Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Annual Meeting
November 7, 2019
Chicago, IL

Dr. Asha George will be speaking and running a discussion session on biodefense at the annual meeting of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on November 7, 2019 in Chicago, IL.

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Cyberbio Convergence: Characterizing the Multiplicative Threat
September 17, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Washington, DC

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense will hold a meeting on September 17, 2019 to inform our continuing assessment of the cyberbiological threats, specific vulnerabilities, and consequences. Federal, academic, industry, and law enforcement experts will share their perspectives, experiences, challenges, and recommended solutions with regard to cyberbiosecurity, and talk about public and private sector responsibilities to protect the nation and ensure that the U.S. bioeconomy grows unimpeded.

RSVP by September 10. Registration is required and attendance is free. This event will also be webcast (registration for webcast is encouraged). Lunch and refreshments will be provided. WEBCAST WILL GO LIVE just before 10 a.m. on Sept 17.

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Contest to Win Signed Copy of Graphic Novel, "Germ Warefare: A Very Graphic History"

Enter to win one of three available signed copies of Max Brooks' graphic novel "Germ Ware: A Very Graphic Novel" .

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A Manhattan Project for Biodefense: Taking Biological Threats Off The Table
Thursday, July 11, 2019
New York, NY

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense held a meeting in New York City on July 11, 2019 to discuss "A Manhattan Project for Biodefense" - a national, public-private research and development undertaking to defend the Nation against biological threats, including biological warfare, bioterrorism, and infectious disease pandemics.

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U.S. Biodefense, Preparedness, and Implications of Antimicrobial Resistance for National Security
June 26, 2019
Capitol Hill

Panel Executive Director Dr. Asha M. George testified to the National Security Subcommittee of the House Committee on Overview and Reform during the U.S. Biodefense, Preparedness, and Implications of Antimicrobial Resistance for National Security hearing.

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Advancing Tribal Public Health Partnerships
May 22, 2019
Capitol Hill

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a round table discussion titled "Advancing Tribal Public Health Partnerships" on May 22, 2019. Rob Bradley was asked to represent the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense as an active participant.

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Max Brooks and Panel Release Graphic Novel on the History of Germ Warfare at Awesome Con
April 27, 2019
Washington DC

Best-selling author and zombie-expert Max Brooks joined Panel member Ken Wainstein and Panel Director Asha George to discuss Brook's latest graphic novel entitled, "Germ Warfare: A Very Graphic History" at the 2019 Awesome Con on April 27.

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Presentation at the Biodefense Summit: Implementation of the National Defense Strategy
April 17, 2019
Washington, DC

In today’s interconnected world, biological incidents have the potential to cost thousands of American lives, cause significant anxiety, and disrupt travel and trade. The National Biodefense Strategy, released on September 18, 2018, sets the course for the United States to combat the serious biothreats our country faces, whether they arise from natural outbreaks of disease, accidents involving high consequence pathogens, or the actions of terrorists or state actors. The Biodefense Summit aims to engage the biodefense stakeholder community to inform national biodefense enterprise efforts to counter biological threats, reduce risk, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological incidents. The Summit will inform implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy.

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Biodefense 101 Briefing
February 13, 2019
Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Dr. Asha George, Executive Director of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, provided a briefing to congressional offices on the severity of biological threats to the country. Topics included federal programs and activities needed to prepare the nation against biological crime, terrorism, warfare, and pandemics. Dr. George also shared recommendations from the Panel’s 2015 report, “A National Blueprint for Biodefense”, which addressed gaps in federal preparedness for a biological event. The briefing closed with discussion of the National Biodefense Strategy, released in September 2018, which was one of the Panel's major recommendations.

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Fighting the Next War: Defense Against Biological Weapons
February 5, 2019
Washington, DC

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense held a meeting on February 5, 2019 to get a better understanding of the responsibilities and requirements for federal biodefense efforts that are unique to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Biodefense Indicators: Progress in Implementing Key Elements of the National Blueprint for Biodefense
November 14, 2018
Washington, DC

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense held a meeting to gain a better understanding of how far the Executive Branch has come in implementing the National Blueprint for Biodefense. The Panel also discussed the recently released National Strategy for Biodefense with representatives from the White House.

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Podcast: Senator Daschle on The West Wing Weekly
October 30, 2018

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle is a special guest on an episode of The West Wing Weekly, the popular podcast that explores storylines from the NBC hit TV show, The West Wing.

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Panel Report: Holding the Line on Biodefense - State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Reinforcements Needed
October 11, 2018

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Fits and Starts: Reactionary Biodefense
October 9, 2018
Washington, DC

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense held a meeting to reexamine the anthrax events of 2001, as well as subsequent biological events to discuss where we are now and what else we need to do to ensure national biodefense.

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The Cost of Resilience: Impact of Large-Scale Biological Events on Business, Finance, and the Economy
July 31, 2018
Washington, DC

A biological attack could have devastating economic, social, and political consequences. The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense held a special focus meeting on The Cost of Resilience: The Impact of Large-Scale Biological Events on Business, Finance, and the Economy.

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Transnational Biological Threats and Global Security
April 25, 2018
Washington, DC

The biological threats to the Nation increase continuously, recognizing no borders. The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense held a public meeting to address Transnational Biological Threats and Global Security.

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Panel Report: Budget Reform for Biodefense - Integrated Budget Needed to Increase Return on Investment
February 26, 2018

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SLTT Ability to Respond to Large Scale Biological Events: Challenges and Solutions
January 17, 2018
Miami, FL

This meeting provided State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) governments, as well as federal and academic representatives, the opportunity to discuss their perspectives, experiences, challenges, and recommended solutions with regard to SLTT response to large-scale biological events.

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Testimony to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
December 13, 2017
Capitol Hill

Panel Co-Chair Joe Lieberman testified to the Senate's Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry full committee hearing entitled "Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World".

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National Biodefense Strategy: Implementation and Implications
November 2, 2017
Washington, DC

This meeting of the Study Panel addressed the implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy and its implications for the Office of Management and Budget, congressional authorization and appropriation, leadership, coordination, collaboration, and innovation.

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Panel Report: Defense of Animal Agriculture
October 18, 2017

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Attribution of Biological Crime, Terrorism, and Warfare: Challenges and Solutions
October 3, 2017
Washington, DC

Effective prosecution and decisions regarding U.S. response depend on accurate attribution of biological attacks. Despite ongoing biological crimes and suspected development of biological weapons for the purpose of attacking the Nation, the United States has yet to establish this capability fully. The Study Panel hosted a special focus meeting entitled Attribution of Biological Crime, Terrorism, and Warfare: Challenges and Solutions.

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Presentation at Strategies for Effective Biological Detection Systems Workshop
September 18, 2017
Washington, DC

Dr. Asha M. George presented on Biodetection Strategies within the Context of U.S. Biodefense Efforts. This National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop explored alternative effective systems that would meet requirements for BioWatch as a biological detection system for aerosolized agents.

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Presentation at Public Health and Disasters Conference
September 10-13, 2017
Utah

Dr. Asha M. George was a Plenary speaker, addressing Public Health Leadership, Reform, and Responsibility for Defending the Nation against Biological Threats. This annual, multidisciplinary national conference brings together professionals from public health, health care, emergency management and other disciplines involved in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies. The conference focuses specifically on disasters impacting or within the public health system – rather than only focusing on public health, it includes the other key components of the system including emergency management, emergency medical services, health care, hospitals and the rest of the public health system.

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Podcast: Rob Bradley on Disaster Politics - Legislating Relief
September 1, 2017

Robert Bradley, Policy Associate for the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense and former staffer for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talks about various disaster relief programs, what they do, and how they are legislated.

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Fighting an Unseen Enemy: Reducing the Pandemic Threat to Global Security
June 20, 2017
Washington, DC

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense joined with the Bipartisan Policy Center and Johnson & Johnson for an evening discussing Unseen Enemy, a documentary about the increased threat of epidemics, and the important policy challenges facing our country and our global allies.

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Presentation to HHS/ASPR Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Entrerprise
May 15, 2017
Washhington DC

The Diagnostics Integrated Program Team invited Dr. Asha M. George to provide an assessment of preparedness with diagnostics for biological threats from the perspective of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense. This team is part of the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise of the Department of Health & Human Service's Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

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Podcast: Ellen Carlin on Diaster Politics - Biodefense and Healthcare
May 10, 2017

Listen as Dr. Carlin discusses the broad continuum of biodefense and the work of groups like the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense and EcoHealth Alliance.

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Bioterrorism, Pandemics, and Preparing for the Future: Perspectives of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense
May 1, 2017
National Press Club

This special public affairs video featuring a discussion with Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense members on biological threats moderated by Max Brooks (scholar and author of World War Z)

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Budget Reform for Biodefense: Leadership and Coordination
May 1, 2017
Washington, DC

This meeting provided Panel Members with an understanding of and recommendations regarding
leadership, interagency coordination, and risk challenges to biodefense budgeting.

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Interview of Panel Co-Directors at 2017 Preparedness Summit
April 27, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Ellen Carlin and Dr. Asha George are Co-Directors for the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, a comprehensive assessment of the state of US biodefense efforts. Dr. Carlin and Dr. George discuss the 33 steps the government can take to mitigate the threats, and improve the nation's biodefense capabilities.

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Preparedness Summit 2017
April 25, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Fitting for the 2017 Preparedness Summit's theme of looking towards the future, the first plenary session served as an important jumping-off point informing the critical steps we must take to drive national resilience and recovery forward. Co-chairs for the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, former Senator Joseph Lieberman and former Governor and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Thomas Ridge, were the keynote presenters for this session, discussing strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities related to biological and chemical threat awareness, prevention and protection, surveillance and detection, and response and recovery.

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Agrodefense: Challenges and Solutions
January 26, 2017
Manhattan, KS

Provide the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense with an understanding of agricultural threats, as well as requirements for effective prevention, deterrence, preparedness, detection, response, attribution, recovery, and mitigation of agricultural threats that can inflict catastrophic consequences. Provide non-federal government, industry, and academic representatives with the opportunity to discuss their agrodefense experiences, challenges, and recommended solutions. Address key issues and questions concerning the current state of biodefense and the extent to which it includes agrodefense.

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Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute
January 25, 2017
Manhattan, KS

Panel members were offered a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute. Panel members were also able to see the progress of the biosafety level-4 labortaory under construction. Later that day, KSU President Richard Myers hosted Panel members and guests to dinner overlooking the KSU Bill Synder Family stadium.

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Participation at State Department event regarding challenges and opportunities in global health security
December 14, 2016

One day after releasing a new report, Biodefense Indicators – One Year Later, Events Outpacing Federal Efforts to Defend the Nation, Senator Joe Lieberman and Governor Tom Ridge, co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, participated in the State Department's event entitled, Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda: Achievements and Next Steps Toward a World Safe and Secure From Infectious Disease Threats."

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Panel Report: Biodefense Indicators - One Year Later, Events Outpacing Federal Efforts to Defend the Nation
December 13, 2016

The Study Panel's progress report reviews the status of implementation of each recommendation from the Blueprint for Biodefense as of December 2016.

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Presentation to the Bipartisan Policy Center event America's Food Supply, Health, and Economy at Risk
October 13, 2016
Washington, DC

Dr. Asha George remarks addressed the current bio/agrodefense landscape.

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Presentation to BIO Stakeholders
September 30, 2016
Washington DC

Dr. Asha M. George presented an overview of biodefense and the work of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense to the Stakeholders of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization - BIO.

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Presentation to Congressional Briefing, U.S. House of Representatives, Public-Private Partnerships and Biodefense and Pandemic Preparedness
September 14, 2016
Washington, DC

As part of an expert panel, Dr. Asha M. George, discussed with Members of Congress and congressional staff the current state of biodefense and pandemic preparedness in the U.S. and explained why public-private partnerships remain critical strategies for addressing national security threats. Dr, George presented the views of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on the Roles of the Public, Academia, and Industry.

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Presentation at International Center for Terrorism Studies at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies event “Latin American Security Challenges: From the Olympics to Zika”
June 23, 2016

Dr. Asha George presented the views of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense on Mass Gatherings and Infectious Diseases.

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Presentation at 14th Annual Vaccines & Therapeutics Summit: Biodefense, Antimicrobial Resistance, and Emerging Infectious Disease
May 18, 2016
Washington, DC

Dr. Ellen Carlin, Co-Director of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, discussed the Panel's recent report which says the US is not prepared to deal with a biological event. How will funding be reinvigorated? How will public-private partnerships transform?

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Panel Report: Impact of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense
May 1, 2016

An overview report of the impact of the Study Panel's recommendations on the public, Congress and Administration as of Spring 2016.

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Presentation at Institute of Medicine Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events 2016
February 25-26, 2016
Washington DC

Dr. Asha M. George was invited to present a status report on the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense.

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Testimony to House Committee on Energy & Commerce
February 12, 2016
Capitol Hill

Dr. Donna Shalala and Representative James Greenwood served as witnesses on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce holds hearing, "Outbreaks, Attacks, and Accidents: Combating Biological Threats".

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Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies event, International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2015 and outlook for 2016
February 8, 2016
Washington, DC

The international community faced two major categories of security challenges in 2015. The first stems from “natural disasters” (e.g. infectious disease epidemics) and the second consists of “man-made threats” (e.g. radicalization and violence). The purpose of ICTS' 18th annual security event was to focus on past lessons of international cooperation in combating human calamities and extremist actors as well as to assess the prospects for regional and global multilateral policies and actions in 2016. Panel Co-Chairs Governor Tom Ridge and Senator Joe Lieberman discussed the Panel's objectives and recommendations.

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Presentation at Institute of Medicine workshop, The Nation's Medical Countermeasure Stockpile: Opportunities to Improve the Sustainability of the CDC's Strategic National Stockpile
February 5, 2016

Dr. Ellen Carlin, Co-Director of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, served as a Panelist at The National Academy of Medicine's two-day workshop entitled The Nation's Medical Countermeasure Stockpile: Opportunities to Improve the Sustainability of the CDC Strategic National Stockpile.

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Testimony to House Committee on Armed Services
February 3, 2016
Capitol Hill

The subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the House Committee on Armed Services held a hearing entitled, "Outside Views on Biodefense for the Department of Defense" and Panel member Honorable Kenneth Wainstein and Panel exofficio member Dr. Gerald Parker served as witnesses.

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Meeting with Vice President Joe Biden
December 16, 2015
White House

On December 16, 2015, Senator Joe Lieberman and Governor Tom Ridge, Panel Co-Chairs, and Senator Ron Johnson and Senator Tom Carper, then Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, met with then Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Panel, released previously in October 2015 in its National Blueprint for Biodefense, including the Panel’s first recommendation, for the Vice President to take charge of the nation’s biodefense enterprise. Vice President Biden assured all present that the White House took the biological threat – and the Panel’s report – seriously.

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Testimony to House Committee on Homeland Security
November 3, 2015
Capitol Hill

The House Committee on Homeland Security hearing, "Defending Against Terrorism: How Vulnerable is America?," focused on the findings of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense’s recently released Bipartisan Report. Panel’s Co-Chairs Senator Lieberman and Governor Ridge updated Committee Members on the Panel’s work and the state of U.S. biodefense leadership and programs, including recommendations for improving our national defense against biological threats.

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Testimony to Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
October 28, 2015
Capitol Hill

Senator Lieberman and Governor Ridge served as the witnesses for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' hearing, "Assessing the State of Our Nation's Biodefense".

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Panel Report: A National Blueprint for Biodefense: Leadership and Major Reform Needed To Optimize Efforts
October 28, 2015
Washington, DC

The Panel held a press release to launch its first report, A National Blueprint for Biodefense: Leadership and Major Reform Needed To Optimize Efforts.

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Presentation at the 13th Annual Vaccines + Therapeutics Summit 2015
June 2, 2015
Washington, DC

Dr. Asha M. George, Co-Director of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, was a featured speaker addressing Congressional Perspectives on Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Policy.

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Response & Recovery
April 1, 2015
Washington, DC

This meeting provided the Panel members with an understanding of the biodefense requirements for effective preparedness, response and recovery from biological threats that can inflict potentially catastrophic consequences.

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Survellance & Detection
March 12, 2015

Panel members were provided with an understanding of the biodefense requirements for effective surveillance and detection of biological threats that can inflict potentially catastrophic consequences. Representatives of the surveillance and detection arena were able to discuss their biodefense experience and challenges with the panelists.

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Satellite Meeting hosted NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene
March 12, 2015

In March 2015, the NYC DOHMH remotely convened a meeting of its Directly Funded City partners (Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago) to discuss their unique biopreparedness challenges along with recommended solutions in the areas of preparedness funding, dispensing of medical countermeasures, and planning for a BioWatch Actionable Result.

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Satellite Meeting hosted by MESH
March 9, 2015

On March 9, 2015, MESH Coalition invited partners from Central Indiana and five states to participate in a roundtable discussion on the state of hospital preparedness. The focus of the discussion was on current funding challenges, reimbursement models and measuring community resilience.

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Satellite Meeting hosted by Texas A&M Health Science Center
February 24, 2015

On February 24, 2015, the Texas A&M Health Science Center, along with partners at the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases and The Bush School of Government and Public Service, convened a half-day roundtable to address the human-animal interface. Science and policy experts, including state and federal government, former federal government, and academia provided input regarding challenges in zoonotic disease, from surveillance to countermeasures.

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Presentation at Institute of Medicine Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events 2015
February 24, 2015
Washington DC

Dr. Asha M. George was invited to present an overview of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense.

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Satellite Meeting hosted by Alliance for Biosecurity
February 19, 2015

On February 19, 2015, the Alliance for Biosecurity, a DC-based industry coalition, convened both member and non-member companies for a full day to discuss challenges in medical countermeasure development and to provide solutions for improving the public-private partnership in this area.

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Prevention & Protection
January 14, 2015
Washington, DC

Speakers presented Panel Members with perspectives on the status and effectiveness of biological threat prevention and protection efforts. Topics included biological arms control, cooperative threat reduction, biosecurity, vaccination, and Ebola and pandemic influenza response.

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Threat Awareness
December 4, 2014
Washington, DC

This first meeting of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense served to provide the Panel members with a holistic view of the potential risks and opportunities to address vulnerabilities posed by biological threats that can inflict potentially catastrophic consequences.

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Breakfast with Governor Tom Ridge
November 17, 2014
Washington, DC

Governor Ridge provided his vision for the Study Panel and how the Panelists and their recommendations could impact policy -making in the 114th Congress and the next Presidential Administration.

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