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SPECIAL SECTION: THE LABORATORY RESPONSE NETWORK Two Decades of Preparedness Excellence: The Laboratory Response Network agencies such as the US Department of Defense (DoD) are vital partners for the LRN. ASM is instrumental in developing and maintaining protocols for the network’s sentinel clinical laboratories and DoD is engaged in strategic planning as well as operational and response activities, notably the 2014 response to the outbreak of Ebola where a DoD developed assay was deployed to LRN member laboratories across the country. The Laboratory Response Network (LRN) is the nation’s laboratory emergency response system for biological, chemical and radiological threats and other public emergencies such as natural disasters. Founded in 1999 by APHL, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to improve US readiness for bioterrorism, the LRN has evolved to address all hazard threats and remains a valuable resource for law enforcement and public health officials. It links local, state and federal public health laboratories with sentinel clinical, food, veterinary, environmental and agricultural laboratories; and military and international laboratory centers. A number of non-governmental organizations such as the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and federal In the years following LRN’s founding, significant federal and state investment in public health preparedness strengthened laboratory capability and capacity to respond to health threats, both man-made and naturally occurring. This investment proved invaluable in responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and other natural disasters. It also readied public health laboratories to respond to the nationwide outbreak of 2009 H1N1 influenza and to emerging diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Ebola and Zika as well as the ongoing opioid epidemic and the emerging lung injury associated with vaping. In recognition of this important milestone, APHL would like to recognize the work of LRN laboratories, as well as partners working within the LRN to ensure the best quality emergency response system for the United States. n Listen 20 Years of the Laboratory Response Network (Lab Culture podcast) Read more The LRN’s job is to prepare, detect and respond. But what does that mean? (APHL Lab Blog) Celebrating 20 Years of the Laboratory Response Network: Partnering in Preparedness and Response (APHL Lab Matters, Spring 2019) CBP Labs Counter Threats at US Borders (APHL Lab Matters, Winter 2019) The LRN Turns 20: Two Decades of Detecting Threats from Anthrax to Zika (APHL Lab Matters, Fall 2018) Sharing the Future: Data Exchange in the Laboratory Response Network (APHL Lab Matters, Summer 2018) Goodbye to Mice? APHL and CDC Host LRN Botulinum Neurotoxin Detection Training (APHL Lab Matters, Spring 2018) Colorado Responds to “Perfect Storm” of Challenges (APHL Lab Matters, Winter 2017) CDC recognized APHL for 20 years of partnership in the Laboratory Response Network 16 LAB MATTERS Fall 2019 PublicHealthLabs @APHL