Biosecurity Seminars

May 11, 2009
Responding to Swine Flu: Where Do We Stand?
Dr. Alfred DeMaria, Department of Public Health

March 31, 2009
Pandemic Flu 2009: What Are the Risks, How Should We Prepare?
Sanford L. Weiner, MIT Security Studies Program

January 8, 2009
Neuroscience and National Security
Professor Jonathan Moreno, University of Pennsylvania
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December 16, 2008
The Anthrax Letters: The Scientific Investigation
Professor Jacques Ravel, University of Maryland Medical School

May 6, 2008
(Mis)estimating the Terrorist Threat
Prof. John Mueller, Ohio State

May 1, 2008
Enhancing Bioecurity in the Life Sciences: the NSABB
Dr. Stuart Levy, Tufts Medical School 
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November 29, 2007
Budgeting for Homeland Security
Dr. Cindy Williams, MIT Security Studies Program
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September 26, 2007
RNA Interference
Prof. Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor, MIT
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May 8, 2007
The Level 4 Biolab at BU- Benefits, Risks and Public Policy
Professor David Ozonoff, Department of Environmental Health, BU School of Public Health
Dr. Jens Kuhn, Harvard Medical School
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March 29, 2007
Developing Broad Spectrum Countermeasures
Dr Joseph Palma
former Medical Director, Chemical and Biological Defense Program, Department of Defense
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February 16, 2007
New Technologies Against Biological and Emerging Threats: Progress, Pitfalls and Setbacks
Dr. Thomas Monath
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Pandemic & Biodefense Fund
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December 11, 2006
Recreating the 1918 Pandemic Flu Virus
Dr. Terrence Tumpey
Centers for Disease Control
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June 15, 2006
Workshop on Pandemic Influenza: Science and Policy
Session 1: Policies for Pandemic Influenza
Laura Kelley
Associate in Infectious Diseases and Public Health, National Intelligence Council, Directorate of National Intelligence
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Sanford L. Weiner, Research Associate, MIT Security Studies Program
Barrett D. Slenning, Professor, Animal Biosecurity Risk Management Group, North Carolina State University
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Session 2: The Science of Pandemic Influenza
Peter Palese, Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
Stephen C. Schoenbaum, Executive Vice President, The Commonwealth Fund, and Harvard Medical School
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December 8, 2005
Security Restraints on Biological Research: Where to Draw the Line?
Dr. Stuart Levy
Tufts Medical School

November 17, 2005
NIH Biodefense Overview
Dr. Michael Kurilla
NIAID
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October 20, 2005
Biodefense Buildup: A Critique
Professor Richard Ebright
Rutgers University
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September 29, 2005
Marburg and Ebola: Viruses, Epidemics and Weapons?
Jens Kuhn
New England Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School
and
Michael Callahan, Director
Biodefense Program, Center for Integrative Medicine and Innovative Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Related article: "Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever in Angola," New England Journal of Medicine 352;21, May 26, 2005 (PDF)
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May 11, 2005
Weaponization of Biological Agents
Harvey McGeorge, President
Public Safety Group

April 11, 2005
Synthetic Biology: Pitfalls and Opportunities
Drew Endy, Assistant Professor
Biological Engineering, MIT
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March 7, 2005
Evaluating Bioterrorist Threat Agents: Implications for Life Sciences Research
Lawrence Kerr, Assistant Director for Homeland Security, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House
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May 22, 2003
Changing Perceptions of Biological Warfare: From the First and the Second Edition of the World Health Organization Manual
Julian Perry Robinson, Professorial Fellow
SPRU-Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, England; Co-Director, Harvard Sussex Program

May 1, 2003
Controlling Pathogens: Prospects for Export Controls on Biological Agents
Elisa Harris, Research Fellow
Center for International and Security Studies, University of Maryland

April 24, 2003
Making Threats: The History of the British Biological Weapons Programme
Brian Balmer, Senior Lecturer in Science Policy
University College, London

April 17, 2003
The Future of the Chemical Weapons Ban
Robert Mikulak, Director
Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions, Bureau of Arms Control
U.S. Department of State

April 3, 2003
Biological Weapons in the International System: Future Prospects
Ambassador Donald Mahley
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Multilateral and Conventional Arms Control, U.S. Department of State

March 27, 2003
Smallpox: From Eradicated Disease to Bioterrorism Threat
Jonathan Tucker, Senior Fellow
U.S. Institute of Peace; Former Director, Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program, Monterey Institute

March 20, 2003
The Uncertainly Horrifying Prospect of BW: International Risks, Responses and Dilemmas
Paul Schulte, Director
Proliferation and Arms Control, UK Ministry of Defence

March 20, 2003
The Legacy of Hiroshima
Thomas Schelling, Distinguished Professor
University of Maryland; Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

March 13, 2003
Biological Warfare: The Political Science Perspective
Gregory Koblentz, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Political Science MIT

March 5, 2003
Security Countermeasures: A Role for the Biomedical Engineer/Scientist?
Jeffrey Borenstein, Director
Biomedical Engineering Center, Draper Laboratory; Associate Director, Center for Integration of Innovative Medicine and Technology

February 20, 2003
The 2001 Postal Anthrax Letter Attacks
Jeanne Guillemin, Professor
Boston College

February 2, 2003
Policy and Organizational Issues
Sanford Weiner, Research Affiliate
MIT Security Studies Program

February 2, 2003
Introduction to Bioterrorist Agents and Medical Response
Dr. Sharon Wright, Director
Hospital Epidemiology, Division of Infectious Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center