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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Programs

We use our expertise to fight Highly Hazardous Communicable Diseases, and creating a network to prepare for and respond to high-consequence infections. 

This work includes a clinical trials network and rapid exchange of information during international pandemics, as well as improving the treatment and survival of sepsis in African and Asia. Whether through on-the-ground training or collaborations on life-saving research, the Global Center for Health Security's research programs are making a difference – for right now and for future generations. 

Our training programs include collaborations with other academic health centers, the federal government and projects around the world, to include grants, networks and collaborators,   external partners, and programs and projects funded and/or led by our GCHS Scholars. Take a look below to learn more about our program partners. 

 

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Grants

National Infection Control Strengthening (NICS)

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University Nebraska Medical Center, in partnership with Nebraska Medicine, was selected as an innovation partner as part of Project Firstline. With experts in infectious disease leading the project, its’ goal is to improve infection prevention and control (IPC) in small and rural healthcare facilities, as well as advance the ability of healthcare professionals to provide safe and effective clinical care. The project’s mission is to develop practical innovations and tools to meet this objective. The NICS website is currently being developed.

Strengthening Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control (SHIPC)

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Strengthening Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control and Improving Patient Safety in the United States (SHIPC) focuses on targeting innovation to vulnerable aspects of our healthcare system that face persistent challenges in infection prevention control (IPC) outcomes. More content is currently being developed. Please check back soon to learn more.

National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC)

NETEC's mission is to set the gold standard for special pathogen preparedness and response across health systems in the U.S. with the goals of driving best practices, closing knowledge gaps, and developing innovative resources

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Region VII Disaster Health Response Ecosystem (R7DHRE)

The goal of this project is a flexible, self-organizing R7DHRE that will provide a grassroots readiness network during a "Disease X" or special pathogens outbreak. This is one of two demonstration projects nationwide charged by the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

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Region VII Emerging Special Pathogen Treatment Center (RESPTC)

RESPTC is located within University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine. As the RESPTC for the Region VII area, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit is prepared to care for patients with highly hazardous communicable infectious diseases and has committed to sharing our knowledge and expertise by providing educational offerings. The education will be delivered in multiple formats such as courses, webinars, videos, and zoom conversations with experts on relevant topics.

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Networks & Collaborators

Global Infectious Disease Preparedness Network (GIDPN)

Partnering with institutions with high-level isolation units in Singapore, Germany, South Korea and China, we are are developing a clinical trials network and clinical response force to ensure a rapid exchange of information and resources during pandemics. The goal: Local and worldwide health system and public health preparedness.

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Austere Environment Consortium for Enhanced Spesis Outcomes (ASECO)

ASECO is part of a multinational, multidisciplinary team composed of military and academic institutions in the U.S., Uganda, and Ghana, with clinical research sites in Africa and Asia. The consortium works to improve treatment and survival for sepsis patients under resource-limited conditions.

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Nigeria Preparedness Initiative

When Nigeria reached out to the U.S. government for expertise in preparing for an Ebola outbreak, the Department of Defense turned to UNMC and the Global Center for Health Security. The result was the Nigeria Biopreparedness Initiative, a collaboration of the Joint Africa Research Group, U.S. and Nigerian military, and other affiliated researchers and clinicians. Nigerian clinicians have since been trained in the “Nebraska Method” for health system preparedness and safely treating high-consequence infections.

External Partners

GCHS Ethics Advisory Committee

Our ethics committee initially focused on helping health care institutions analyze and resolve ethical issues involving Crisis Standards of Care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee's work has extended to include key bioethics issues within research, clinical, and public health ethics. The committee accepts requests from civic, health care, and professional organizations related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Nebraska Drug Development Pipeline by NSRI

This National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) project aims to turn the University of Nebraska into what one UNMC scientist calls “a virtual pharmaceutical company.” The Defense Health Agency, in collaboration with Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, has tasked the National Strategic Research Institute with moving potential drug candidates toward clinical trials – and funded the effort with a five-year, $11 million grant titled the Nebraska Drug Development Pipeline.

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Center for Staphylococcal Research

At UNMC's Center for Staphylococcal Research (CSR), nationally-lauded clinicians and scientists work on innovative strategies – for example investigating how ultrasound-mediated microbubbles, when combined with antibiotics, can be used to knock staph bacteria biofilm away from heart valves – for fighting deadly staph infections. This is the nation’s first research center dedicated to staphylococcal research and translational treatment strategies.

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Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness (C-STARS)

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Bioinformatic Research Education Pipeline

The Bioinformatic Research Education Pipeline is part of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. This program is preparing the next generation of talented young scientists ready to step up to work in Department of Defense next-generation sequencing technologies for immunology, genomics and infectious disease research. Bioinformatics Research Education Pipeline products will protect U.S. service members from biological threats and test deployable therapies.

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Special Pathogens Research Network (SPRN)

SPRN is a network of U.S. institutions with high-level clinical isolations units that are committed to the development and maintenance of rapid response clinical research infrastructure. The GCHS leads the SPRN with the network Director at UNMC and with core network central IRB infrastructure being housed at UNMC. The network has been leveraged and funded by federal agencies such as NIH and BARDA as well as industry to rapidly implement special pathogens clinical trials and expand access investigational new drug protocols. The network receives longitudinal extramural funding through the National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education.

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Grants & External Partners

Training, Simulation, and Quarantine Center (TSQC)

The TSQC at UNMC is funded by ASPR and hosts a twenty-bed National Quarantine Unit, the nation's only federal quarantine unit. In addition, the TSQC offers a six-bed National Biocontainment Training Center, a simulated biocontainment unit for advanced experiential training. This high-fidelity simulation center includes a mock lab and autoclave. The location of the Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center within the Davis Global Center, places it in close proximity to several high-tech advanced interprofessional simulation and learning environments.

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National Disaster Medical System Pilot Program

The National Disaster Medical System Pilot Program is a uniformed services, university-funded program to strengthen interoperable partnerships across the NDMS to care for the nation’s combat casualties by increasing medical surge capabilities and capacity. The GCHS is working to establish a collaborative network of federal and civilian partners to inform and enhance system-wide medical surge capacity, capability, and interoperability.

Public Health Training Service (D-SAFE)

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Scholars' Programs & Projects

Emerging Threats Epidemiology Group (ETEG)

The Emerging Threats Epidemiology Group (ETEG), funded and led by Dr. David-Brett Major focuses on epidemiologic aspects of health security risk, oriented towards impact on patient and community centered outcomes. With work streams that range from studies in the field, clinic, or laboratory to policy discernment and risk management, ETEG seeks to consistently generate actionable public health knowledge. The ETEG works with a diverse array of partners and is always looking for new opportunities for collaboration.

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Capabilities

Educational & Training, Research, and Clinical Capabilities