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UPMC Annual Report

Events Archive

Titles link to event pages that include an overview and the agenda, speaker list, photos, and videos (or transcripts).


Resilient American Communities: Progress in Practice and Policy: The purpose of this invitational conference was to apply state-of-the-art knowledge of resilience to the design of federal policies to strengthen local communities to withstand disasters, epidemics, and terrorism. 
December 10, 2009.

Prevention of Biothreats: A Look Ahead: This conference, hosted by the Center for Biosecurity in collaboration with the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, and Terrorism, had 2 goals: 1) present a coherent framework for existing, interlinked prevention efforts; and 2) spark improvements in prevention policy and practice. 
October 6, 2009

Disease, Disaster, and Democracy: The Public's Stake in Health Emergency Planning: This summit was designed to advise leaders in government, public health, and disaster management on the feasibility and benefits of actively engaging citizens in planning for large-scale health emergencies.
May 23, 2006

Bulls, Bears, and Birds: Preparing the Financial Industry for a Pandemic: During this half-day symposium on avian influenza, world experts briefed leaders from the business and financial sector on actions they could take to mitigate the effects of an avian influenza pandemic. 
September 23, 2005

International Conference on Biosafety and Biorisks: Organized in collaboration with the WHO Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response (CSR) Office in Lyon, France, this meeting convened scientists, health leaders and practitioners to discuss biosafety and biosecurity challenges presented by SARS, influenza, and other major epidemic threats, as well as efforts needed to improve international cooperation prior to and during future epidemics. 
March 2-3, 2005

The Public as an Asset, Not a Problem: A Summit on Leadership During Bioterrorism: The purpose of this event was to synthesize for government and public health authorities the essential principles of leadership, based on frontline experiences with recent terrorism events and other relevant crises, that encourage the public's constructive collaboration in confronting a bioterrorist attack.
February 3-4, 2003

Bioterrorism Scenarios

Atlantic Storm: Atlantic Storm was a ministerial table-top exercise convened by the Center for Biosecurity, the Center for Transatlantic Relations of the Johns Hopkins University, and the Transatlantic Biosecurity Network. The exercise used a fictitious scenario designed to mimic a summit of transatlantic leaders forced to respond to a bioterrorist attack. The event website provides a comprehensive overview of the exercise and access to all materials and multimedia, including Atlantic Storm Interactive, and the after-action report, "Navigating the Storm."
January 14, 2005

Dark Winter: The Dark Winter exercise portrayed a fictional scenario depicting a covert smallpox attack on US citizens. The scenario is set in 3 successive NSC meetings that take place over 2 weeks.  The exercise was held at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, DC. The Dark Winter script and other event materials are available through the conference web pages.
June 22-23, 2001

First and Second National Symposia

2nd National Symposium on Medical and Public Health Response to Bioterrorism: After introducing the subject of bioterrorism at the first symposium, the second symposium was convened to consider actions that might be taken by national leaders to diminish the risk of bioterrorism and/or to lessen the suffering such weapons would inflict upon civilian populations. November 28-29, 2000

National Symposium on Medical and Public Health Response to Bioterrorism: This was the watershed event in raising awareness among medical and public health practitioners about their critical roles in bioterrorism response. 
February 16-17, 1999