Biodesign receives $1.5 million to develop early warning system for flu outbreaks
Researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute hope to produce better ways to predict viral outbreaks — starting with flu outbreaks. The National Library of Medicine is funding the project involving several ASU research labs and centers. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, director of Biodesign’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering, says the capabilities of new advanced technologies promise to provide information revealing how to detect earlier warnings of such outbreaks. Halden and his team will use their expertise in wastewater analysis to improve methods for identifying biohazards in communities.