Marshfield, Wis. (WAOW) -- The Integrated Research and Development Laboratory at the Marshfield Clinic Research institute receive a $22.5 million grant to partner with the CDC as the sole central reference lab in the nation for COVID-19 studies.
The lab will assist the CDC in designing and implementing several studies, as well as collecting data from labs across the nation.
This is not the first time the lab has partnered with the CDC. They previously worked together back in 2009 during the H1N1 pandemic.
Jennifer Meece, the lab's director, said the studies will come at a critical time, as both COVID-19 and flu cases could flare up again during the colder months.
"I think we all have to be mindful that this virus will start to circulate at the same time as the influenza will," she said. "We already understand that influenza is a significant public health problem as well with hundreds of thousands of cases. So we're going to be at a really complex time come this fall and winter. "
Meece said none of this could have been possible without the support of her staff at the lab.
"It takes very talented people to commit a year of their lives to this endeavor," she said. "It was not taken upon lightly, when we entered into this contract."