UTHealth to establish biosafety and infectious disease training program

Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health have received a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to set up a biosafety and infectious disease training initiative.

UTHealth will partner with the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit in Omaha to set up the new training program, which will include a hands-on operations-level course, an awareness-level course and an online community-level course.

"This award will allow us to develop and deliver meaningful training to a wide variety of audiences, including workers who we don't usually consider at-risk for exposure to the Ebola virus, such as public service employees, waste handlers, funeral directors and others," said Robert Emery, PhD, a professor at UTHealth School of Public Health and vice president of safety, health, environment and risk management at UTHealth.

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