Dual Use Research: H5N1 Influenza Virus and Beyond

The US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity recently recommended that Nature and Science ask the authors of highly controversial studies with the avian influenza virus, H5N1, to remove certain methodological details. This perceived censorship, which aimed to minimize the risk of these findings being misused by would-be bioterrorists, is unprecedented and has sparked heated controversy in the scientific community. A discussion between scientists, publishers and legal experts will explore the myriad issues surrounding the impending publication of these two studies and measures that will need to be undertaken to ensure the safety and security of future such research.


The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor
New York, NY 10007

February 2, 2012 - 6:00-8:00PM

Join us for a networking reception from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. This event is also available as a webinar.

Jennifer Henry, PhD
The New York Academy of Sciences

W. Ian Lipkin, MD
Center for Infection & Immunity, Columbia University

Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Member, NSABB

Laurie Garrett, PhD
Council on Foreign Relations

Barbara R. Jasny, PhD

Veronique Kiermer, PhD
Nature Publishing Group

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota; Member, NSABB

Peter Palese, PhD
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Vincent Racaniello, PhD
Columbia University

Alan S. Ruldolph, PhD
Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Co-sponsored by the Center for Infection and Immunity/Mailman School of Public Health
To register, please visit the New York Academy of Sciences' website.