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ORAU Develops Needs Assessment Plan to Support CDC’s Advanced Molecular Detection and Response to Infectious Disease Outbreaks Initiative

ORAU team will identify training and educational needs among laboratory professionals, bioinformatics professionals and epidemiologists

ORAU will design and carry out a needs assessment plan for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advanced Molecular Detection and Response to Infectious Disease Outbreaks (AMD) initiative.

The ORAU project team will identify training and educational needs among laboratory professionals, bioinformatics professionals and epidemiologists.

Next, the project team will conduct a robust environmental scan to identify existing training and educational courses matching the available resources to the specific needs of these CDC professionals. Recommendations will be submitted to CDC in July.

The CDC’s AMD initiative is a five-year initiative to improve the capability to detect and respond to infectious diseases and foodborne illnesses. By increasing critical next generation sequencing and bioinformatics capacities, CDC and state health departments can take back the advantage in controlling infectious diseases.

CDC’s Office of Infectious Diseases seeks to improve pathogen identification, enhance sustainable laboratory information systems and improve modeling and early recognition of pathogens. The work of the ORAU project team will contribute to efforts to expand the public health workforce with the necessary bioinformatics skills to accomplish the objectives of the initiative.

A representative of the CDC stated, “We are helping to continue building critical capacities at the national and state levels to use AMD technologies to enhance infectious disease prevention and control.”

Learn more about CDC’s AMD activities at www.cdc.gov/amd.