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International Workshop on the Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention

Event

Starts:

April
042006

00:00

Ends:

September
062006

00:00

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

 

Workshop, co-hosted by the Royal Society, International Council for Science and the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP)

The workshop aimed to inform the delegates at the Sixth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) being held in Geneva in November 2006, by bringing together 84 leading international scientific and policy experts from 23 countries to discuss scientific and technological developments most relevant to the operation of the BTWC.
 
Both the report of the workshop and a key points statement are also available online. These summarise the presentations made at the workshop and the key points of the discussion sessions.

 

Schedule of talks

Session 1: Plenary overview

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Dual use research: scope, criteria and communication issues

Professor Paul Keim, Regents Professor of Biology and Cowden Endowed Chair in Microbiology, University of Northern Arizona

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The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention context

Mr Nichols Sims, Reader in International Relations, London School of Economies and Political Science

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Session 1: Post-Genomic Technologies

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Where knowledge is power: bioinformatics and destructive genes

Professor Winston Hide, Director, South African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of Western Cape, South Africa

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Paired End diTag (PET) DNA sequencing technology for the interrogation of the human genome and exploration of human associated microbial communities

Dr Yijun Ruan, Genome Institute of Singapore

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Proteomic technologies: state of the art and new advances

Dr Andrew Pitt, Director and Head of Proteomics, Sir Henry Wellcome Functional genomics Facility, University of Glasgow

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Genetic targeting: potential for targeting specific population groups

Professor Grant Gallagher, Director of Research for Biodefence, New Jersey Medical School, USA

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Session 1: Synthetic Biology

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Synthetic biology and biological security

Professor Drew Endy, Cabot Assistant Professor, MIT Biological Engineering

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Session 2: Immunological Research

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Defences under attack: the potential misuse of innate immunity

Professor Kathryn Nixdorff, Department of Microbiology and Genetics, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

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Manipulating acquired immunity through gene silencing

Dr Wei-Ping Min, Department of Surgery, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario, Canada

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Session 2: Drug Discovery and Delivery

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Novel biotechnology strategies to produce countermeasures against biological and chemical weapons

Professor Charles Arntzen, Regents Professor and Florence Ely nelson presidential Chair, Biodesign Institute, University of Arizona State, USA

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Pharmacogenetics, population diversity and admixture

Dr Guilherme Suarez-Kurtz, Head of Pharmacology, National Institute of Cancer, Brazil

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Targeted delivery of nucleic acids to tumours

Dr Manfred Ogris, Group Leader vectorology, Department of Pharmacy, Centre of Drug Research, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

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Session 2: Diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases

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Diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases with respect to incidents of bioterrorism

Dr Robert Swanepoel, Special Pathogens Unit, National Institute for Virology, South Africa

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Session 2: Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology

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Agricultural biotechnology: going beyond the farm

Dr Andrew Powell, CEO, Asia Biobusiness Pte, Ltd., Singapore

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Research activities at the Centre for Molecular Genetics

Professor Nuzhat Ahmad, Director, Centre for Molecular genetics, University of Karachi, Pakistan

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Developments and implications in the management of insect pest infestations in stored maize: a contribution to integrated pest management

Dr Costancia Rugumamu, department of Zoology and Wildlife Conservation, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Responsible stewardship: choices and challenges in preventing the malign use of the life sciences

Dr Brian Rappert, Department of Sociology, University of Exeter, UK

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Session 2: Responsible stewardship

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The dual use dilemma: developing an international culture of responsibly

Dr David Franz, Director, national Agricultural Biosecurity centre, Kansas State University, USA/ Vice President and Chief Biological Scientist, Midwest Research Institute, USA

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Responsible stewardship of life sciences research: what is our risk strategy

Dr Rainer Wessel, President and CEO, GANYMED Pharmaceuticals AG, Germany

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International Workshop on the Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention

Scientific discussion meeting organised by the Royal Society, International Council for Science and InterAcademy Panel on International Issues

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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