Recent News

Jan 07, 2016
Mutated virus

NSABB launches new phase of GOF research debate

Some topics: weighing risks and benefits, ethical issues, and global involvement.

Jan 05, 2016

News Scan for Jan 05, 2016

MCR-1 in Canada
Medical countermeasures for kids
Impact of minor flu strains
Dec 21, 2015
DC skyline

Infectious disease efforts see gains in 2016 budget approval

The NIH sees its biggest boost in 12 years, and other public health initiatives benefit, too.

Dec 17, 2015
Bacteria colony

Complacency, underfunding fuel state readiness gaps

In its annual report, TFAH said there are still major gaps and funding needed to battle new threats.

Dec 11, 2015
Lab vials and syringes

GOF risk-benefit analysis unveiled ahead of NSABB debate

The analysis is a key part of a federal review of controversial studies on H5N1 and other pathogens.

Dec 09, 2015

News Scan for Dec 09, 2015

CDC lab regulator out
Antimicrobial overuse
Global STI incidence
Nov 23, 2015

News Scan for Nov 23, 2015

BioWatch capabilities
Flu vaccine protection
More chikungunya cases
Malaria funding
Cholera in Iraq
Oct 29, 2015

Panel report recommends blueprint for fixing biodefense gaps

Recommendations include executive-level management that spells out a national plan, pulls together a policy council, and unifies the biodefense budget.

Oct 02, 2015
Culturing cells in petri dish

Work continues on policies for 'gain of function' research

The NSABB plans to release final recommendations in spring 2016.

Sep 25, 2015

News Scan for Sep 25, 2015

US biosurveillance assessment
Plague case in New Mexico
MRSA and antibiotic stewardship

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council. Medical countermeasures for children in public health emergencies, disasters, or terrorism. Pediatrics 2016 (published online Jan 4)

Adalja AA, Toner E, Inglesby TV. Clinical management of potential bioterrorism-related conditions. N Engl J Med 2015 Mar 5;372(10):954-62

Boddie C, Watson M, Ackerman G, et al. Assessing the bioweapons threat. Science 2015 Aug 21;349(6250):792-3

Boddie C. Federal funding in support of Ebola medical countermeasures R&D. Health Security 2015 Jan/Feb;13(1):3-8

Frank GM, Adalja A, Barbour A, et al. IDSA and gain-of-function experiments with pathogens having pandemic potential. (Editorial) J Infect Dis 2015 (published online Sep 27)

GAO (US Government Accountability Office). Biosurveillance: Challenges and options for the National Biosurveillance Integration Center. GAO-15-793. Sep 24, 2015

GAO. High-containment laboratories: preliminary observations on federal efforts to address weaknesses exposed by recent safety lapses. GAO-15-792T. Jul 28, 2015

Kilianski A, Nuzzo JB, Modjarrad K. Gain-of-function research and the relevance to clinical practice. J Infect Dis 2015 (published online Sep 27)

Rozell DJ. Assessing and managing the risks of potential pandemic pathogen research. (Letter) mBio 2015 Jul 21;6(4):e01075-15

Thomas TN, Leander-Griffith M, Harp V, et al. Influences of preparedness knowledge and beliefs on household disaster preparedness. MMWR 2015 Sep 11;64(35):965-71

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