The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday that six more health care centers across the U.S. have been named prevention epicenters.
The newly named epicenters, which will be charged with developing and researching protective measures and countermeasures against emerging pathogens, are Johns Hopkins University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Emory University, University of Iowa, University of Utah and University of Maryland at Baltimore.
"It can be difficult and challenging to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases in health care facilities,” CDC Director 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.”
The CDC states that a total of $11 million has been awarded to the six institutions and will initially serve in this respect between 2015 and 2018. Among their research targets are preventing the spread of infectious disease and developing ways to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections. These institutions are also tasked with the evaluation of the best usage of personal protective equipment and research into minimizing health care related germ transmission.
These institutions join the list of epicenters that includes Washington University, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania and the Cook County Health and Hospital System.