2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Laboratory Response Network (LRN). The Laboratory Response Network for Biological Threats (LRN-B) was created to strengthen the nation’s ability to detect biological threat agents, like smallpox and anthrax. Its structure and unique capabilities enable it to respond not only to biothreats, but also emerging infectious diseases, like Ebola.
In the years since its creation, the LRN has played an instrumental role in improving domestic public health infrastructure by helping to boost laboratory capacity. Laboratories are better equipped, their staff levels are increasing, and they are employing advanced technologies. Today, the LRN is charged with the task of maintaining this integrated network of laboratories that can respond to bioterrorism, emerging infectious diseases, chemical terrorism, and other public health emergencies. The LRN is a unique asset in the nation’s growing preparedness for biological and chemical terrorism.
Below are a few ways you can get involved in celebration the 20th anniversary of the LRN:
- View the LRN 20th Anniversary one-pager and general LRN fact sheets.
- Attend the LRN 20th Anniversary Plenary session at the APHL Conference on June 5 (11:00am – 12:30pm); will feature speakers from CDC and state public health laboratories.
- Use the hashtag #LRNturns20 in your social media.
- Check the LRN website periodical to access new web materials.