The Global Health Research Building (GHRB) Dedication Ceremony


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February 16, 2007

The Dedication Ceremony for the Global Health Research Building took place Friday, February 16 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am.  The festivities included a breakfast with presentations from leaders in the Duke Health Community followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the facilities by Dr. Richard Frothingham, GHRB Director.  The GHRB is the home of the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Infections and Biodefense (SERCEB) and is the first of 13 Regional Biocontainment Labs (RBL’s) to be constructed in the U.S. with funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The SERCEB was awarded to the Duke Human Vaccine Institute in 2002 to establish an academic research center that would address the threat of bioterrorism with novel strategies in biodefense research and boost the research effort against emerging infections such as avian influenza, SARS, and West Nile Fever Virus.  The GHRB will provide facilities to the SERCEB to enhance research in biosafety, infectious diseases, immunology and public health. 

Speakers at the GHRB Dedication ceremony included Richard Brodhead, Ph.D., president of Duke University; Victor Dzau, M.D., chancellor for health affairs at Duke University Medical Center; R. Sanders Williams, M.D., dean of the Duke University School of Medicine; Barton Haynes, M.D., director of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute; William Bell, mayor of Durham; Brian Letourneau, M.P.H., director of the Durham County Health Department; P. Frederick Sparling, M.D., director of the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Infections and Biodefense; and Michael Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Office of Biodefense Research Affairs at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID).
For more information, please read the press release from the Duke Med News Office.