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Advancing Biomedical Research

March 17, 2011

As part of a nationwide effort to advance the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases, Mason’s Biomedical Research Laboratory (BRL) is the newest of only 13 regional biocontainment laboratories that have been or are being built through competitive grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health. The 52,000-square-foot stand-alone, high-security facility is located on a 10-acre site adjacent to Mason’s Prince William Campus in Manassas, Virginia, and features more than 20,000 square feet of lab space. The BRL is managed by Mason’s National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, whose mission is to address the ongoing challenges to national and international security posed by the threats of bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases.

—Marjorie Musick

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