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


Synthetic Biology Book Launch
Synthetic biology aims to make biology easier to engineer and to program. Thanks to advances in computing power, the ability to make long tracts of DNA, new tools like CRISPR that can be used to edit genomes, and the enthusiasm of young scientists and even amateurs who want to enter the field, synthetic biology is poised to change the future of medicine, agriculture, and manufacturing.
November 2, 2016

Assessing Countries’ Global Health Security Capabilities
From June 20-July 2, 2016, a six-person External Assessment Team from the Center for Health Security met with governmental leaders in Taipei, Taiwan to conduct an independent assessment of Taiwan’s capabilities under the Internal Health Regulations (2005) and its related progress toward the “Protect, Detect, and Respond” goals of Global Health Security Agenda.
October 19, 2016

South Africa Delegation Meeting
The Center hosted a delegation from South Africa and exchanged views on health security issues facing both countries.
October 6, 2016

India-US Biosecurity Dialogue
The Center for Health Security hosted the first meeting of a bilateral biosecurity dialogue between delegates representing the United States and India. The meeting took place in Washington, DC and included discussions on the biosecurity landscapes of the US and India, development of medical countermeasures, the life sciences and biotechnology, biosafety-strengthening efforts at laboratories, risk assessment, and cross-sector collaboration for mitigating biological threats.
September 20-21, 2016

GHSA assessment of Taiwan
The Center for Health Security met with governmental leaders in Taiwan to kick-off a project to assess Taiwan’s progress toward the “Protect, Detect, and Respond” goals of Global Health Security Agenda.
March 29 – April 1, 2016

Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative: 2016 Workshop
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, 2016

Congressional Seminar: The Zika Virus Outbreak – What is Needed for a Successful US Response?
CDC Director Dr. Tom Freiden provided an overview of the Zika outbreak and what the US is doing to respond.
March 1, 2016


Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative: 2015 Workshop
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, 2015

Multilateral Strategic Dialogue on Biosecurity, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, United States
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, 2015

Congressional Ebola Forum
Building Resilient Communities: Ebola and Global Health Crises – Where We Need to Go
February 15, 2015


Singapore–US Strategic Dialogue on Biosecurity II
The UPMC Center for Health Security led a Track II Biosecurity Dialogue between Singapore and the US in Singapore.
November 12-13, 2014

Congressional Seminar on the Ebola Outbreak: What's needed to end this crisis?
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, 2014

Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative: 2014 Workshop
The Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative held its fall workshop at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.
September 8-9, 2014

Singapore–US Strategic Dialogue on Biosecurity
The UPMC Center for Health Security led a Biosecurity Dialogue between Singapore and the US in Washington DC.
June 10-11 , 2014


Insights from the Front Lines of the MERS Outbreak
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


Improving Epidemic Response: Building Bridges Between the US and China
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

3rd Congressional Seminar Series: Considerations for the 2012 Reauthorization of PAHPA
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


2nd Congressional Seminar Series: US Preparedness for a Nuclear Detonation
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

Charting the Future of Biosecurity: Ten Years After the Anthrax Attacks
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

Launch of Rad Resilient City Initiative
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

Advancing US Resilience to a Nuclear Catastrophe
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

1st Congressional Seminar Series: Considerations for 2011 Reauthorization of PAHPA
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

Preserving National Security: The Growing Role of the Life Sciences
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


Improving Global Health, Strengthening Global Security
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

Preparing to Save Lives and Recover After a Nuclear Detonation: Implications for US Policy
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 2009 H1N1 Experience: Policy Implications for Future Infectious Disease Emergencies
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


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

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


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


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


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



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