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Charting the Future of Biosecurity:
Ten Years after the Anthrax Attacks


Overview

Charting the Future of Biosecurity: Ten Years after the Anthrax Attacks was held in Washington, DC, on October 4, 2011. With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which co-hosted the event, this invitational conference brought together thought leaders from the federal government, the policy community, think tanks, academia, and media outlets. The goal was to provide a forum for reflection on progress made since 2001 and consideration of priorities for the biosecurity policy agenda in the years ahead.

The importance of preparing for the future of biosecurity given the looming threats of bioterrorism, pandemic flu, and other emerging infectious diseases was emphasized by Tom Inglesby in his opening remarks. Dr. Inglesby acknowledged the difficulty of the mission, noted reasons for optimism—the breadth and depth of knowledge, experience, and dedication among those now working in the field; the strength of American science and technology; and robust government work on biodefense—and highlighted some significant gaps. Expanding on those themes were presentations and panel discussions from an array of distinguished speakers. The day closed with an award for Dr. Paula Olsiewsi, director of the Allfred P. Sloan Foundation's biosecurity program, for her achievement in the field. 

As a corollary to the event, the Center released its report, A Crossroads in Biosecurity: Steps to Strengthen U.S. Preparedness, a compendium of articles by Center staff, who describe progress made in the decade following the 2001 anthrax attacks and make recommendations for the decade ahead.