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Volume 9, Number 14Space holderApril 7, 2005

Third public forum set for April 11 on biocontainment laboratory

The UW will hold another public forum to discuss its application to the National Institutes of Health for a proposed UW Regional Biocontainment Laboratory. The forum is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, April 11, in room 310 of the HUB on the UW campus.

A UW panel will discuss biocontainment facilities, as well as the research conducted and the safety and security measures used at such facilities. Vice Provost Steven Olswang will moderate the forum. Questions may be e-mailed to the forum moderator at or posted to the Web comment form at

The proposed lab would be used for research on emerging infectious diseases. The proposal includes possible lab spaces at Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL-2), as well as BSL-3. BSL-3 labs are used for researching pathogens which may cause serious or potentially lethal disease. The UW has labs at these levels with a history of operational excellence. Research in emerging infectious diseases at the proposed lab would maintain the UW's longstanding role as a leader in the field.

In 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services selected the UW as one of eight Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research. That grant provided $50 million in funding for UW-led research.

The April 11 forum was scheduled at a time of day that would allow ease of participation by faculty, staff, students, and others. It is the third in a series of public meetings to solicit opinions, concerns, and questions about the proposed project. The previous meetings were held on the evenings of February 23 and March 1.

For more information about the forum or the biocontainment lab proposal, call 206-221-4183, e-mail or visit

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