Meeting

Strategies for Cost-Effective and Flexible Biodetection Systems that Ensure Timely and Accurate Information for Public Health Officials: A Workshop


When: June 25, 2013 - June 26, 2013 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (Room 125) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Biomedical and Health Research, Environmental Health, Public Health
Activity: Strategies for Cost-Effective and Flexible Biodetection Systems that Ensure Timely and Accurate Information for Public Health Officials: A Workshop
Boards: Board on Health Sciences Policy, Board on Life Sciences

The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council will host a two-day workshop that will explore alternative cost-effective systems that would meet requirements for BioWatch as an automated detection system for aerosolized agents (alternative technologies for autonomous detection). Systems identified need to be capable of being deployed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by 2018 and enable day-to-day environmental surveillance that would be of value to the public health and medical community.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the nature of the biothreat and the role of biodetection
  • Discuss the history of the BioWatch program and the draft request for proposals (RFP) released by DHS for alternative technologies for autonomous detection
  • Discuss the role of public health officials and laboratorians in the interpretation of BioWatch data and the information that is needed from a system for effective decision making
  • Review the current state of the art and explore the potential use of four families of technology for the BioWatch program: Nucleic-acid Signatures, Immunoassays and Protein Signatures, Genomic Sequencing, and Mass Spectrometry
  • Explore how the technologies discussed might be strategically combined or deployed to optimize their contributions to an effective environmental detection capability

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