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Global Biodefense – 28 January 2020

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“There are likely to be many more PUIs identified in the coming days.  We have faced similar public health challenges before.  Those outbreaks were complex and required a comprehensive public health response.  This is what we are preparing for.  We have an aggressive response with the goal of identifying potential cases early. We want to make sure these patients get the best and most appropriate care.  This is a rapidly changing situation both abroad and domestically, and we are still learning.  Let’s remember this virus is identified within the past month and there is much we don’t know yet.  We are expecting more cases in the U.S., and we are likely going to see some cases among close contacts of travelers and human to human transmission.”

  Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

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Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium

18-19 MARCH 2020

  • Driving Medical Countermeasures Development to Limit the Adverse Health Effects of CBRN Incidents
  • Modernizing Capabilities for Rapid and Accurate Threat Detection + Assessment
  • Supporting Enhanced Warfighter and Emergency Personnel Protection




Jan 28-29: Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) Meeting

The 11th meeting of the Tick-borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) will be held in Washington D.C. and by webcast. Established by Congress in 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, TBDWG provides subject matter expertise for review of federal efforts related to all tick-borne diseases, helping to improve interagency coordination and minimize overlap. Learn more

Jan 28-30: ASM Biothreats 2020 Conference

The leading annual conference on biodefense, biosecurity and biological threats, ASM Biothreats, will be held January 28–30, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Register now!

Feb 3: Advancing EUA IVD Products Toward Full Marketing Status

The Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) will host a workshop on 3 Feb 2020 at the FDA White Oak campus to explore key considerations for using real world data to help support in vitro diagnostic (IVD) products available under emergency use authorization (EUA) to advance to full marketing status. Learn more

Feb 25-26: Developing MCMs to Treat Acute and Chronic Effects of Ocular Chemical Toxicity

A U.S. Trans-Agency Scientific Meeting on Developing Medical Countermeasures to Treat Acute and Chronic Effects of Ocular Chemical Toxicity will be held Feb 25-26, 2020 at the NIAID Conference Center in Rockville, Md. Learn more

Mar 3-5: Mitigating the Impact of Blast-related Burn Injuries: From Prolonged Field Care to Rehabilitation and Resilience

The 9th DoD State-of-the-Science Meeting on Blast Injury Research will be held March 3-5, 2020 in Arlington. The meeting will address epidemiology and outcomes of blast-related burn injuries; prevention and acute management of blast-related burn injuries; prolonged field care and chronic care; and transforming research. Learn more REGISTRATION IS FULL

Mar 18-19: Joint Civil u0026amp; DoD CBRN Symposium

An annual gathering of the most respected minds in the CBRN defense community, including operational leaders, intelligence providers, key policymakers and solution providers from Industry and Academia. Register now

Mar 26-30: Decennial 2020 – International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections

Held once every ten years, the Decennial Conference reviews the advances of the previous decade and the opportunities and trends for the fields of healthcare epidemiology, infectious diseases, and infection prevention and control for the future. Learn more

Mar 31-Apr 3: Preparedness Summit 2020

The NACCHO will host this year’s 2020 Preparedness Summit from 31 March – 3 April 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

Apr 20-24: Achieving Data Quality and Integrity in Maximum Containment Laboratories Training Event

This BSL-4 training event 20-24 April is co-sponsored by the FDA and UTMB Galveston National Lab. Learn more.



Jan 31: Registration Deadline: Developing MCMs to Treat Acute and Chronic Effects of Ocular Chemical Toxicity

Trans-Agency Scientific Meeting Feb 25-26 sponsored by the NIH Chemical Countermeasures Research Program (CCRP) in collaboration with the National Eye Institute (HHS/NIH/NEI) and U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense (DoD/USAMRICD). Learn more.

Feb 20: Deadline – DARPA Personalized Protective Biosystem (PPB) *

The PPB program will develop an integrated ensemble that simultaneously reduces protective equipment needs while increasing protection for the individual against existing and future chemical and biological (CB) threats. The capability to provide unburdened CB protection will maximize time on target for the warfighter and the stability operator, provide operational flexibility, extend mission duration, and enable military operations in austere environments regardless of the threat. PPB will consist of lightweight materials that protect the warfighter from exposure to any CB threat while simultaneously providing a second layer of protection, at the tissue barrier, with bio-molecular, commensal organisms, or other technologies that protect the skin, eyes, and airway from CB threats. PPB will improve mission execution by solving the current (“state of the art”) protective equipment limitations, including threat-specific vulnerabilities, thermal/logistical burdens, exposure risks during equipment removal/decontamination, and on-demand availability during unexpected threat situations. Notice ID HR001120S0015

Feb 20: Deadline – DARPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) *

To provide game-changing capabilities to our warfighters, DARPA must have the tools to operate at the pace of innovation. In order to capitalize on small business innovation, DARPA is piloting a new approach to advertise SBIR and STTR funding opportunities on a “just-in-time” basis, outside of the three pre-determined announcements issued at the DoD level. SBIR and STTR Opportunities (SBOs) will be announced under this BAA. Only proposals submitted in response to an active corresponding SBO will be evaluated for funding. Notice ID: HR001119S0035

Feb 25: Deadline – DARPA BTO Detect It With Gene Editing Technologies (DIGET)

The goal of the DIGET program is to leverage advances in gene editing technologies to develop low-cost, high-trust, sensitive, multiplexed, rapidly reconfigurable, and fieldable diagnostics and biosurveillance technologies to address the need for timely and comprehensive threat detection surveillance to support Department of Defense (DoD) stabilization missions and outpace infectious disease. Notice ID: HR001120S0016

Feb 28: Registration Closes for Achieving Data Quality and Integrity in Maximum Containment Laboratories Training Event

Registration closes today for BSL-4 Training: Achieving Data Quality and Integrity in Maximum Containment Laboratories taking place April 20-24, 2020 in Bethesda, MD

Apr 6: Registration Opens for Training Event: Achieving Data Quality and Integrity in Clinical Trials Involving High-Consequence Pathogens in BSL-4

This no-fee course in late July 2020 is sponsored by the FDA and UTMB Galveston National Laboratory and hosted at the National Ebola Training and Education Center in Omaha. Learn more.


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