The University of Wisconsin has announced plans for an Institute for Influenza Viral Research, which will include some of the research programs at the School of Veterinary Medicine.
The $9 million initiative includes the development of 20,000 square feet of space for influenza research at University Research Park. Laboratories will include facilities at biosafety level 2, biosafety level 3, and biosafety level 3-agriculture.
The institute will house the research program of Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, who is a professor of pathobiologic sciences at the veterinary school. His studies have led to new methods for making influenza vaccines and antiviral drugs.
The University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation partnered to fund the facility, which the university expects to complete by fall 2007.