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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.

UPMC Annual Report


We convene expert working groups, congressional seminars, scientific meetings, conferences, and tabletop exercises to stimulate new thinking and provoke action.

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


The 2016 Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative held its spring workshop in Washington DC and Fredrick MD, where they met with federal leaders responsible for the nation’s biosecurity.
March 14-16
CDC Director Dr. Tom Freiden provided an overview of the Zika outbreak and what the US is doing to respond.
March 1


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.
August 3-6
The UPMC Center for Health Security hosted the first meeting of a multilateral biosecurity dialogue between partners representing the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
June 24-25
Building Resilient Communities: Ebola and Global Health Crises – Where We Need to Go
February 15


The UPMC Center for Health Security led a Track II Biosecurity Dialogue between Singapore and the US in Singapore.
November 12-13
The UPMC Center for Health Security hosted a Congressional Seminar on Ebola for Hill staff and other stakeholders. Leaders from CDC, USAID, DOD, and Fondation Mérieux spoke.
September 24
The Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative held its fall workshop at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.
September 8-9
The UPMC Center for Health Security led a Biosecurity Dialogue between Singapore and the US in Washington DC.
June 10-11 


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has been the epicenter of the global MERS-CoV outbreak, and the man in charge of the response has been Dr. Ziad Memish, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health. The Center invited Dr. Memish to Washington, DC, to discuss in a public forum his experience in managing KSA's MERS outbreak.
August 21, 2013


This conference brought together leaders from China and the US to increase mutual understanding of the two nations' strategies for responding to major infectious disease epidemics.
May 15, 2012
The Center and BIO convened Congressional staff, government officials, biosecurity organizations, and key stakeholders to stress the importance of reauthorizing PAHPA. With a standing- room-only audience of more than 100 attendees, the response was impressive.
March 1, 2012


With the Senate Caucus on WMD Terrorism as honorary co-host, the Center presented a briefing on US preparedness for a nuclear detonation, with speakers Brooke Buddemeier of LLNL, Donald Daigler of FEMA, and Drs. Inglesby and Schoch-Spana.
October 17, 2011
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the anthrax attacks, the Center convened a distinguished panel of leaders in the biosecurity community to reflect on progress made since 2001 and consider priorities for the biosecurity policy agenda in the years ahead.
October 4, 2011
The Rad Resilient City initiative was launched with a briefing at the National Press Club. Visit to watch event videos, download the Rad Resilient City Preparedness Checklist, and learn more about this initiative.
September 27, 2011
The aim of this conference was to examine ways to improve the nation's ability to respond to a nuclear detonation in a major city or to an accident at a nuclear power plant.
May 19, 2011
This first Congressional seminar on biological and nuclear security was sponsored by the Center, with the Senate Caucus on WMD Terrorism as honorary co-host, to address goals and priorities for the 2011 reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).
March 25, 2011
Recognizing both the increasingly important and transformative role that the life sciences will play in the 21st century and the expanding and evolving connections between the life sciences and US national security, the Center convened this meeting to discuss the impact of each on the other.
March 3, 2011


The meeting focused on ways to improve programs and efforts that collectively comprise global health security, including international cooperation in support of the BWC and the IHR; international disease surveillance; exchange of technical information and new pathogens for drug, vaccine, and diagnostic development; and prevention, early warning, and control of animal disease outbreaks.
November 22, 2010
The State of Biopreparedness: Lessons for Leaders, Proposals for Progress
The state of US biopreparedness is improving, but important challenges remain, and work is needed to improve threat assessment, detection and surveillance, MCM development and distribution, public health and medical response, and national recovery. The Center invited distinguished experts in the field to examine priorities and opportunities in US biopreparedness.
September 23, 2010
The Center convened this invitational conference in Washington, DC, to examine and consider the policy implications of critical issues in response to and recovery from a nuclear detonation.
April 29, 2010
The Center invited US public health leaders and other distinguished panelists and speakers to reflect on the nation's experience with the 2009 pandemic. All agreed that the US benefited greatly from the years of work on preparedness, while stressing the need for continued efforts to prepare for future infectious disease emergencies.
March 5, 2010