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Rutgers, UMDNJ receive $23 million to develop antidotes for chemical weapons attacks
Date:9/13/2011

litary against Allied troops during World War I and more recently in the Iran-Iraq conflict during the 1980s. It is easy to make and transport and is still considered a high risk terrorist threat.

"We were asked if we could apply our expertise to help address this type of national security issue," said Laskin. "There has been a lot of conversation over the years about the problems that could result from a terrorist attack and everyone realized that we needed to develop a therapy to counteract this if it happens."

The principal investigators in the UMDNJ/Rutgers CounterACT Research Center of Excellence include Director Jeffrey Laskin of UMDNJ, Co-Director Donald Gerecke at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Marion Gordon, Debra Laskin and Patrick Sinko, also at Rutgers School of Pharmacy, Diane Heck at New York Medical College, and Ned Heindel at Lehigh University. They work closely with Batelle Laboratory in Ohio, where mustard gas experiments are carried out.


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Contact: Robin Lally
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Rutgers University
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