Perspectives on Research with H5N1 Avian Influenza

Perspectives on Research with H5N1 Avian Influenza

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When, in late 2011, it became public knowledge that two research groups had submitted for publication manuscripts that reported on their work on mammalian transmissibility of a lethal H5N1 avian influenza strain, the information caused an international debate about the appropriateness and communication of the researchers' work, the risks associated with the work, partial or complete censorship of scientific publications, and dual-use research of concern in general. Recognizing that the H5N1 research is only the most recent scientific activity subject to widespread attention due to safety and security concerns, on May 1, 2012, the National Research Council's Committee on Science, Technology and Law, in conjunction with the Board on Life Sciences and the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats, convened a one-day public workshop for the purposes of 1) discussing the H5N1 controversy; 2) considering responses by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which had funded this research, the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), scientific publishers, and members of the international research community; and 3) providing a forum wherein the concerns and interests of the broader community of stakeholders, including policy makers, biosafety and biosecurity experts, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and the general public might be articulated. Perspectives on Research with H5N1 Avian Influenza: Scientific Enquiry, Communication, Controversy summarizes the proceedings of the workshop.Scientific Inquiry, Communication, Controversy: Summary of a Workshop Committee on Science, Technology, and ... her career in public health as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and ... president, Scientific Affairs and Distinguished Lilly Research Scholar for Infectious Diseases, Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. ... and Dentistry at Birmingham, a department that ranked first in research funding from the National Institutes of Healthanbsp;...

Title:Perspectives on Research with H5N1 Avian Influenza
Author:Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, Forum on Microbial Threats, Policy and Global Affairs, Board on Life Sciences, Board on Global Health, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Institute of Medicine, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2013-04-18


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