Rutgers launches COVID-19 center to aid pandemic

By Emily Bader
New Jersey | Mar 25, 2020 at 10:16 am

Rutgers University announced on Tuesday it has established a new center that will help coordinate research and outreach efforts to combat COVID-19.

“Given our expertise and the health needs at the state and national levels, we are excited to announce the establishment of the center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness to address SARS CoV-2, the causative pathogen of COVID-19, and other emerging pathogen threats,” Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and executive vice president for health affairs, said.

The center, which will be located within the Rutgers Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases, will be a hub for the university’s coronavirus research and information.

“We have no doubt that our new center will be nationally renowned not only as related to COVID-19 research but also other serious infection-related research and preparedness,” Bishr Omary, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and research at RBHS, said.

David Alland, director of Rutgers’ Public Health Research Institute and chief of infectious diseases at New Jersey Medical School, will serve as the director of the center.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working in every way possible with the Rutgers research community as well as external stake holders and partners,” Alland said.

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