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Researchers, students invited to biosecurity forum

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(July 25, 2008)--The Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness will host the Texas Forum for Select Agent Research with discussion of Texas initiatives and perspectives on emerging diseases and best practices for working with select agents and toxins. The forum is August 7-8 at the Texas Research Park, 15355 Lambda Drive.

The $75 registration fee includes course materials, parking, Aug. 7 luncheon, and Aug. 8 breakfast, lunch and snacks. Scholarships are available to college students to cover the registration fee.

Topics at the forum will include best practices for working with select agents and toxins, institutional guidelines and responsibilities: lessons learned from Tropical Storm Allison, academic initiatives in select agent basic research, and practical challenges to select agent research.

The forum is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7 and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8. Thursday afternoon is open to allow participants to attend a public meeting on a proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). San Antonio has three of 17 prospective sites for a $500 million NBAF, which would serve as a federal center for research in bio-terrorism and battling diseases.

For more information and to download a registration form, visit the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research Web site.

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