CISAC seeks to cultivate future leaders in biosecurity

Megan Palmer
Megan Palmer

Biosecurity leaders gathered at Stanford recently to participate in “Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity,” sponsored by the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) with the UPMC Center for Health Security.

Biosecurity and its relationship to global health is a key issue for CISAC. With rapid advances in technology and science, biosecurity is increasingly focused on how harmful biological agents could become national security threats and risks.

The conference included talks on threat awareness, biodetection, a “viral storm” exercise, bioengineering research, computational biology and national security. It was part of a program that is designed to deepen the expertise of future biosecurity leaders and help them build professional networks.

“Stanford’s biosecurity programs are focused on developing strategies for biosecurity in a changing world,” said MEGAN PALMER, CISAC senior research scholar and conference organizer. “Today we face complex biosecurity challenges ranging from emerging infectious diseases, intentional misuse of biotechnology, and potential accidents and unintentional consequences of our increasing ability to manipulate living systems.”

Stanford participants included CISAC’s WILLIAM PERRY, former secretary of defense; DREW ENDY, associate professor of bioengineering; TIM STEARNS, professor of genetics; MILANA TROUNCE, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine; and MANU PRAKASH, assistant professor of bioengineering.

Learn more on the CISAC site.