UNMC looks to expand cooperation with Pentagon on highly infectious diseases

WASHINGTON — The University of Nebraska Medical Center is looking to expand its cooperation with the Defense Department when it comes to tackling highly infectious diseases.

While UNMC has made a name for itself in the area, it largely has come from working with civilian federal health agencies and the U.S. State Department.

“That is the next frontier of this,” UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey Gold told The World-Herald this week.

While Gold did not cite this as part of his thinking, a focus on collaboration with the Pentagon could track well with coming federal funding shifts.

President Donald Trump is pushing for significant cuts to domestic agencies and the State Department in favor of bolstering defense budgets.