Our Research Programs
Whether through on-the-ground training or collaborations on life-saving research, the Global Center for Health Security's research programs making a difference -- for right now and for future generations.
Special Pathogens Research Network
Part of the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC), the Special Pathogens Research Network is a further collaboration with Emory University, and the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, Bellevue Hospital, under the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This network puts Regional Treatment Centers and biocontainment units across the country on the same page to share findings and standardize research training and protocols for the study of emerging infections.
Nebraska Drug Development Pipeline
With for-profit pharmaceutical companies often reluctant to embark upon financially risky drug discovery efforts, 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 (DHA), in collaboration with Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, has tasked NSRI with moving potential drug candidates toward clinical trials – and funded the effort with a five-year, $11 million grant.
Center for Staphylococcal Research
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.
Bioinformatics Research Education Pipeline
We’re preparing the next generation of talented young scientists ready to step into the Department of Defense workforce fully trained in modern 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. This work is in conjunction with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
Nigeria Biopreparedness 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. In July 2019 a handful of Global Center for Health Security personnel were on the ground in Lagos, training Nigerian clinicians in the “Nebraska Method” for health system preparedness and safely treating high-consequence infections.