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Our meetings provide a national forum for leaders in the field to explore and discuss priorities, challenges, and policy implications in health security.


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.

2016 Spring Workshop | March 14-16, 2016

Location: Washington DC


March 14 | Afternoon and Evening Events

White House Discussion on Biosecurity

Hosted by: White House National Security Council Staff

March 15 | Workshop Agenda


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

William Hostyn and Randall Holmes, Advisory Committees and Programs Office, DTRA

Public Health and National Security 

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

Ebola: Implications for Future Public Health Emergencies?

Moderator: Tom Inglesby, UPMC Center for Health Security

Dan Hanfling, Contractor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Office of Emergency Management, HHS 

Brooke Courtney, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats, FDA

Biosurveillance: The Latest in Theory and Practice

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

Jennifer Nuzzo, Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security 

Caitlin Rivers, Computational Epidemiologist, US Army, 2015 ELBI Alumna 

Franca Jones, Chief, Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (GEIS), Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, DoD 

Where Are We in MCM Creation and What Is the Future?

Richard Hatchett, Acting Director, BARDA, HHS 

DHS and Biosecurity:  Risk Assessment, Environmental Monitoring, BWC Compliance Review Process 

Gerald Epstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Policy, DHS 

Closing Remarks

Tom Inglesby, UPMC Center for Health Security


March 15 | Evening Events

Dinner for Fellows, Speakers, and Alumni

Location: Hilton Hotel, Arlington, Gallery III (2nd floor)

Speaker: Robert Kadlec, Deputy Staff Director, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 


March 16 | Site Visit to Ft. Detrick

USAMRIID Overview and Presentation of Projects


IRF Organizational Brief

NIAID-IRF Project Presentations

IRF Tours