Schedule of Events

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73rd Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions
March 6-8, 2018
Pollard Technology Conference Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Public Health Security and Biological Threats

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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


  • To educate new councilors on their role
  • Refresh existing councilors about opportunities and value of membership
  • Facilitate more discussion around collaboration and research agendas
  • Address any questions/pain points

 4:30 p.m.                 Welcome

                                 Cathy Fore, Senior University Partnerships Specialist, University Partnerships Office

4:35 p.m.                 ORAU and ORISE Videos –

                               New Councilor Video –

  • Overview of the Councilor’s Roles and Responsibilities

 4:45 p.m.              Scope of Opportunities for Our Members

  • UPO Webpage on ORAU Website
  • Councilor ListServ Announcements
  • Member Reports
  • Value Through Partnerships SharePoint Site
  • Zintellect

5:00 p.m.              Annual Meeting Discussion

  • What’s going to be happening
  • Table Topics/SMEs

5:05 p.m.              Example Successful Collaborations and Benefits of Membership

5:10 p.m.              General Q&A

5:28 p.m.              Closing Remarks

                            Cathy Fore

5:30 p.m.              Adjourn


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

Moderator:  Alan Janssen, Group Manager; Health, Energy and Environment, ORAU

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

Moderator:  Carol Iddins, Associate Director, Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site, ORAU

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

Moderator:  Eric Abelquist, Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer, ORAU

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


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