Texas Tech University’s Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy
The biodefense center at the Texas Tech School of Law conducts valuable, cutting-edge
research and works to establish standards for law and raise public policy issues in
in the School of Law
will once again receive a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
and the Western Regional Center of Excellence (WRCE)
, despite recent WRCE budget cuts which affected other universities.
The biodefense center received funding in 2004 to act as the Law, Policy and Ethics
Core for the WRCE for the previous five years and will continue that role through
2014 with the second grant.
Established in 2002, the center conducts cutting-edge research that is valuable to
the security of the nation as the need to counter bioterrorism increases. Directed
by Vickie Sutton, the Center for Biodefense works to establish standards for law
and raise public policy issues in biodefense.
“I am particularly pleased with the confidence shown in us to continue the research,
education and service that we are doing in biodefense and biosecurity law benefiting
not only the WRCE but other research centers of excellence throughout the U.S.,”
said Sutton. “The grant money will continue to aid the center in conducting research
in the areas of biodefense, public health preparedness, biosecurity and biosafety
Nearly $256,000, which will be used to maintain daily operation and research, comes
to the biodefense center through a grant from the NIH and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)
“Receiving an NIH/NIAID grant is certainly a distinction not only for the law school
but for the entire University,” said Guy Bailey, president of Texas Tech University.”
As the Law, Policy and Ethics Core for the WRCE, the biodefense center will provide
legal counsel on policies and regulations in the areas of publications, primate testing,
vaccine approval processes, human subject testing and intellectual property.
“The Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy has been a unique resource for
law students,” said Walt Huffman, dean of the Texas Tech School of Law. “I am pleased
to see this continuing benefit from the funding for awarding law students Center
Recently, the biodefense center opened a biosecurity and biosafety law hotline
for researchers, safety officers and lawyers. It also has conducted regional and
national surveys regarding biodefense research and compliance with the Select Agent
Regulations. It is the only law school center in the U.S. to be funded by NIH and
NIAID through the biodefense research program.
Center for Biodefense
The Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy, in the Texas Tech University School of Law is the only center at a law school in the U.S. to focus solely on issues of law and
biodefense, biosecurity and bioterrorism.
In 2004, the law faculty approved the Law and Biodefense Certificate program, a specialty area in the completion of the J.D. degree; the first and only
program of its kind in the nation at a law school.
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The Western Regional Center of Excellence (WRCE) is an organization of 32 institutions, including 24 universities in Texas, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
It was created to establish a strong infrastructure for research and development in
the field of bioterrorism, specializing in generating new diagnostic methods and vaccines.