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Apr 03, 2013

Apr 03, 2013

NBSB unveils situational awareness, SNS recommendations

(CIDRAP News) – The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) today forwarded two sets of recommendations to federal departments that oversee emergency preparedness, one focused on enhancing situational awareness in health emergencies and the other on improving the nation's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) by 2020.

Mar 19, 2013

Mar 19, 2013

Bioethics panel sets bar high for medical countermeasure studies in kids

(CIDRAP News) – A presidential bioethics commission asked to study whether anthrax vaccine trials should be conducted in children before an event occurs released its assessment today, spelling out several steps that would need to be taken before research could proceed.

Aug 02, 2012

Aug 02, 2012

National biosurveillance strategy aims to detect manifold threats

(CIDRAP News) – The Obama Administration this week unveiled the nation's first national biosurveillance strategy, designed to detect a range of threats, including bioterror attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, agricultural threats, and foodborne illness outbreaks.

Jun 26, 2012

Jun 26, 2012

Biodefense board takes on situational awareness, SNS tasks

(CIDRAP News) – The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) during its meeting today took on two new tasks: to help guide federal efforts to improve situational awareness for potential public health emergencies and to help work out a strategy for improving and modernizing the management of the government's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).

Feb 02, 2012

Feb 02, 2012

NBSB starts work on new medical countermeasure review

(CIDRAP News) – In its first meeting of the year, a panel that advises the federal government on biodefense issues started work on revising the government's strategy for building the best collection of medical countermeasures against biological, chemical, and other threats.

Sep 22, 2011

Sep 22, 2011

Preparedness law renewal proceeds with minor tweaks

(CIDRAP News) – Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), which has cleared a US House committee, now awaits relatively minor tweaking before final House and Senate approval, a representative for the US Health and Humans Services (HHS) said today at a biodefense advisory committee.

Apr 28, 2011

Apr 28, 2011

Federal preparedness advisers approve disaster research recommendations

(CIDRAP News) – A federal advisory board meeting in Washington, DC, today approved a set of recommendations that would help mobilize the scientific response in the wake of major public health events such as the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Jan 04, 2011

Jan 04, 2011

HHS names 6 new members to biodefense advisory panel

(CIDRAP News) – Six new members have been appointed to the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the expert committee that advises the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on preparing for bioterrroism and other public health emergencies, HHS officials announced yesterday.

The six new members replace six whose 3-year terms ended Dec 31, HHS said in a news release.

The new members are:

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