UofL to have March 20 forum on biosafety lab


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville will have a public forum about its regional biosafety lab on Shelby Campus Thursday, March 20.

    The 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. session in Room 218A-B, Founders Union Building, Shelby Campus, is free and open to everyone.

    UofL received a $22 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 2005 to build the Center for Predictive Medicine, a Level 3 lab geared to developing new vaccines to fight bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases.

    Construction of the lab on a 4.2-acre site at the northeast corner of Shelby Campus began in 2006. Officials expect the facility to be operating by the start of 2009.

    A panel of experts from UofL and the architectural consultant for the lab will be at the forum to discuss the project and to seek community input. The March 20 forum will be the university’s ninth public meeting about the lab since 2004.

    For more details, see www.louisville.edu/community/biosafetylab or call Denise Fitzpatrick, 502-852-6171.