The University of Georgia and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, have received a 5-year, $17 million cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a Pathogen Genomics Center of Excellence.
The Center is intended to strengthen public health response to infectious disease threats and support public health workforce development.
The award is part of a $90 million investment by the CDC to build a network of centers in five states. Each Pathogen Genomics Center of Excellence (PGCoE) consists of a health department and one or more academic institutions.
The Georgia Department of Public Health will provide overall leadership and prioritization of center efforts. UGA will be the leading the effort to translate new discoveries into usable data and interventions. GTRI will be leading the operations and implementation arm of the Georgia-based center.
Collectively, this work will be focused on transitioning innovations out of academia and into use at public health departments across the United States.