Biological and Biomedical Research and Policy : Workshop Reports/Summaries
The Division hosts many workshops, symposia, and other meetings that provide information or bring together policy-makers, members of industry, scientists, and the general public to discuss timely issues. Discussions at workshops and other events are often published in workshop summaries, websites, newsletters, and other formats to preserve and make publicly accessible the information or discussions from the event.
Trends in Science and Technology Relevant to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Summary of an International Workshop: October 31 to November 3, 2010, Beijing, China (2011)
The potential of recent advances in science and technology to affect the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention was discussed at a recent workshop held at the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The meeting was convened by IAP -- the Global Network of Science Academies, the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the International Union of Microbiological Societies, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, an... More >>
Global Challenges and Directions for Agricultural Biotechnology: Workshop Report (2008)
Many developing countries are exploring whether biotechnology has a role in addressing national issues such as food security and environmental remediation, and are considering whether the putative benefits of the technology to biodiversity, health, and local jobs. Some policy leaders worry that their governments are not prepared to take control of this evolving technology and that introducing it into society would be a risky act. Others hav... More >>
Assessing the Medical Risks of Human Oocyte Donation for Stem Cell Research: Workshop Report (2007)
Stem cell research has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of many health problems including chronic heart disease, Type I diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and spinal chord injuries. This research, however, would require a steady supply of stem cells, particularly human embryonic stem cells, which are created from eggs-or oocytes-harvested from the ovaries of female donors. The egg donation process is not without its risks to the donors... More >>