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CDC names 6 new research Epicenters to accelerate innovations

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New funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than doubled the number of CDC Prevention Epicenters. Six new American academic institutions join the five existing Epicenters working to discover new ways to protect patients from dangerous germs.

The CDC awarded a total of $11 million to the six academic institutions to identify possible new and improved ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola in health care facilities. The goal is to help doctors and nurses better protect the health and safety of their patients, and each other, from high-risk disease threats.

“It can be difficult and challenging to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases in health care facilities,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “To protect Americans, it’s critical that we develop the cutting edge science needed to stay ahead of the germs. The six institutions receiving these funds are doing just that.”

The additional institutions funded to identify infectious disease-related innovations from 2015 to 2018 are:

  • Emory University
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of Utah

The new Prevention Epicenters will focus on projects that:

  • Prevent the spread of infectious germs in health care facilities, including Ebola virus
  • Evaluate best approaches to using personal protective equipment
  • Study novel approaches to minimizing the role of the health care environment in germ transmission

CDC’s existing Prevention Epicenters are:

  • Cook County Health & Hospital System and Rush University Medical Center
  • Duke University
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and University of California, Irvine
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University