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Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases

The main goal of the CBEID is to support the mission of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity (IHII) by coordinating activities and research involving infectious agents, particularly emerging infectious diseases and agents of bioterrorism. The CBEID has two main objectives:

  • To reduce the vulnerability of the US and other nations to the use of biological weapons for warfare and terrorism.
  • To alleviate suffering from emerging and tropical infectious diseases through application of basic, translational, and field research, and through education.

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Center for Tropical Diseases

Our Mission is to eliminate suffering caused by tropical diseases through basic, applied and field research, education, and service. We achieve this mission through our goals:

  • Facilitate opportunities for research training, synergistic partnerships, and funding.
  • Promote the implementation of research discoveries that will impact the health of people in the tropics.
  • Enhance the scientific expertise and infrastructure of tropical infectious diseases research.
  • Enhance synergy between CTD investigators at UTMB and between CTD investigators and international partners.
  • Integrate with other UTMB Global Health education and service programs.
  • Encourage strategic expansion of research in chronic diseases relevant to the tropics.

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Galveston National Lab We seek to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying the spread of infectious diseases and the pathogenesis of the diseases they cause. Through new discoveries, we promote new strategies for their control – all within a safe and secure research environment.

The GNL is a national resource comprising an important part of our country’s research infrastructure. Work done within the GNL complements and enhances UTMB’s decades of prominence in biomedical research. It also provides a world-renowned center for training researchers in infectious diseases.

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Our Mission is to coordinate, facilitate and enhance the activities of UTMB's research centers and programs that focus on advancing the fields of infection and immunity. 

IHII programs and centers include the Galveston National Laboratory, the Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Center for Tropical Diseases, the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, the World Reference Center for Emerging Viruses and Arboviruses, the McLaughlin Endowment for Infection and Immunity, and the Western Gulf Center for Vector-Borne Diseases.

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The University of Texas Health-related Institutions came together for an exploratory collaboration meeting. Each institution provided an overview of their campus structure, programs, activities and challenges.

  • Unanimous agreement that each institution wants to collaborate as a group.
  • Desire to meet regularly and explore options for structuring.
  • Recognition that lessons learned abroad are applicable to our local low resource communities.
  • Priority health issues in Texas to jointly study and address
  • Willingness to share information and programs.
UT System Collaboration 2017

Institutions in attendance were: UT Dell, UT Houston, UT MD Anderson, UT Rio Grande Valley, UT Health San Antonio, UT Southwestern and UTMB.