CDC to increase Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will increase the number of Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers to nine following the awarding of $2.7 million to create two more of the centers.

The new centers will be used to conduct research to evaluate the structure, capabilities and performance of public health systems for preparedness and emergency response activities.

“This is an excellent opportunity to work with a variety of experts to enhance our nation’s public health preparedness systems,” Dr. Dan Sosin, acting director of CDC’s Coordinating Office for Preparedness and Emergency Response, said. "We look forward to the science-based research these universities plan to provide and implementing it toward supporting public health practice and strengthening our preparedness for future public health emergencies.”

The CDC originally funded seven of the research centers in 2008. There were more than 20 applications to that original funding announcement from accredited schools of public health seeking to develop such centers. As a result, University of California - Berkeley and the University of California - Los Angeles were both placed on a wait list until additional funds became available in 2009.

The Pandemic and All-Hazards preparedness Act of 2006 mandates the establishment of these research centers and calls for research to improve federal, state, local and tribal public health preparedness and response systems.