast Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Infections and Biodefense (SERCEB) will include researchers from Duke University Medical Center, Emory University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The consortium will be centered at Duke and led by Barton Haynes, M.D., of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. Its co-leaders are David Stephens, M.D., Emory University; Richard Whitley, M.D., UAB; Richard Moyer, Ph.D., University of Florida; Frederick Sparling, M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine; and Mark Denison, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Health and Human Services today announced more than $45 million in funding over five years for the SERCEB consortium, one of eight "Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research." The centers will develop and conduct programs of basic and applied research; train researchers and other personnel for emerging infection and biodefense research activities; and develop and maintain comprehensive scientific core facilities to support their research and training activities.

SERCEB will also maintain and make available core facilities and other support to approved investigators from academia, industry and government agencies in the region. These investigators will be able to perform basic research and test and evaluate vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics for emergi
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Contact: Laura Brinn
laura.brinn@duke.edu
919-684-4148
Duke University Medical Center
4-Sep-2003


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