Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Partner with Knowledge Foundation for Biosurveillance Symposium in Washington, DC on June 27th, 2012

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ORNL and Knowledge Foundation to bring together leading organizations from around the world for the Biosurveillance Symposium and Biodetection Technologies 2012 conference in Washington, DC from June 27-29, 2012

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The Knowledge Foundation is partnering with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to bring together leading experts for the Biosurveillance Symposium and Biodetection Technologies 2012.

The Biosurveillance Symposium will be held in conjunction with the 20th annual Biodetection Technologies 2012 Conference in Washington, DC, taking place June 27th -29th 2012.

The Biosurveillance Symposium will bring together the biosurveillance community to begin a process of addressing the many shortfalls and requirements for biosurveillance. The community will seek to reach agreement, or consensus, on a national biosurveillance strategy which includes agency roles and responsibilities, standards, and required investments in technology and infrastructure. The scope of symposium will include and its discussions will address the following areas (not limited to):

  •     Inadequacy of state and local biosurveillance programs
  •     Interoperability between public health and healthcare institutions (will require investment)
  •     Interoperability between the many existing and future biosurveillance systems
  •     Must reach community consensus on the data and information that is important
  •     Must reach community consensus on what constitutes “actionable” Biosurveillance information
  •     How to educate decision makers (decisions will have to be made with “less than perfect” information).
  •     Define agency roles and responsibilities for biosurveillance as it relates to human, animal, food and environmental surveillance.
  •     Must create an integrated - local to state to federal – national biosurveillance strategy
  •     Establish a biosurveillance enterprise
  •     Must identify and include all stakeholders
  •     Must guide systemic identification of risk
  •     Identify resources needed to eliminate or mitigate risks
  •     Funding strategy

Distinguished Speakers

  •     Richard Stouder, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
  •     Robert Cottingham, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
  •     Alina Deshpande, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  •     Karen Cheng, Applied Research Associates
  •     Harshini Mukundan, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
  •     Robert Hooks, CBRNE Technologies, TASC
  •     Cos DiMaggio, The Tauri Group, LLC
  •     James Wilson, Ascel Bio, LLC
  •     Tim Stephens, National Sheriffs Association
  •     David Potenziani, NCB Prepared, University of North Carolina
  •     Richard Ohlsen, Brookhaven National Laboratory

About ORNL
ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.

About The Knowledge Foundation
The Knowledge Foundation integrates scientific ingenuity and real-world applications by fostering collaborative research at the rapidly changing intersection of science and business. Known for providing members of its Technology Commercialization Alliance with direct and unbiased state-of-the-art scientific information, the Knowledge Foundation is uniquely qualified to provide wider exposure for important developments in the emerging fields of alternative energy, nanotechnology, and chemical & biological detection technologies.

The Knowledge Foundation
2193 Commonwealth Ave, Suite 398
Boston, MA 02135-3853
Phone: (617) 232-7400
Fax: (617) 232-9171
Email: custserv(at)knowledgefoundation(dot)com
Website: http://www.knowledgefoundation.com

Media Contact:
Matt DiCecca
Conference Marketer
(617) 232-7400 ext. 203
Email: mdicecca(at)knowledgefoundation(dot)com

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