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Bentson Foundation's gift to support control of global infectious disease threats

CIDRAP director Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H.

A $1.5 million gift to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) from the Bentson Foundation will advance the center’s efforts as a globally recognized leader in the dissemination of timely information about infectious disease threats.

The funding will help CIDRAP to further develop and implement strategies using electronic communications and other platforms to reach diverse audiences and stakeholders.

Founded in 2001, CIDRAP has seen significant success in bringing international prominence to issues of preparedness. CIDRAP’s online news and information service is widely regarded as a leading source of timely, comprehensive, and authoritative information on infectious diseases.

“The generous support from the Bentson Foundation will be vital to the work of CIDRAP, specifically our efforts to continue to serve as a scientifically sound resource for information on preventing, tracking, and controlling infectious disease outbreaks,” says center director Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H.

With this new commitment, the Bentson Foundation’s gifts to the University total $9 million.

“In this age of global interdependence and on-demand information, we believe the work of CIDRAP will play a critical role in protecting public health in the coming years,” says Judi Dutcher, executive director of the Bentson Foundation. “We hope our gift will inspire others to give as well.”

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