NSABB Meeting to Review Dual Use Research of Concern Oversight, NIH Variola Incident

Life Science DURC - Dual Use Research of ConcernThe National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) will convene this week on Nov. 4 in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting is open to the public and participation by teleconference is available.

The NSABB is a federal advisory committee that addresses issues related to biosecurity and dual use research at the request of the United States Government. The NSABB has up to 25 voting members with a broad range of expertise including molecular biology, microbiology, infectious diseases, biosafety, public health, veterinary medicine, plant health, national security, biodefense, law enforcement, scientific publishing, and other related fields.

Agenda items will include presentations and discussions regarding: stakeholder engagement on implementation of the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC); status of the Blue Ribbon Panel review of the 2014 variola virus incident on the NIH Bethesda campus; and other business of the Board.

Time will be allotted on the agenda for the delivery of public comments.  Members of the public interested in delivering prepared comments relevant to the mission of the NSABB may indicate so upon registration.

The meeting will be held Nov. 4 from 12:00-3:00pm. The call-in number is (866) 939–3921 and the passcode is 43519965. The toll-free teleconference meeting line will be open to the public at 11:30 A.M. to allow time for operator-assisted check-in. Pre-registration is available here.

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