Dr. Paul Duprex Presents at The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity

Original Video from: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB)

October 22, 2014

The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) is a federal advisory committee that addresses issues related to biosecurity and dual use research of concern (DURC) at the request of the United States Government. 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. The NSABB also includes non-voting ex officio members from 15 federal agencies and departments.
Paul Duprex, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Director of Cell and Tissue Imaging at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Institute (NEIDL), presented a talk entitled ,“Gain-of-function” studies … their history, their utility and what they can tell us” at the request of NSABB on Wednesday October 22, 2014 in Washington D.C.  In his presentation he argues that cross-species infection studies have already helped to improve surveillance in the field, have shed new light on basic influenza virus biology and could assist in growing vaccine viruses better.

As a founding member of Scientists for Science www.scientistsforscience.org a group who “are confident that biomedical research on potentially dangerous pathogens can be performed safely and is essential for a comprehensive understanding of microbial disease pathogenesis, prevention and treatment” and as NEIDL investigator, he emphasized that virologists are responsible scientists who appreciate good communication and transparency is critical.

Dr. Duprex’s presentation begins at 68:00