Town Hall Meeting on Biodefense Research Facility to Be Held Monday

Posted: November 12, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Earlier this week, George Mason announced plans to build a biodefense research facility near the Prince William Campus and to seek $25 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to fund construction of the facility.

The facility will be part of the National Center for Biodefense at Prince William, and will house a biosafety level-3 (BSL-3) laboratory. BSL-3 labs are designed for research on biological agents that cause fatal diseases or have serious consequences, with the goal of developing and testing vaccines and other drug therapies that can protect people against bioterrorist weapons. Research will include nonhuman primate and aerobiology studies and focus on biological agents such as anthrax, tularemia, and plague.

Open meetings with Provost Peter Stearns and Chief of Staff Thomas Hennessey are planned for members of the university community interested in learning more about the project. The first one will be held at the Fairfax Campus on Monday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall. Other meetings are:

  • Monday, Nov. 22, 1-2 p.m.—Prince William Campus, Verizon Auditorium

  • Monday, Dec. 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.—Arlington Campus, Arlington I, Room 251

    For more information, see the Gazette story.

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