73rd Annual Meeting of the Council of
Sponsoring Institutions

ORAU's 73rd Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be focused on "Public Health Security and Biological Threats."

The meeting will focus on the issues related to preparedness for bioterrorism and other major public health threats.

Your participation will provide an opportunity for you and your colleagues to discuss key science and technology challenges and opportunities. Experts and leaders from academia and federal agencies will share their views on the effective strategies for continued progress in areas of national importance for global health security.

Registration is now open. Due to security requirements, registration for non-US Citizens closes on February 6, 2018 and registration for US Citizens closes on February 13, 2018. Due to space limitations, students are not permitted to attend the Annual Meeting.

March 6-8, 2018


2018 Annual Meeting Logo

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Doubletree Hotel

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.                 Registration – Hotel Lobby

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.                 Leveraging ORAU Membership Session – Salon C

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - Pollard Technology Conference Center

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.             Registration and Continental Breakfast – Pollard Lobby

                                       Networking Opportunity

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.             Opening Remarks

  • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU
  • Arlene Garrison, Vice President, University Partnerships 

8:40 – 8:45 a.m.             Introduction of Keynote Speaker

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.             Keynote Address

Pandemics, Bioterrorism, and Global Health Security: From Anthrax to Zika and Beyond, Col. (Ret.) David R. Franz, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command; Former Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases; Chair, National Academies of Sciences Committee for International Security and Arms Control

9:45 – 10:05 a.m.          Break

10:05 – 12:00     Panel Session 1: Bioinformatics

Purpose:   Application of Bioinformatics to Proactively Predict and Analyze Public Health Threats

Panel Speakers

Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness, Rebecca Katz, Co-Director, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University

New Model for Assessing Real-Time Risk of a Zika Virus Epidemic in the U.S., Lauren Ancel Meyers, Professor of Integrative Biology and Statistics and Data Science, University of Texas at Austin; and Lauren Castro, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

Food Safety Bioinformatics, Hendrik den Bakker, Assistant Professor, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia.
 

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.          Lunch – Pollard Lobby

                                       Networking Opportunity

1:15 – 3:05 p.m.             Panel Session 2: Cyber Biosecurity

Purpose: Explore the Interconnectivity of Bio- and Cybersecurity to Detect and Respond to Emerging Threats

Panel Speakers

Emerging Biological Technologies, Biodefense, and Preparedness for Biothreats, Diane DiEuliis, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University

Global Health and the Future Role of the United States, Lynda Chin, Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee; and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Director, Institute for Health Transformation, University of Texas System

Synthetic Biology: Safety, Security, and Promise, Gigi Kwik Gronvall, Senior Associate, Center for Health Security, School of Public Health; and Member, Synthetic Biology Study Committee, National Academy of Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

3:05 – 3:25 p.m.             Break 

3:25 – 4:45 p.m.             Business Meeting – Pollard Auditorium (all attendees invited)

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.             Reception – Doubletree Hotel, Oak Ridge Ballroom

                                       Networking Opportunity

6:15 – 7:00 p.m.             Dinner – Oak Ridge Ballroom           

Thursday, March 8, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.             Continental Breakfast

                                       Networking Opportunity

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.             Opening Remarks

  • Arlene Garrison, Ph.D., Vice President, University Partnerships

8:35 – 8:50 a.m.             Comments by Member Institution Representatives

8:50 – 8:55 a.m.             Introduction of Keynote Speaker

8:55 – 9:55 a.m.             Keynote Address

Addressing Pandemics and Biothreats in the 21st Century: DARPA’s Technology Platform for Rapid Threat Countermeasures, Col. Matthew Hepburn, Program Manager, Pandemic Prevention Platform, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

9:55 – 10:15 a.m.          Break

10:15 – 11:55 a.m.            Panel Session 3: Technological Innovations

Purpose:     Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Countermeasures

Panel Speakers

Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense: One Year Later, Rachel Levinson, Director, National Research Initiatives, Arizona State University

DTRA’s Biosurveillance Ecosystem: Accelerating Detect-Identify-Respond Capabilities, Richard Schoske, Chief, Diagnostic Detection and Threat Surveillance Division, Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Critical Science Gaps in the Cleanup of a Wide-Area Release of Biological Agents, Gregory Sayles, Director, National Homeland Security Research Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

11:55 – 12:00 p.m.        Wrap-up

  • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU

12:00 p.m.                      Adjourn

12:00 p.m.                      Box Lunches Available – Pollard Lobby

12:30 p.m.                      Bus departs from Pollard Auditorium for Knoxville’s McGhee-Tyson Airport

Annual Meeting Speakers

Listed below are the speakers for the 2018 Annual Meeting

Keynote Speakers

Col. (Ret.) David R. Franz, D.V.M., Ph.D.

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Former Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

 

Col. Matthew Hepburn

Program Manager, Pandemic Prevention Platform, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Panel Session 1: Bioinformatics

Purpose:   Application of Bioinformatics to Proactively Predict and Analyze Public Health Threats 

Rebecca Katz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, International Health and Co-Director, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University

Lauren Ancel Meyers, Ph.D.

Professor of Integrative Biology and Statistics and Data Science, University of Texas at Austin

Hendrik C. Den-Bakker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia

Panel Session 2: Cyber Biosecurity

Explore the Interconnectivity of Bio- and Cybersecurity to Detect and Respond to Emerging Threats

Diane DiEuliis, Ph.D.

Diane DiEuliis, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University

Lynda Chin, M.D.

Lynda Chin, M.D.

Vice Chancellor for Health Transformation, Director of the Institute for Health Transformation, and Chief Innovation Officer for Health Affairs, University of Texas System

Gigi Kwik Gronvall, Ph.D.

Senior Associate, Center for Health Security, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Panel Session 3: Technological Innovations

Purpose: Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Countermeasures

Rachel Levinson

Rachel Levinson

Director, National Research Initiatives, Arizona State University

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard Schoske

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard Schoske

Chief Diagnostics and Detection Division, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Gregory Sayles, Ph.D.

Director, National Homeland Security Research Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Contact

ORAU University Partnerships Office