Dual Use Research: Repercussions for Security

Director: Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health
January 18, 2013 - Present

The Dual-Use Research: Repercussions for Security roundtable series examined issues of dual-use research of concern, synthetic biology, do-it-yourself biology, and international governance and oversight. These meetings brought together experts in the fields of synthetic biology dual-use research, and laboratory safety and regulation, to broaden the debate beyond the controversy surrounding the publication of two H5N1 flu-transmission studies in 2011–2012 and to discuss various aspects of the dual-use research of concern conundrum.

This roundtable series is made possible by the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Video: Staying Safe in a Biology Revolution

Working Paper: H5N1: A Case Study for Dual-Use Research

Meetings

Roundtable Meeting

Law, Regulation, the BWC, Codes of Ethics, and Professional Agreements

Speakers:

Piers Millett, Deputy Head of the Implementation Support Unit, Biological Weapons Convention, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Lars Schaade, Vice President, Robert Koch Institute, Ron Fouchier, Professor of Molecular Virology, Erasmus MC

Presider:

Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
March 20, 2013

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Roundtable Meeting

Who Decides a Dual Use Exists, and Then What Happens?

Speakers:

Gerald L. Epstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Policy, United States Department of Homeland Security, John-Erik Stig Hansen, Director, Center for Biosecurity and Preparedness, Denmark, Edward You, Supervisory Special Agent, Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Presider:

Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
March 6, 2013

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Roundtable Meeting

Assessing and Surveying the Risk

Speakers:

W. Ian Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Raymond Zilinskas, Director of the Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program, Monterey Institute for International Studies

Presider:

Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
February 19, 2013

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Roundtable Meeting

H5N1, Viruses, Trade, and International Relations

Speakers:

Ilaria Capua, Director, OIE/FAO Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease and OIE Collaborating Center for Diseases at the Human-Animal Interface, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Jimmy Kolker, Principal Deputy Director, Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Makarim Wibisono, Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation

Presider:

Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
January 18, 2013 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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