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August 10, 2020

BRI researchers highlight COVID-19 work during Gov. Kelly visit

Submitted by Division of Communications and Marketing

Stephen Higgs, BRI director, talks with Gov. Laura Kelly.

Researchers at the Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute continue their work in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly toured the institute on Aug. 6 to learn more about the research, which includes vaccine development, diagnostic work and treatment options

"Governor Kelly's visit puts a spotlight on our institutional capabilities and accomplishments that contribute new knowledge and understanding related to this global threat," said Stephen Higgs, BRI director and associate vice president for research. "The sort of work that we do at the BRI can help policymakers to develop and implement fact-based approaches for disease control." 

"It was an honor and a pleasure to have Gov.Kelly with us on campus to learn about our infectious disease research and our collective efforts at helping the local community, for example, with COVID-19 test analyses," said Peter Dorhout, vice president for research. "President Myers and I helped set the stage for the tour by introducing to the governor a broad perspective of our research capabilities and strengths, the role that K-State Research and Extension faculty and staff have played in the pandemic response, and how our north campus is developing as an important innovation ecosystem to help with the economic recovery in Kansas."

Read the news release from the Office of the Governor.