Encouraging Congressional Action on Dual-Use Bioscience Research of Concern

  • 12 pm - 1 pm EDT
  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

Rapid advances in modern bioscience and biotechnology hold the promise of a future that is more resilient to disease, food insecurity, and environmental instability and that also fosters a thriving U.S. bio-economy. However, these advances may increase the chances of a deliberate or accidental event with national and global consequences. Congress and others must act on dual-use research of concern to ensure a safer future.  Join NTI’s Global Biological Policy and Programs (NTI | bio) for the lunchtime event: “Encouraging Congressional action on dual-use bioscience research of concern,” featuring Dr. Gerald “Gerry” Parker and Dr. Sarah R. Carter.

The discussion will focus on issues related to emerging bioscience and biotechnology, such as the need to mitigate the risks of dual-use research with dangerous pathogens without stifling innovation, and the biosecurity risks posed by artificial intelligence enabled bio-design tools. NTI | bio Senior Director and former Congressional staffer Dr. Nathan A. Paxton will moderate the discussion.

The Nuclear Threat Initiative is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, global security organization focused on reducing nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity. 

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Dr. Gerald “Gerry” Parker

Texas A&M Associate Dean and National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity Chair

Sarah R. Carter

Principal, Science Policy Consulting, LLC


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