Category: Events

Rhett Talks w/ Paul Duprex – Bringing Viruses in from the Cold and Heating them Up!

December 12th, 2014 in Events, Featured, In The News, Video

November 20, 2014

Filmed on November 20, 2014. Lecture by Paul Duprex, the Associate Professor of Microbiology, Director of Cell and Tissue Imaging, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Institute (NEIDL), Boston University School of Medicine.

I am fascinated by viruses! As nature’s nanomachines, they are incredibly diverse and come in more “flavors” than all the plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and other unicellular organisms on earth put together. Why? Because as the nursery rhyme says, “Big fleas have little fleas, upon their backs to bite ’em, and little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum.” I will discuss why and how pathogen taming scientists bring these invisible, transmissible harbingers of disease in from the wild rather than leave them to their own devices.

Emergency Response Exercise to be Conducted at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories

December 9th, 2014 in Events, Press Releases

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2014

Contact: Tom Testa (617) 353-7628 , ttesta@bu.edu

(Boston) – On Thursday December 11, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Boston University (BU) and the City of Boston will conduct a joint full scale emergency response simulation at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) at 620 Albany Street. This exercise is part of the NEIDL’s ongoing safety and training program for laboratory personnel and internal and external response officials.

This exercise will simulate an emergency response to a spill of material from the Effluent Decontamination System at the NEIDL. The participants in this exercise include: NEIDL operations staff and researchers, BU Public Safety, Boston Emergency Medical Services, Boston Fire and Police Departments, Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Boston Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, the Boston Public Health Commission and the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.

While the exercise will have no affect or impact on neighborhood traffic, there will be a number of local emergency response vehicles parked at the NEIDL.

Following this exercise, all participants will convene to review and critique the response in order to continuously improve response and training.

BSL-4 research is not being conducted at the NEIDL now and will not commence until the completion of further regulatory approvals.

 

Going Public with Ebola; NEIDL Director says Scientists Need to Engage with the Public about the Disease

November 20th, 2014 in Events, Featured, In The News

Original article from: BU Today posted on November 20, 2014. By Sara Rimer

Speaking at a public forum on Ebola at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) on November 7, 2014, NEIDL director Ronald B. Corley stressed the importance of scientists engaging with the public about the realities of the disease. The NEIDL, he said, has mounted an education outreach campaign to do just that.

“It’s not just about Ebola,” Corley told the audience of several dozen people from the business and health care community. “It’s about infectious diseases in general. It’s about research. We have to show we’re not just nerds working in a facility. We want to exchange information—not just with our nerd colleagues, but with the public in general. It’s not something we’ve done well over the last 10 to 20 years and it’s up to us to change, I think.”

The forum was convened by The New England Council, a business organization that has been a strong supporter of research at the NEIDL. Corley was joined by Nahid Bhadelia, a physician who is director of infection control for the NEIDL and who traveled to Sierra Leone in August to help care for Ebola patients; Paul Biddinger, chief of the division of emergency preparedness and medical director for emergency department operations at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Jamie Childs, a Yale School of Public Health senior research scientist and lecturer in epidemiology.

 

Read Full Article on BU Today

Dr. Paul Duprex Presents at The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity

November 18th, 2014 in Events, Featured

Original Video from: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB)

October 22, 2014

The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) is a federal advisory committee that addresses issues related to biosecurity and dual use research of concern (DURC) at the request of the United States Government. The NSABB has up to 25 voting members with a broad range of expertise including molecular biology, microbiology, infectious diseases, biosafety, public health, veterinary medicine, plant health, national security, biodefense, law enforcement, scientific publishing, and other related fields. The NSABB also includes non-voting ex officio members from 15 federal agencies and departments.
Paul Duprex, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Director of Cell and Tissue Imaging at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Institute (NEIDL), presented a talk entitled ,“Gain-of-function” studies … their history, their utility and what they can tell us” at the request of NSABB on Wednesday October 22, 2014 in Washington D.C.  In his presentation he argues that cross-species infection studies have already helped to improve surveillance in the field, have shed new light on basic influenza virus biology and could assist in growing vaccine viruses better.

As a founding member of Scientists for Science www.scientistsforscience.org a group who “are confident that biomedical research on potentially dangerous pathogens can be performed safely and is essential for a comprehensive understanding of microbial disease pathogenesis, prevention and treatment” and as NEIDL investigator, he emphasized that virologists are responsible scientists who appreciate good communication and transparency is critical.

Dr. Duprex’s presentation begins at 68:00

Expert Panel Discussion: The Truth about Ebola (Video)

November 14th, 2014 in Events, Featured, Video

November 7, 2014

Expert panelists Dr. Ronald B. Corley, Director of Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Director of Infection Control at the NEIDL, Dr. Paul Biddinger, Director of Operations for Emergency Medicine and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Jamie Childs, Senior Research Scientist & Lecturer in Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, regional preparedness, and answer audience questions. This New England Council event, held on Friday, November 7, 2014, was hosted at Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) located on the BU Medical Campus.

Boston Doctor Returns to Sierra Leone to Fight Ebola (Video)

November 13th, 2014 in Events, Featured, In The News, Video

Original article from: NBC Nightly News posted on November 12, 2014

Boston-based physician Dr. Nahid Bhadelia travels to Sierra Leone for the second time in four months to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak.

 

See Full Video on NBC News

Emergency Response Exercise To Be Conducted at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories

November 5th, 2014 in Events, Featured, Press Releases

For Immediate Release: November 4, 2014

Contact: Tom Testa (617) 353-7628 , ttesta@bu.edu

 (Boston) – On Thursday November 6th at approximately, 1:00 p.m. Boston University (BU) and the City of Boston will conduct a joint emergency response simulation at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) at 620 Albany Street. This exercise is part of the NEIDL’s ongoing safety and training program for laboratory personnel and internal and external response officials.

This discussion- based exercise will simulate an emergency response to a spill of material from the Effluent Decontamination System at the NEIDL. The participants in this exercise include: NEIDL operations staff and researchers, BU Public Safety, Boston Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Police Departments and the Boston Public Health Commission.

While the exercise will have no affect or impact on neighborhood traffic, there will be a number of local emergency response vehicles parked at the NEIDL.

Following this exercise, all participants will convene to review and critique the response in order to continuously improve response and training.

BSL-4 research is not being conducted at the NEIDL now and will not commence until the completion of further regulatory approvals  .

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MED’s Corley Appointed NEIDL Director; Takes Charge at Critical Moment in Research into Infectious Diseases

September 22nd, 2014 in Events, Featured, In The News

Original article from: BU Today posted on September 22, 2014. by Barbara Moran

Ronald Corley, whose five years as associate director of BU’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) saw the lab overcome several legal and political challenges, has been appointed NEIDL director, effective October 1. Corley will continue as a School of Medicine professor and chair of microbiology, but will no longer be Medical Campus associate provost for research.

Announcing Corley’s appointment in a message to the Boston University community, President Robert A. Brown describes the new director as “an outstanding scientist and a collaborative leader.”

 

Read Full article in BU Today

U.S. Doctor To Travel To Sierra Leone To Help Ebola Victims (Audio)

August 20th, 2014 in Events, Featured

Original article from: NPR posted on August 20, 2014

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious diseases expert at Boston University, is going to Sierra Leone to help care for Ebola patients. She talks to Kelly McEvers about the challenges she expects to face.

Listen to Dr. Bhadelia on NPR

Local Epidemiologist Heads Into Thick Of West Africa Ebola Outbreak (Audio)

August 1st, 2014 in Events, Featured, In The News

Original article from: WBUR’s RadioBoston posted on August 1, 2014

Health workers in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia are battling what’s been called the largest, most complex outbreak of the Ebola virus ever.

The outbreak has killed more than 700 people in western Africa, including at least 50 health care workers. Some Ebola patients are being flown to the U.S. for treatment, while American health workers continue to travel to western Africa to help suppress the outbreak and treat the sick, despite the danger.

 

Listen to Dr. Nahid Bhadelia