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IS 0300: Pandemics, Bioterrorism, and International Security
Lead Instructor: Gregory A. Koblentz

Early Bird Price Expires May 15, 2015

Course Description

Course Description

This three-day, non-credit short-course introduces participants to the challenges facing the world at the intersection of health and security. Private and public organizations face a number of challenges in the biosecurity domain. The spectrum of biological threats is diverse, including naturally occurring disease outbreaks such as SARS and Ebola, lapses in biosafety, risks created by advances in biotechnology, and the threat of bioterrorism. A severe disease outbreak, whether natural or man-made, can affect not just public health, but also public safety and national security. The causes and consequences of these risks extend far beyond any one nationís borders. Pandemics and bioterrorist attacks will confront government agencies and the private sector with the need to make high-impact decisions with limited information during a rapidly evolving situation.

Further complicating this domain is the dual-use nature of biology: the knowledge and skills developed for legitimate scientific and commercial purposes can be misused by those with hostile intent. Research with dangerous pathogens and the development of dual-use biotechnologies poses a dilemma for policy-makers and researchers who seek to maximize the benefits of such research while minimizing the risks.

Public health, law enforcement and national security agencies, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and the academic life sciences community need to develop new types of expertise, adopt new types of risk assessment and risk management strategies, and learn to collaborate with each other.

The 1976 swine flu scare, 2001 anthrax letter attacks, SARS and avian influenza outbreaks, 2009 influenza pandemic, and the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa provide rich case studies of how elite organizations have struggled to address novel biological threats, make high-impact decisions with limited information, and work effectively with new partners. The lessons from these cases are broadly applicable to both public and private organizations seeking to address current and emerging biosecurity risks.

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    July 22-24, 2015 (Wednesday-Friday)
  • Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Location: ARL     Status: Open

  • Fee

    Course Fee: $1195.00 Early Bird: $1195.00

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  • 2.1 CEUs
  • 21 Contact Hours
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