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REGISTER TODAY for the June 7 - 9 2017 Innovation in Infectious Disease Research: Challenges & Opportunities Symposium

Infectious disease research continues to be an area of prominence in addressing public health care concerns.  More than 1,400 species of human pathogens are reported in the literature, and of those 58% are known to be zoonotic with 13% regarded as emerging or reemerging.  On average, 5.3 viruses have emerged per year from 1940 to 2004, of which 60% to 70% are human pathogens.

March 23, 2017:  Federally funded research facilities in Boulder and the rest of Colorado contributed about $2.6 billion to the state's economy in 2016 and supported more than 17,600 jobs, according to a report issued today by the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business.

Of that $2.6 billion, the largest share of economic benefit by county was seen in Boulder County, at $1.1 billion.

Statewide, the report showed that Colorado's federally funded labs directly employed nearly 7,800 people in fiscal year 2015, and supported an additional 9,800 jobs through the multiplier effect — that is, people employed by instrument manufacturers, utility companies and more.

We rely on advanced technology for almost everything we do today. Satellite communications, GPS applications, and the electric power grid provide the backbone to our Nation’s economic vitality and national security. This technology however, is vulnerable to a threat from space — our Sun. Eruptions from the Sun can have a profound impact on society. In Boulder, Colorado NOAA space weather forecasters maintain a constant vigil on the Sun, alerting a diverse customer base when storms are imminent. Operators from many sectors will take mitigating actions to protect the critical infrastructure that we have come to depend on.


Did you know some of the most crucial public health research in the world is happening in Ft. Collins, Colorado? 

The Division of Vector Borne Diseases (DVBD) is a national and international leader in researching, preventing, and controlling viruses and bacteria spread vectors like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Our staff includes entomologists, epidemiologists, molecular biologists, laboratorians, microbiologists, physicians, veterinarians, virologists, and zoologists. DVBD's key activities include: Developing cutting edge laboratory tests for rapid identification and diagnosis of new and known vector borne diseases. Developing guidelines and educating clinicians. Working with health departments to monitor vector­borne diseases through surveillance systems. ArboNET, a national surveillance system, tracks vectorborne viruses in people, animals, mosquitoes, and blood donors. TickNET leads collaborative research on tickborne diseases. Researching vaccines Partnering with state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments, industry, and international partners, such as the World Health Organization, to quickly detect and respond to outbreaks

As you know, Colorado is fortunate to be home to more than 30 federally-funded research laboratories and joint institutes, with world-class discoveries constantly being revealed in the realms of climate science, public health, agricultural production, geologic science, renewable energy, quantum physics and much more.

We sincerely appreciate the involvement and continued support that so many of you have provided over the years to CO-LABS through membership, sponsorship and various means of volunteerism. From our bi-annual Economic Impact Study (latest update to be released soon) to our tours of the labs, social gatherings, communications and the Annual Governor's Award for High-Impact Research - our mission is to ensure that the ecosystem of research labs, universities, entrepreneurs, public agencies and private sector innovators is nurtured and supported - ultimately we work to ensure the federal labs stay funded and stay here, to the benefit of all Coloradans and our country.