Summer 2014

Dedication 20

UF opens bio-safety level 3 lab for TB research, diagnostics

On April 16, the University of Florida held a ceremony to celerate the opening of the new bio-safety level 3 lab in Gressier, Haiti. The 1,500-square-foot facility will be used to train researchers to better understand and fight tuberculosis in Haiti.

The BSL-3 lab will be a training ground for lab technicians in the LNSP Training Program, created by UF and Haiti’s Laboratoire National de Sante Publique to build TB research and diagnostics capacity. The intense six-month program teaches Haitian researchers about rapid molecular TB diagnostics techniques and other diagnostic tests. Participants will train for one month at UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute in Gainesville, followed by five months at the BSL-3 lab in Gressier. At the completion of training they will work in other LNSP labs throughout Haiti and apply what they have learned.