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A Decade in Biosecurity

What Have We Accomplished? What Remains To Be Done?

MARCH 29, 2012—Baltimore, MD—The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC today published a series of 7 review articles documenting the progress in biosecurity over the past 10 years. The articles were posted ahead of print on the website of the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (

In the 10 years since the anthrax attacks of 2001, biosecurity has been increasingly recognized as a national and international priority, prompting new federal programs, legislation, and funding to address the threat posed by biological weapons, bioterrorism, and large-scale infectious disease outbreaks of natural origin, such as pandemic influenza. New federal efforts have, in turn, helped spur important state, local, and international efforts to improve biosecurity.

To document the achievements of the past decade and help chart the direction of future efforts, the Center for Biosecurity, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has commissioned this series of 7 review articles as a special feature titled A Decade in Biosecurity. These peer-reviewed articles, authored by leaders in the field, describe the current state of affairs in biosecurity policy and practice, identify remaining challenges and priorities, and articulate priorities for the field in the years ahead.

  • Public Health Surveillance and Infectious Disease Detection
    By Stephen S. Morse
  • Preventing Biological Weapon Development Through the Governance of Life Science Research
    By Gerald L. Epstein
  • The Evolution of Law in Biopreparedness
    By James G. Hodge, Jr.
  • A Decade of Countering Bioterrorism: Incremental Progress, Fundamental Failings
    By Richard Danzig
  • Assessing a Decade of Public Health Preparedness: Progress on the Precipice?
    By Elin Gursky and Gregory Bice
  • U.S. Medical Countermeasure Development Since 2001: A Long Way Yet to Go
    By Philip Russell and Gigi Kwik Gronvall
  • The People’s Role in U.S. National Health Security: Past, Present, and Future
    By Monica Schoch-Spana

The articles appear online ahead of print in the current issue of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. ( The articles are available free online at


Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, published quarterly in print and online, covers topics such as bioscience, medical and public health preparedness and response, infrastructure and institutions, international collaborations, agroterror/food safety, infectious disease surveillance, and citizen response and responsibility in all matters related to national and international biosecurity. It provides an international forum for debate and exploration of the many key strategic, scientific, and operational issues posed by biological weapons, bioterrorism, and other major health-related events.

The Center for Biosecurity is an independent, nonprofit organization of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) whose mission is to strengthen national security by reducing the risks posed by biological attacks, epidemics, and other destabilizing events, and to improve the nation’s resilience in the face of such events.



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