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2013-04-30 16:28:53

BALTIMORE, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC in Baltimore today announced its new name: the UPMC Center for Health Security. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130425/DC02018LOGO ) Fifteen years ago, the Center started as an organization dedicated to diminishing the public health consequences of biological threats, and it will continue to work on the full range of biosecurity challenges. In recent years, the Center's focus has expanded to...

2012-12-12 12:22:36

BALTIMORE, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new book, Preparing for Bioterrorism, written by Gigi Kwik Gronvall and published by the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, tells the story of some of the important biosecurity projects funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and how they left the nation better prepared to deal with bioterrorism. Each project is its own story in the book. What emerges is a history of the past decade of progress in biosecurity preparedness in communities...

2012-03-07 09:32:00

Offsite Planning to Reduce the Public's Exposure to Radiation BALTIMORE, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a report released today, researchers at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC assess offsite policies and plans that can be put in place to reduce the exposure of the public to radiation in the event of a nuclear power plant accident. Even amidst the devastation following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year that killed more than 20,000 people, it was the accident...

2011-09-09 08:12:00

Recommendations Offered on Future Direction BALTIMORE, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC released online ahead of print a new publication, A Crossroads in Biosecurity: Steps to Strengthen U.S. Preparedness, which takes stock of progress since 2001 and makes recommendations for change that would help build resilience and preparedness against biological threats. "Many important government and private sector programs were born in response to the...

2009-09-23 11:13:00

Majority of funding goes to programs with both biodefense & non-biodefense goals BALTIMORE, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since 2001, the U.S. government has substantially increased funding toward preparing the nation against a bioterrorist attack. For the past several years, the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has analyzed government spending on biosecurity. In an article published in the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, author Crystal...

2009-08-05 13:27:00

Similarities Between 2 Pandemics Can Aid in Preparedness and Response BALTIMORE, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the U.S. prepares for a resurgence of H1N1 influenza this fall, much can be learned from looking at a previous pandemic that had similar patterns. In an article published today in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, researchers at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) examined historical documents, published material, and newspaper...

2009-06-04 09:37:00

WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Trust for America's Health (TFAH), the Center for Biosecurity, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) issued a new analysis today, Pandemic Flu: Lessons From the Frontlines, which found that the initial response to the H1N1 outbreak showed strong coordination and communication and an ability to adapt to changing circumstances from U.S. officials, but it also showed how quickly the nation's core public health capacity would be overwhelmed if...

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2009-04-24 13:22:16

U.S. hospitals are notably better prepared for disasters than they were before the September 11 attacks, but experts warned Thursday that their medical facilities are still poorly equipped and in need of vast improvement should any catastrophic event like natural disasters or terrorist attacks occur. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, a 2002 U.S. governmental program was instituted in order to assist hospitals in training their staff and coordinate planning with one another as well as...