Mason to Pursue Advanced Biodefense Research

Posted: November 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

The School of Computational Sciences (SCS) and Advanced Biosystems, Inc., a subsidiary of Hadron, Inc., of Alexandria, are pursuing a collaborative program at the Prince William Campus to enhance research and educational objectives in biodefense research.

“We are pleased to have scientists from Advanced Biosystems working with our faculty on a systems approach to human immune responses,” says W. Murray Black, SCS dean. “Our collaboration will work in an important branch of medical science devoted to developing new scientific approaches to protect us against infections.”

An initial goal of the collaboration is the development of a deep understanding of immune system status under normal and stressed conditions. The focus of such knowledge is the development of new approaches to treatment of infectious diseases. Such an outcome is deemed essential to neutralize threats inherent in the world’s known arsenal of biological weapons.

The collaboration provides an opportunity for development of a world-class educational and research program in immunology. Black explains that George Mason officials have conducted an environmental safety review for this joint collaboration, and the research does not involve the use of human subjects or lethal microorganisms. The program is funded primarily by a grant awarded to Advanced Biosystems from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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