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Ensuring National Biosecurity


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Professional reference illuminating the current state of Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) for life scientists

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1. Laboratory Biosecurity in the United States: Evolution and Regulation 2. U.S. Federal Oversight of Biological Materials and the IBC 3. Challenges With Biocontainment Facilities - Building, Maintaining and Testing 4. Challenges Faced by Senior Administration of Academic Institutions 5. Overcoming Regulatory Gaps in Biological Materials Oversight by Enhancing IBC Protocol Review 6. Dual Use Research 7. Emerging Technologies and Bio-Threats 8. Animal Biosafety 9. Crop Security: Current Priorities and Perspectives in Public Sector Institutional Review 10. Select Agent Program Impact on the IBC 11. Biosecurity Challenges for the IBC: An exploration of the roles and responsibilities of Institutional Biosafety Committees in the age of terrorism and biosecurity, now and for the future 12. IBCs - A Cornerstone of Public Trust in Research 13. Strengthening the Role of the IBC in the 21st Century

About the Author

After her veterinary training in North Carolina, Carole R. Baskin, DVM, MSc, CPIA completed a Master's Of Science in Physiology & Immunology of the Ohio State University under the mentorship of Kenneth W Hinchcliff, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM, and now Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne. She went on to a residency in comparative medicine at the University of Washington and did a concurrent post-doc in the laboratory of Michael G. Kate, Ph.D., with a focus on virology and animal models of infectious diseases, including non-human primate models of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and the 1918 pandemic flu. This experience fostered her growing interest and expertise in research compliance and regulations. After an assistant professorship at the Biodesign Institute in Arizona and a Directorship of Scientific Programs at Science Foundation Arizona, she is now Associate Professor at the Institute for Biosecurity of Saint Louis University.


"This book is recommended for everyone working in biosecurity and biosafety positions. It should be in bioresearch libraries, and managers should promote it as required reading. The book is that good." --Security Management "Specialized topics like animal and crop biosafety are practitioners in the field will learn about the evolution of biosecurity measures from a variety of wise contributors." --Security Letter, Ensuring National Biosecurity

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