CDC announces medical research center funding
The CDC funds, which amount to $11 million, will be used to find potential new and better ways to stop infectious diseases from spreading within healthcare facilities.
These new U.S. academic institutions are now included in the CDC’s Prevention Epicenters. Now that the six new centers have united with the five preexisting Epicenters, researchers will have more collaboration to find new methods of protecting people throughout the U.S. and around the world.
“It can be difficult and challenging to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases in health care facilities,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. “To protect Americans, it’s critical that we develop the cutting edge science needed to stay ahead of the germs. The six institutions receiving these funds are doing just that.”
Collaboration is crucial to healthcare breakthroughs.
“Through the Prevention Epicenters Program, academic leaders in health care epidemiology can work together and with CDC to innovate and stay ahead of the spread of germs,” Dr. John A. Jernigan, director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation within CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, said. “This program allows us to work closely with leading academic researchers to find out how to better reduce the risk of health care-associated infections and improve patient safety.”