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The Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) -- Microbial Source Tracking

CAMRA is a consortium of scientists who have extensive expertise in   quantitative microbial risk assessment (MRA) methods, bio-security,   and infectious disease transmission through environmental exposures.   CAMRA has two main goals. The first is a technical mission to   develop critically reviewed and interpreted sets of models, tools,   and information that will be used in a credible risk assessment   framework to reduce or eliminate health impacts from deliberate use   of biological agents of concern (BAC) as bioterrorist agents in the   indoor and outdoor environment. The second mission is to build a   national MRA network for knowledge management, learning, and   transfer for scientists, students, and professionals in the field   and in our communities.    There are five major research projects which will define the   objectives and activities of CAMRA. Each project objective has been   developed through collaborative efforts of scientists and will be   integrated via a management structure that facilitates interaction.   These research projects address exposure, methods and models; dose-  response; population outcomes; risk frameworks; and knowledge   management, transfer and learning. Through these projects we will:  1) Document the sensitivity and specificity of risk exposure methods   and their ability to address levels of safety;  2) Create a research toolbox with validated surrogates for BAC;  3) Evaluate the fate and transport of bioterrorist agents in water   distribution systems, air, and buildings;  4) Develop a suite of models for characterizing exposure via   aerosols and the indoor environment that are validated with real-  world data where available, describing disease transmission through   dynamic stochastic and deterministic models, and assessing controls   such as vaccines, decontamination, and quarantines; and  5) Produce an inventory of critically analyzed dose-response   relationships for Category A agents and mechanistic dose-response   models.     (microbial source tracking); (MST); (bacterial source tracking);   (BST)

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