Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

University of Louisville Plans Center to Prepare for Biological Attacks. (Louisville, KY)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

University of Louisville Plans Center to Prepare for Biological Attacks. (Louisville, KY)

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LOUISVILLE, KY.

The University of Louisville's role in the crisis-response network has expanded since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the recent anthrax exposures.

Its microbiology lab has tested more than 90 samples of mysterious substances reported by businesses and law-enforcement agencies. The university's professors also have advised the White House, Congress and federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To better coordinate such efforts and to educate local health-care workers, the university plans to create the Center for the Deterrence of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism. The center would bring together the school's experts in microbiology, public health, medicine and computer science to prepare for and respond to potential biological attacks.

"The goal is to bring these individuals together with additional experts, like in information systems, to detect the first increase in a disease that may involve bioterrorism or biowarfare," says Paul McKinney, director of the university's Institute for Public Health Research. …

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