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2019 Global Forum


Opening remarks

Opening remarks from Gigi GRONVALL, PhD (PDF)
Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, United States of America

Opening remarks from Anja KASPERSEN (PDF)
Director, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

Session #1

Gene Drives: Advances in Insect Control (PDF)
Chloe HAWKINGS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, United States of America

Gene Drives and Engineered Ecology: What can we expect from these advancing capabilities and what are their implications for the BWC? (PDF)
Alexander KAGANSKY, PhD, Head, Center for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine of the School of Biomedicine, Far Eastern Federal University, Russia

Can we predict the outcome of CRISPR gene drive releases? (PPTX)
Philipp MESSER, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cornell University, United States of America

Potential Public Health Use of Gene Drive Approaches to Reduce Vector-Borne Disease (PDF)
Michael SANTOS, PhD, Associate Vice President of Science, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, United States of America

Session #2

The Synthetic Biology Community in Pakistan (PDF)
Faisal KHAN, DPhil, Director and Assistant Professor, Institute of Integrative Biosciences, CECOS University, Pakistan

Current Biotechnology Research at Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics and its impact on the Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) (PDF)
George OBIERO, PhD, Director, Centre of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Agroterrorism: Agriculture as a target
What should be done?
Luis Alberto OCHOA CARRERA, MSc, Mexican Biosafety Association (AMEXBIO), Mexico

Current developments in agricultural science
Possible implications for biological security
Christine UHLENHAUT, PhD, Chargée de Mission for Biological Threat Reduction, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), France


Keynote address by Alessandro MARCELLO, PhD (PDF)
Group Leader, Molecular Virology Laboratory, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

Session #3

Barriers and Opportunities: Science, Technology, Disarmament and Non-proliferation (PDF)
Jonathan FORMAN, PhD, Science Policy Advisor, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Netherlands

Strengthening Security for Gene Synthesis
Recommendations for Governance
Gigi GRONVALL, PhD, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, United States of America

WHO Human Genome Editing Committee (PDF)
Katherine LITTLER, Co-Lead, Global Health Ethics, World Health Organization, Switzerland

Can Cutting-edge Biology Strengthen the BWC?
Barriers and Opportunities
J. Milkah Muthoni MWANGI, MSc, Senior Research Scientist, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya



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