Infectious-Disease Research: New Center at University of Minnesota. (EH Update)
The University of Minnesota Academic Health Center has established a new Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and appointed Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H., as its director. Osterholm, who has been a member of the university's adjunct faculty for 23 years, is the former state epidemiologist of Minnesota. He founded and for the past two years was chair of ican, Inc. Osterholm will have an appointment in the School of Public Health.
The new center, which will be self-supporting, secured initial funding of $500,000 from the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Foundation for Education, Public Health and Social Justice (RKMC Foundation), which is dedicated to funding initiatives that challenge systems and offer creative solutions to today's problems. Other sources of private funds, grants, and donations are also being secured.
"We are pleased to invest in enhancing the Academic Health Center's reputation in public health," said Michael V. Ciresi, chair of the RKMC Foundation board. "We believe that Mike Osterholm will lead the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy to a worldwide leadership position."
The center's purpose is to conduct research and provide information to policy makers so that they can develop and change public policies to reduce illness and death from infectious disease. …