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Senator Bill Nelson visits UF Haiti Lab

Senator Bill Nelson visits UF Haiti Lab

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson visited the Emerging Pathogens Institute Haiti laboratory in August to learn about UF’s research in Gressier, Haiti.  The U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Ambassador Pamela White, had previously visited the Emerging Pathogens Institute and expressed interest in in the kind of research EPI was conducting in the UF Haiti lab.

“She knew EPI had some really neat projects, so she wanted to find out what was going on,” Michael Lauzardo, MD, MSc, an assistant professor of medicine and member of the Emerging Pathogens Institute, said. Dr. Lauzardo’s work within the Haiti labs includes research focusing mainly on tuberculosis.

Ambassador White traveled to Haiti with Senator Nelson. They visited the site in Gressier where the Emerging Pathogens Institute currently has two labs. According to Lauzardo, he thought Senator Nelson and Ambassador White were very impressed with the the high quality of research being conducted there, especially the research with EPI’s partner, Christianville.