WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10, 2016 – Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, gave an overview of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) working paper on gain-of-function research at the Gain-of-Function Research Symposium, hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Dr. Stanley is chair of the NSABB, a federal advisory committee that addresses issues related to biosecurity and dual use research at the request of the United States Government. Dr. Stanley presented the overview with Harvey Fineberg, the Symposium Planning Committee Chair, and also responded to public comments and questions.
The public symposium, held March 10-11, is the Academies’ second meeting to provide a mechanism to engage the life sciences community and the broader public and solicit feedback on optimal approaches to ensure effective federal oversight of gain-of-function research as part of a broader U.S. government deliberative process.
The NSABB has up to 25 voting members with a broad range of expertise including molecular biology, microbiology, infectious diseases, biosafety, public health, veterinary medicine, plant health, national security, biodefense, law enforcement, scientific publishing, and other related fields.