Biopreparedness

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center is home to the internationally-acclaimed Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU), which is one of only a few biocontainment units in the United States.  The NBU is equipped to care for patients with highly hazardous communicable diseases, and cared for several patients with Ebola virus disease during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, as well as the first COVID-19 patients in the state of Nebraska.  The NBU Medical Director is Dr. Angela Hewlett, Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases.  Dr. James Lawler and Dr. Elizabeth Schnaubelt serve as Associate Medical Directors.  The NBU has a dedicated team of healthcare workers, and also has an active research program.   The Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (https://www.unmc.edu/healthsecurity/index.html) is home to the national Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center, which features the nation's only federal quarantine unit and simulated biocontainment units for advanced experiential training.  UNMC ID Fellows participate in a specialized biopreparedness course which includes didactic education as well as hands-on training by internationally known experts in the field.  Fellows also have opportunities to participate in innovative research. 

 

After Ebola: Nebraska and the Next Pandemic

Midlanders of the Year: The Nebraska Ebola Team

A Nebraska Hospital Aimed to Contain the Virus. But It Had Already Spread

Nebraska's specialized medical care had handled Ebola.  Now it's taking on the noval coronavirus

In clinical trials and laboratories, the hunt is on to find vaccines and drugs to treat, prevent novel coronavirus

Inside the National Quarantine center, There is No Fear of Coronavirus.  There is Only Urgency.

 

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