Integrated Research Facility at Fort Detrick

Research scientists at the IRF-Frederick work with a number of viruses: An electron micrograph of Ebola virus (virus green, cell purple) is in the upper left and SARS-CoV-2 (virus orange, cell blue) is in the lower right.

Credit: NIAID

The Integrated Research Facility at Fort Detrick (IRF-Frederick) is part of the NIAID’s Division of Clinical Research (DCR) within NIH. The mission of the IRF‑Frederick is to manage, coordinate, and facilitate the conduct of research on emerging infectious disease and biodefense pathogens to develop medical countermeasures and improved medical outcomes for patients. To accomplish the mission, highly trained scientists working at the IRF-Frederick collaborate with internal (NIAID) and extramural investigators to conduct research on viruses, such as those causing high-consequence disease (e.g., Ebola virus and SARS-CoV-2) and many other viruses included on the NIAID Priority Pathogens list.

The IRF-Frederick has the capability to conduct biosafety level (BSL)-2, BSL‑3, and BSL-4 research. It is one of the few facilities in the world able to perform whole-body and other medical imaging to evaluate infection of animals in BSL-4 containment. These unique features enable the comparison of various exposure routes for either naturally occurring or deliberately released viral pathogens.

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Main Areas of Focus

  • Facilitating the development of effective countermeasures to mitigate major public-health events related to emerging or reemerging infectious diseases or biological weapons attacks
  • Advancing medical diagnostics and cutting-edge technologies for high-consequence pathogens
  • Using imaging technologies to understand infectious disease pathogenesis and to assist in the rational design of medical countermeasures and therapeutic strategies
  • Supporting clinical trials and research studies that lead to improved patient outcomes
  • Building local, national, and international capacity to respond to diseases caused by NIAID Priority Pathogens and other emerging viral pathogens

Resources for Researchers

The IRF-Frederick has the following capabilities and collaborative research support opportunities available to internal (NIAID) and extramural researchers. Contact information is included, so researchers can reach out to someone to guide them through the process.


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How To Work With Us

The IRF-Frederick provides unique expertise and capabilities to address scientific questions. The IRF‑Frederick has an established yet adaptable process that sets the research agenda through the identification and review of suitable collaboration projects that fit the IRF‑Frederick mission.


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COVID-19 Research at the IRF-Frederick

IRF-Frederick is investigating potential therapeutics to treat COVID-19 as well as vaccines to prevent infection. The team is testing therapeutics and vaccines for suitability and efficacy as well as performing animal studies to understand SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis.


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Leadership and Scientists

Personnel at the IRF-Frederick work in a collaborative manner within and between teams and with external partners and affiliates.


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Select Publications

Leveraging a variety of capabilities and partnerships has presented opportunities in which the IRF‑Frederick has played a critical role in a number of published manuscripts.


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