Updates

NIH to Expand Critical Catalog for Genomics Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to expand its Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Project, a genomics resource used by many scientists to study human health and disease. Funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of NIH, the ENCODE Project is generating a catalog of all the genes and regulatory elements in humans and select model organisms.

Kansas State University Is the 'Silicon Valley of Biodefense,' According to Blue Ribbon Study Panel

What Silicon Valley is to technology, Kansas State University is to biodefense. When former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle and the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense recently visited the Manhattan campus for a series of agrodefense discussions, the university cemented its status as a national leader in animal health, biosciences and food safety research.

A New Kind of Responder Brings Special Expertise to Disasters

Hazards associated with radiological or nuclear incidents are uniquely challenging for first responders. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has developed the Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS) Program as a field solution to make recommendations, interpret models, and analyze data for the incident commander.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Strides to Stop Spread of Disease and Infection

Scientists at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) are studying how to stop the spread of pandemic disease and infection. Using network science and numerous mathematical computations, the study observes how social behaviors can enhance or even reduce the transmission of disease in a population.

Designing Diagnostic Labs That Are Safe, Specific, and Sustainable

To detect an outbreak early, healthcare workers must have a local, trustworthy diagnostic laboratory. For the past five years Sandia’s International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction group has served as a trusted adviser for design of diagnostic labs around the world that are safe, secure, sustainable, specific and flexible.

Commercialized S&T Technologies Meet Critical Response Needs

Since technology can play a pivotal role in how first responders perform on the job, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group relies on first responder input throughout the research and development phases and beyond. Several technologies developed to meet the critical needs of first responders are now available for agencies to purchase and use.

Mason Leads Training for First Responders

A three-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides funding for biological safety training. Fire and emergency medical services and law enforcement personnel throughout the mid-Atlantic learn how to protect themselves during infectious disease outbreaks or pandemics thanks to training from George Mason University’s Office of Safety, Emergency, and Enterprise Risk Management.

Pennsylvania Launches TRAIN Learning Network Site

Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency have partnered to launch TRAIN PA, the state’s new TRAIN Learning Network site. TRAIN PA joins a growing list of TRAIN Affiliates that use the TRAIN Learning Network to collaborate on workforce development and capacity-building initiatives across state agencies, local health departments, and other partners.

Statement by Secretary Kelly on Inauguration Security

This statement by the Secretary of U.S. Homeland Security, Gen. John Kelly, thanks the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security and other state, local, and federal law enforcement personnel for their work during the 58th presidential inauguration.

South African Study Provides Compelling New Evidence on Role of Person-to Person Transmission in Drug-Resistant TB Epidemics

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine provides compelling evidence that extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) is spread from person-to-person in the KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa from 2011–2014. It builds on a growing body of evidence showing that person-to-person transmission, not just inadequate treatment, is driving the spread of drug-resistant TB.http://whsc.emory.edu/home