Strategies for Cost-Effective and Flexible Biodetection Systems that Ensure Timely and Accurate Information for Public Health Officials: A Workshop

Type: Stand Alone Workshop
Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Environmental Health, Public Health
Boards: Board on Health Sciences Policy, Board on Life Sciences

Activity Description

This workshop will explore alternative cost-effective systems that would meet requirements for BioWatch as an automated detection system for aerosolized agents. Systems identified need to be capable of being deployed by the Department of Homeland Security by 2018 and enable day-to-day environmental surveillance that would be of value to the public health and medical community. Specifically the committee will develop the agenda for the workshop and identify and invite speakers and discussants to address the following questions:

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of alternative cost-effective, flexible, and accurate surveillance systems that could be deployed to ensure that an environmental biothreat is detected as soon as possible, generates a confirmatory response that is acceptable to the CDC and State/Local Public Health Officials, and thus optimizes the amount of time available for making the decision to deploy an available medical countermeasure?
  2. What specifications of a system would need to be designed and deployed to enable detection of day-to-day functionality and value to the medical and public health communities to detect common threats (e.g. novel or known viruses, harmful volatile gases, etc), as well as threat agents identified by through intelligence assessments?
  3. What is the current state of technology of biodetection systems using mass spectroscopy, and will the technology be advanced enough by 2018 that it could serve as an alternative to the currently planned polymerase chain reaction-based system?

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