Middle Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence
The MARCE consortium fosters research that contributes to the defense of the population of the United States of America against biological threats including the deliberate release of bioterror agents and the natural emergence or re-emergence of infectious diseases. As part of its formally defined mission, the MARCE also maintains interactions with public health authorities within the Middle Atlantic Region so that if the need arises, the consortium can mobilize its technical resources to assist the region’s public health authorities in the face of a large or unusual outbreak of disease, presumed bioterror incident or other catastrophe. The MARCE consortium that is proposed for the funding cycle of 2009-2014 (MARCE-2) encompasses approximately 46 scientists from 16 funded research institutions who will engage in a series of collaborative research projects (See “Research”). Dr. Myron M. Levine, M.D., D.T.P.H., the Grollman Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Vaccine Development of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will continue to serve as the Principal Investigator and Director of the MARCE. Dr. Alison O’Brien, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, will continue to serve as Co-Principal Investigator.