A cross-disciplinary training program for the advancement of medical countermeasures

Melissa M. Eitzen, Estella Z. Jones, Jayco McCowan, Trevor Brasel

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In September 2012, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration's FDA Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston entered into a collaborative educational partnership for the academic development of a robust training program for good laboratory practices in high-biocontainment environments. The implementation of problem-based learning techniques encouraged researchers and regulators to cross-educate each other on the challenges related to the conduct of regulated studies in biological safety level 4 BSL-4 laboratories and identified solutions that were acceptable from scientific and regulatory perspectives. The result was the development of a face-to-face course entitled Achieving Data Quality and Integrity in Maximum Containment Laboratories and an additional online companion course covering the FDA regulation, Good Laboratory Practice for Nonclinical Laboratory Studies 21 CFR Part 58. The course offers a unique opportunity for members of the regulatory and scientific communities to solve complex issues in an interactive educational environment, especially for the advancement of medical countermeasures MCMs via the FDA Animal Rule 21 CFR Parts 314 and 601 2002. The program occurs annually and is expanding in 2019 to include a course addressing data quality and integrity in clinical trials involving the evaluation of MCMs for high-consequence pathogens. To date, 311 individuals have attended the course. Based on attendance numbers, diversity of participation by affiliation and area of expertise, and self-reported evaluation results, course attendees indicate that the training program addresses a knowledge gap and that they will implement knowledge gained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-351
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Security
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Animal Rule
  • Countermeasures
  • Good laboratory practice
  • Maximum containment
  • Regulatory issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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