Does US biodefense meet the threat? 
As part of its ongoing series featuring experts at the forefront of biosecurity policy development and implementation, the Galveston National Laboratory hosted “Biological weapons: Does U.S. biodefense meet the threat?” Presenters were Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall, senior associate in the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Dr. Phillip K. Russell, former senior adviser in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

 Infectious disease presentation

“Molecular pathogenomics of group A Streptococcus epidemics: What have we learned?” was presented by Dr. James M. Musser, director of the Center for Molecular and Translational Human Infectious Disease Research at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston. 

Breakfast Club at UTMB Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic

The Breakfast Club meets from 7 to 7:45 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every other month at the UTMB Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For more information go to  

Blocks closing for construction

Two blocks of the campus, near the School of Nursing/School of Health Professions building, will be closed for the installation of underground utilities. The closure of Mechanic Street, between 11th and 12th streets, and 12th Street between Strand and Mechanic streets, is expected to last until August 2013. For more information and to view the latest in construction at UTMB, go to