U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases Ft. Detrick, Maryland

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Dear Colleague,

Welcome to our webpage, and thank you for your interest in the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). The many dedicated members of the USAMRIID staff are proud to have you peruse our program and to share information on the impressive accomplishments and high caliber of our nationally important research program.

Since its inception in 1969, USAMRIID has spearheaded research to develop medical solutions—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and information—to protect our service members from biological threats. Our unique capabilities include biosafety level-3 and -4 laboratories, world-class expertise in the generation of biological aerosols for testing candidate vaccines and therapeutics, and fully-accredited animal research facilities.

The outstanding national reputation of USAMRIID has been built over the years by numerous scientists and technical staff working in a variety of ways to protect both military personnel and civilians from the threat of infectious diseases. We participate in support of emerging disease investigations, working alongside colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. We support the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies in our role as a reference laboratory that sets the standards for identification of biological agents. Our customers in the Army and the Department of Defense know us as a "tech base" organization that has produced some 20 candidate medical products over the past decade. Still others recognize the impressive scientific credentials of our workforce, which represents some of the top infectious disease and biological defense experts in the Nation—indeed, in the world.

As the United States enters a new era of civilian biodefense research, it is also clear that USAMRIID plays a critical role in the status of our country's preparedness for biological terrorism and biological warfare. While our primary mission is to protect the warfighter, our research benefits civilians as well—a fact that was amply demonstrated by the events of fall 2001.

USAMRIID is looking forward to continued collaborations with industry partners and with other agencies, including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Homeland Security, to develop medical countermeasures that will protect all of our citizens, both military and civilian. I'm excited about our future and confident that together, we can accomplish great things.

Welcome to USAMRIID—the birthplace of medical biodefense.

Sincerely yours,

John P. Skvorak
Colonel, Veterinary Corps

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