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 2320 - Biosurveillance Conference 

2320 - Biosurveillance Conference 

Theme

Creating a National Biosurveillance Strategy: Addressing the Shortfalls and Filling the Gaps

Event Number
2320

Event Date

8/27/2012
 to 8/28/2012

Event Location
Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill

Event Contact
Ms. Cindy Moore at noemail@ndia.org or (703)247-2540

Conference Objective

The NDIA Biosurveillance Conference will provide a forum for addressing the many known shortfalls and inadequacies, in the biosurveillance community, preventing us from developing, implementing, and maintaining a national biosurveillance strategy.

Attendees will be provided the opportunity to share ideas and explore the vital next steps to achieve the overall goal of standardizing and integrating the biosurveillance community, thus, helping us prepare for and protect against harmful biological agents in the environment.

In a time where strengthening our defenses in the biological arena is of national priority, it’s more important than ever to bring government, industry, academia, and first responders together, on one stage, in order to “address the shortfalls and fill in the gaps” in our national biosurveillance strategy.

Addressing the Shortfalls of a National Biosurveillance Strategy

 
Some of the shortfalls that have hindered the advancement of a national strategy, which must be effectively analyzed and addressed, include:
  • The inability of state and local biosurveillance programs to effectively collaborate and communicate – lack of information, data, and resource sharing, thus, creating duplicative missions
  • The lack of urgency for a national biosurveillance strategy and the necessary funding
  • No clear federal strategy for properly developing, implementing, and maintaining the biosurveillance systems in the U.S.
  • The absence of agreement on what data and information is important and what constitutes “actionable” biosurveillance information
  • Poor interoperability between public health and healthcare institutions

Exploring the Next Steps

After analyzing and addressing the shortfalls of a national biosurveillance strategy, the Biosurveillance Conference will then allow attendees to share ideas on and explore the vital next steps that must be taken. Some of the next steps that will be explored include:

  • Defining clear and definitive roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal agencies, at each level, as it relates to humans, animals, food, and environmental surveillance
  • Prioritizing and allocating investments, based on clearly defined federal missions and goals
  • Taking a proactive approach to biosurveillance, as opposed to a reactive approach
  • Developing effective systems and procedures, as well as hiring highly-skilled and competent workers, to maintain an effective biosurveillance strategy

Who Will Attend

This conference will bring together today’s leading biosurveillance professionals from government, industry, academia, and first responders. Conference registration is open to the public and both women and men of all professional levels are encouraged to attend.

  • Biosurveillance Technology Experts & Scientists
  • Government Biosurveillance Labs & Entities
  • System/Concept Developers
  • Health/Medical Experts & Scientists

 

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Agenda

Download/Print/View the Final Biosurveillance Conference Agenda

Keynote Speakers:

Conference attendees will hear from two of the most well-known and highly respected leaders in the biosurveillance community in the following keynote speeches:

Keynote Address on Shortfalls & Inadequacies of our Current Biosurveillance Systems/Procedures: 

  • Ms. Laurie Garrett, Author, Lecturer, Policy Analyst; Senior Fellow for Global 
    Health, Council on Foreign Relations 

          Click Here to view Laurie's biography.

Keynote Address on the President’s Proposed ‘National Biosurveillance Strategy’:  

  • Mr. Brian Kamoie, Senior Director for Preparedness Policy, The 
    White House National Security Staff 

Other Notable Speakers Include:

  • Dr. Steve Bennett, Director, National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC)
  • Ms. Karen Cheng, Software Director, Health Effects and Medical Response Group, Applied Research Associates
  • Dr. Jacqueline Coberly, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
  • Mr. Bob Cottingham, Group Leader, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. Helen Cui, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Mr. Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Topsy Labs, Inc.
  • Dr. David Hirschberg, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, Center for Infection and Immunity, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Ms. Jane Huston, Program Coordinator, HealthMap
  • Dr. Matthew Lesho, Director, Government Business Development, Luminex Corporation
  • Dr. Jason Paragas, Special Assistant to the Director, Chemical & Biological Technologies Directorate, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  • Dr. Arvind Ramanathan, Computational Data Analytics Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. C. Nicole Rosenzweig, Research Biologist, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
  • Dr. Brad Schneider, Director of Laboratory Sciences, Metabiota (formerly, Global Viral Forecasting)
  • Mr. Tom Slezak, Associate Program Leader, Informatics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
  • Mr. Richard Stouder, Director, Technology Development and Deployment, Global Security Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. Bobbie-Jo Webb-Robertson, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Point/Counter-Point Panel - "Biosurveillance 2017: Will We Be Better Prepared?"

Moderators:

  • Dr. Bob Kadlec, Vice President Biodefense and Public Health, PRTM Management Consultants
  • Mr. Bob Cottingham, Group Leader, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Panelists:

  • Dr. Steve Bennett, Director, National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC)
  • Ms. Laurie Garrett, Author, Lecturer, Policy Analyst; Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations 
  • Dr. David Hirschberg, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, Center for Infection and Immunity, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Dr. Harshini Mukundan, Scientist, Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Chemistry Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory 
  • Dr. Jason Paragas, Special Assistant to the Director, Chemical & Biological Technologies Directorate, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  • Dr. C. Nicole Rosenzweig, Research Biologist, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

Location

Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill
525 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 628-2100

Lodging

Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill
525 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 628-2100

The NDIA room block deadline has passed.  The NDIA rate is no longer guaranteed at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill.  If you are still interested in making reservations, please call the hotel directly at (202) 628-2100 to inquire about current rates and availability.

Registration

Online Registration is now CLOSED!

Pre-registration closed on August 17, 2012 at 5:00pm, EST. However, onsite registration will be available at the Washington Court Hotel in the Grand Ballroom Foyer at the following times:

Monday, August 27, 2012: 7:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday, August 28, 2012: 7:00am-4:30pm

Download/Print/View the Registration Form and bring the completed form with you to the NDIA registration desk in the Grand Ballroom Foyer.

Registration Fees

 

Early

Regular

Late

 

(On/Before 07/20/12)

(07/21/12 - 8/17/12)

(After 08/17/12)

Government/Academia

$495

$545

$610

Industry NDIA Member

$595

$655

$735

Industry Non-NDIA Member

$670

$735

$830

 

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations on/before 8/17/12 receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations received after 8/17/12.  Cancellations must be made in writing.

Attendee Lists

Download/Print/View the Final Attendee List by Last Name

Download/Print/View the Final Attendee List by Organization

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

NDIA POC: Cindy Moore at cmoore@ndia.org or (703) 247-2540

 

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