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New biodefense panel formed to advise HHS
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is establishing a public health advisory panel concerned with chemical, biological, nuclear, or radiological agents. The National Biodefense Science Board will give the HHS guidance on preventing, preparing for, and responding to release of such agents, whether they are naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate.
The board, which was authorized by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, will advise HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt about trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field. At the secretary's request, it also will provide recommendations for research and development. "This new advisory board will add a wide range of expertise and viewpoints from outside of government to help inform HHS decision-making processes," he said.
Board members are yet to be selected. There will be 13 members, appointed by the secretary, from among leading experts in science, public health, and medicine.The secretary also will appoint federal officials to support the board's functions.
To submit a resume or curriculum vitae for consideration to be a board member, e-mail nbsb firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, contact Dr. Susan Cibulsky at (202) 260-7000 or e-mail email@example.com. The board's charter and additional information can be found on-line at www.hhs.gov/aspr/omsph/nbsb.