Open meeting: National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity

The next meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) will take place from Jan. 7– 8 at the National Institutes of Health (Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor Conference Room 6) in Bethesda, Md.

The following items are on the agenda:

  • Preliminary findings of the NSABB Working Group on Evaluating the Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function (GOF) Studies
  • Results of the draft risk and benefit assessments of GOF studies involving pathogens with pandemic potential
  • Ethical and policy issues relevant to the conduct and oversight of GOF studies
  • Other business of the Board

The meeting is open to the public and all those interested are encouraged to attend.  The agenda, registration information and other meeting material will be posted to the NSABB meeting web page as they become available.  Please monitor the site for updates.  The meeting will also be webcast and viewable at while the meeting is in session.

Time will be allotted on the agenda to hear oral public comments and for public participation in the days’ discussions.  Participants viewing the meeting by webcast may submit questions and comments during the meeting via email sent to  Interested individuals may also file written comments with the NSABB at any time via  Written comments received by 5 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 31 will be relayed to the board prior to the NSABB meeting.  Comments received after the deadline will be provided to the board either before or after the meeting, depending on the volume of comments received and the time required to process them in accordance with privacy regulations and other applicable federal policies.

For more information, please contact Christopher Viggiani, NIH Office of Science Policy, by email at or by telephone at 301-496-9838

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