Life Sciences: Workshop Proceedings

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.

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Strategies for Effective Improvements to the BioWatch System: Proceedings of a Workshop (2018)

BioWatch is the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) system for providing advanced warning of an aerosolized biological attack. This system uses collectors strategically positioned across the country to monitor the air for biological threats. As currently deployed, BioWatch collectors draw air through filters that field technicians collect and transport to public laboratories, where professional technicians analyze the material collected o... More >>

Advances in Causal Understanding for Human Health Risk-Based Decision-Making: Proceedings of a Workshop -- in Brief (2018)

New molecular and bioinformatic approaches have advanced understanding of how molecular pathways are affected by exposure and involved in disease. However, these advances are often not yet deemed sufficient to establish a causal link between an exposure and health outcome for public health risk assessments; regulators still rely primarily on traditional data streams and endpoints, such as those endpoints observed in animal studies. A March 201... More >>

Measuring Personal Environmental Exposures: Proceedings of a Workshop, in Brief (2017)

This workshop was held November 16-17, 2016 at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Keck Building, located at 500 5th St. NW Washington DC, 20001. Advances in personal sensor technologies and increased access to personal biological testing and public web-based information such as pooled community-level data, among other emerging capabilities, increasingly enable people and communities to collect and use data about thei... More >>

Soliciting Stakeholder Input for a Revision of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL): Proceedings of a Workshop (2016)

Since its publication by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1984, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) has become the cornerstone of the practice of biosafety in the United States and in many countries around the world. The BMBL has been revised periodically over the past three decades to refine the guidance it provides based on new knowledge an... More >>

Gain-of-Function Research: Summary of the Second Symposium, March 10-11, 2016 (2016)

The second National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine symposium on gain-of-function research gathered feedback from the life sciences community on draft policies developed by the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity (NSABB) for federal oversight of this emerging research area as part of a broader U.S. government deliberative process. "Gain-of-function" research refers to studies that enhance the ability of pathogens t... More >>