Mason Holds Press Conference for Biodefense Center

Posted: February 12, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason holds a press conference tomorrow from 10 to 11 a.m. to announce the creation of the Center for Biodefense and introduce its executive administrators. Kenneth Alibek, former first deputy chief of the civilian branch of the Soviet Union’s Offensive Biological Weapons Program, and Charles Bailey, former commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, will oversee the center.

The center addresses challenges to national and international security posed by threats of biological terrorism and the proliferation of biological weapons. Alibek and Bailey are researching new ways to understand and treat diseases, creating curricula to train doctors and first responders, and developing public health programs.

Speakers include President Alan Merten; Alibek, distinguished professor of medical microbiology and immunology; and Bailey, distinguished professor of biology.

The event is held in the National Press Club’s Peter Lisagor Room, 529 14th St., N.W.,

Washington, D.C.

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