Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA)
CAMRA is the Homeland Security Center of Excellence jointly established with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop scientific knowledge on the fate and risk of potential bioterrorist and other high priority infectious agents.
CAMRA (the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment) is an independent research center established by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency, dedicated to advancing laboratory techniques, creating mathematical tools, and developing datasets needed to improve Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA), a science-based framework for addressing disease in our communities from intentional or accidental releases of hazardous biological agents into our indoor and outdoor environments. Summarizing the threats from multiple microorganisms with diverse biologies in varied scenarios into a comparable estimate – risk – is a valuable product of a QMRA that can help identify the greatest microbial dangers and set priorities for dealing with biological agents of concern (BAC). QMRA risk estimates are beneficial across many disciplines and used by groups such as public health specialists, emergency managers, first responders, regulators, legislators, and engineers employed to assess and control risk.