Battelle is proud to announce that four of our staff scientists--Joshua Johnson, Richard Bennett, Krisztina Janosko, and James Pettitt —were selected by Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 to receive a 2015 NIH Director’s Award for their exceptional dedication in providing overseas support of Ebola diagnostic efforts in West Africa.
These scientists support the Integrated Research Facility (IRF) as part of the National Interagency Biodefense Campus, a group of federal biomedical research facilities based at Fort Detrick, Maryland. They focus on developing prevention and treatment options that will be directly relevant to human diseases—whether they emerge naturally or are deliberately introduced.
The BSL-4 capabilities, techniques and knowledge that they have gained have translated into providing outbreak support around the world. Field work/deployments have included: Cameroon to provide response to a suspected and later confirmed orthopox outbreak at a Chimpanzee Preserve, Mongolia to provide diagnostic support in suspected MERS outbreak in camels, and Sierra Leone and Liberia to provide diagnostic support for the Ebola outbreak.