Third Annual Oak Ridge National Laboratory Biosurveillance Symposium

08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Multiple speakers, multiple disciplines, government, private sector, and academia
ORNL Symposium
Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, 101 West Fayette Street, Baltimore
Email: John Doesburg

The National Strategy for Biosurveillance (Strategy) calls for "a coordinated approach that brings together Federal, state, local, and tribal governments; the private sector; nongovernmental organizations; and international partners" to enhance existing biosurveillance capabilities and, where necessary, develop new ones that provide decision makers and responders with the essential information they need to mitigate impacts of threats to health and associated economic, societal, and political consequences. The Strategy recognizes that a well-integrated national biosurveillance enterprise can saves lives by providing essential information for better decision making at all levels. The National Biosurveillance (BSV) Science and Technology (S&T) Roadmap, published in June 2013, identifies and prioritizes the R&D efforts needed to provide decision makers at all levels with the accurate and timely information needed to develop effective responses to incidents that threaten health. The R&D objectives in this Roadmap are designed to facilitate the accomplishment of the core functions and actions identified in the Strategy and Implementation Plan, respectively. Consistent with the Strategy and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-21 entitled Public Health and Medical Preparedness, this Roadmap focuses on S&T for anticipating significant health incidents involving naturally occurring, accidental, or manmade threats; rapidly and accurately identifying and characterizing incidents that occur; and effectively integrating, sharing, and analyzing the information available at each stage. Achieving the S&T objectives in this Roadmap will permit better decision making during an incident, resulting in improved mitigation, response, and recovery that may ultimately save lives and improve health. This symposium will address The National Strategy for Biosurveillance identified core functions which include

  • Aberration detection – Define and prioritize R&D needed to establish the baseline condition of the environment and/or human (including vulnerable subpopulations), animal, or plant populations that is sufficiently robust to permit rapid identification of aberrant incidents to drive preparedness and timely, focused investigation.
  • Risk anticipation – Define and prioritize R&D needed to identify antecedent conditions and characterize complex interactions that permit prediction of an impending natural or intentional incident and to forecast impacts from such incidents.
  • Threat identification and characterization – Define and prioritize R&D needed to ensure exposures and health threats are identified rapidly and accurately and can be sufficiently characterized to provide needed information to decision makers, including responders and healthcare providers.
  • Information integration, analysis, and sharing – Define and prioritize R&D needed to enable improved integration, sharing, and analysis of BSV data in near real-time and in a format that provides essential information to decision makers, including responders and healthcare providers.

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