Rutgers University opens new emergency preparedness institute

Rutgers University officially opened the Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security on Friday in New Brunswick, N.J.

The institute is composed of programs both new and established at Rutgers, and will bring together experts from throughout New Jersey in fields including medicine, physical sciences, public safety and the humanities. It will serve as a single access point for government agencies, businesses and other groups.

"Rutgers established the institute to play a leadership role, nationally and internationally, in the fields of emergency preparedness, disaster response and homeland security," Clifton R. Lacy, a physician and the institute's director, said. "It brings together experts from the broad spectrum of disciplines that exist at Rutgers University - to forge collaborations among those professionals and between Rutgers faculty and entities in the public and private sectors."

The institute will work with Rutgers-led research projects funded by the federal government, including two Department of Homeland Security centers of excellence focused on data and a National Institutes of Health center that works to develop chemical terrorism countermeasures.

Advisory members on the Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security board include former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean and other academic, business and public leaders.

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