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Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative

The Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI) is a competitive fellowship program run by the UPMC Center for Health Security. ELBI identifies and provides networking opportunities for early career professionals in the many diverse fields that make up biosecurity. The 2015 ELBI Fellows recently attended a workshop in the United Kingdom which was co-hosted by King’s College London and held at the UK Defence Academy near Swindon. During the workshop, the Fellows heard from and collaborated with biosecurity thought leaders and policymakers both in and out of government. Speakers and attendees to the workshop represented King’s College London, UPMC Center for Health Security, UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), UK Home Office, UK Department of Health, Defra, DSTL, The Harvard Sussex Program, Bavarian Nordic, The University of Bradford, The OPCW, the US CDC, The White House, DoD DARPA  and DoD DTRA. The Fellows also participated in a half day tabletop bioterrorism exercise called Viral Storm and made site visits to DSTL/Porton Down and the Pirbright Institute.

2015 Workshop | August 3-6, 2015

Location: Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, United Kingdom

 

 
August 3 | Arrival

5:30-6:30PM No Host Social in the Lounge

6:30-7:30PM Dinner in Victory Dining Room

 

August 4 | Workshop

8:30-8:45AM Welcome

Wyn Bowen, Head of Department/Dean of Academic Studies, Defence Studies Department (DSD), King’s College London, and Co-Director of the Centre for Science & Security Studies

Bill Hostyn, US DoD, DTRA

Tom Inglesby, CEO and Director, UPMC Center for Health Security

 

8:45-8:50AM Workshop and Site Visit Logistics

Susan Martin, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Crystal Boddie, Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security, ELBI Program Manager

 

9:15-10:30AM UK and US National Approaches to Biosecurity

Moderator: Tom Inglesby, CEO and Director, UPMC Center for Health Security

Nicola Commander, Chemical and Biological Threats Policy Science Advisor/Science Lead, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, UK Home Office

Sophie Brice, Chemical and Biological Threats Policy Lead, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, UK Home Office

Ken Bernard, Former Special Assistant to the US President for Biodefense, and Former Senior Advisor to the WHO Director-General

 

11:00-12:15PM Biological Risk: Perception and Policy

Moderator: Crystal Boddie, UPMC Center for Health Security

Julia Pearce, Research Fellow, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Alick Simmons, Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer and Director for Plant and Animal Health, Defra

 

1:15-2:30PM Global Governance: BWC, IHR, AND GHSA

Moderator: Susan Martin, King’s College London

Lorna Miller, Senior Biological Adviser on Non-Proliferation, DSTL, Porton Down

Caitriona McLeish, Senior Fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex, Co-Director of the Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons

 

3:00-4:15PM Promise and Peril of Synthetic Biology

Moderator: Tom Inglesby, UPMC Center for Health Security

Gigi Kwik Gronvall, Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security

Filippa Lentzos, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King’s College London

 

4:15-5:30PM International Ebola Response

Moderator: Anita Cicero, COO and Deputy Director, UPMC Center for Health Security

Jacob Cohn, Director, Governmental Affairs, Bavarian Nordic

Natasha Price, Policy Lead, Global Health Security, Department of Health

Tom Inglesby, UPMC Center for Health Security

 

August 4 | Evening Events

7:00PM Formal Hosted Dinner

Speaker: Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Advisor, UK Home Office

8:30PM No Host Social in the Lounge

 

August 5 | Workshop/Exercise

8:30-9:30AM Keynote Speaker

Steve Redd, Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC

 

9:30-10:30AM Fellows’ Presentations

John Billington: The ABC’s of the US Broad Spectrum Antimicrobial Program: Antibiotics, Biosecurity and Congress

Patricia Lau: Development of Medical Countermeasures: Perspectives on Determining Human Efficacy

Leremy Colf: Preparing for Enhanced, Advanced, and Emerging Bioterrorism Risk

 

11:00-12:15PM Current and Emerging Issues in Biosecurity

Moderator: Caitriona McLeish, Senior Research Fellow, University of Sussex

James Revill, Research Fellow, SPRU, University of Sussex, Harvard Sussex Program

Malcolm Dando, Professor of International Security, University of Bradford

Jonathan Forman, Science Policy Advisor, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

 

12:15-1:15PM Lunch

Renee Wegrzyn, Contractor for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

 

1:15-2:00PM Fellows’ Presentations

Kimberly Gajewski: PKEMRA and the Ebola Crisis: Opportunities for Legislative Reform

Andrew Leifer: Beyond a Risk Benefit Analysis for evaluating Gain-of-Function Mutation Experiments

 

2:15-5:30PM Viral Storm Exercise

Randall Larsen, National Security Advisor, UPMC Center for Health Security

 

5:30-5:40PM Workshop Closing

 

August 5 | Evening Events

6:30PM-7:30PM Dinner

7:30PM No Host Social in the Lounge

 

August 6 | Field Trips

10:30-1:30PM DSTL/Porton Down

  • Presentations on career paths, young career scientists, difference in approaches to containment, briefings/lab visits
  • Informal time with scientists
  • Laboratory tours

3:00-5:30PM PIRBRIGHT

  • Presentation on management of biosafety in the UK
  • Tour of site, focusing on the outside of Plowright, the ISOs and the Jenner Building
  • Tea/coffee
  • Talk from Helen Roberts from APHA

Q&A session