• The National Institute of Health (NIH) have awarded a grant of $112,000 to the John A. Burns School of Medicine ((JABSOM) at the University of Hawaii to expand its studies of a proposed Ebola virus disease vaccine candidate. According to the University of Hawaii the vaccine candidate has been proven effective in clinical animal studies. “We are looking to see if our vaccine candidate can protect in other members in the filovirus family, viruses that are related to Ebola virus such as Marburg virus and Sudan virus,” Liana Medina, a PhD candidate at UH, said.“We would also like to see if using proteins from Ebola virus can protect against infection with closely related viruses,”

  • The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has awarded Southern Research two contracts for nonclinical research services advancing the agency’s work to protect the U.S. against infectious disease and bio-terror threats. One of the contracts is for developing novel animal models to test the effectiveness of medical countermeasures against biological threat agents. The BARDA contracts have a minimum value of $45 million and a maximum value of $90 million and a base term of five years. “This work positions Southern Research to play a key role in protecting against potentially serious public health issues,” said Tim McGrath, vice president, Drug Development. “We have the expertise and capabilities to accelerate the development of vaccines and therapeutics that are effective against biological threat agents.”

  • As part of their PRIMED series FLIR have released over ten online CBRNe training videos for the first responder community, including free downloadable materiel. There are eleven more episodes scheduled to be released between now and the end of this year, with a further six to be released in the first quarter of 2018. Episode 11 of the PRIMED series focuses on the recent hot button topic of ‘Responding to Unknown Powders’ and includes a free downloadable on-scene checklist. Full information and all of the episodes currently available from FLIR can be found here http://www.flir.com/primed/

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