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  • NHRC Hosts Public Health Scientists from Mexico for Joint Training

    SAN DIEGO – The Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) recently hosted an exchange visit with four scientists from Mexico’s Instituto de Diagnostico y Referencia Epidemiologicos (InDRE) for training in molecular biology, microbiology, and laboratory safety Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

    The U.S.-Mexico border is the world’s busiest port of entry, with an estimated 350,000,000 crossings per year. In addition to the people crossing the border, there is the potential for pathogens to make the crossing as well.

    “Since 2004, NHRC has been has been collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)  Border Infectious Disease Surveillance (BIDS) program, InDRE, which is Mexico’s version of the CDC, and county public health departments to enhance infectious disease surveillance activities along the border,” said Cmdr. Gary Brice, director for operational infectious diseases at NHRC.

    “We started the annual training in response to the 2009 influenza pandemic,” said Brice. “NHRC was the first laboratory to detect the pandemic strain of influenza. The training has expanded over the years to other areas of research that our lab and InDRE share an interest, such as viral and bacterial culture and identification, serology, and laboratory quality checks and assurance.”

    According to Brice, the collaboration has fostered cooperation and communication between the two countries and their public health agencies. Ultimately, the ongoing, mutually beneficial relationship between NHRC, the CDC, InDRE and local public health departments strengthens preparedness for future disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.

    As the DoD’s premier deployment health research center, NHRC’s cutting-edge research and development is used to optimize the operational health and readiness of the nation’s armed forces. In proximity to more than 95,000 active duty service members, world-class universities, and industry partners, NHRC sets the standard in joint ventures, innovation, and translational research.​