Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as
amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the meeting of the
National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB).
Name of Committee: National Science Advisory Board for
Date: May 5, 2015.
Time: 8:30 a.m.--3:30 p.m. Eastern.
Agenda: Presentations and discussions regarding: (1) NSABB's
proposed framework for guiding risk and benefit assessments of gain-
of-function (GOF) studies involving pathogens with pandemic
potential; (2) overview of conducting the risk and benefit
assessments; (3) planning for future NSABB deliberations on the GOF
issue; and (4) other business of the Board.
Place: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike,
Building 31, 6th Floor Conference 10, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.
Contact Person: Carolyn Mosby, NSABB Program Assistant, NIH
Office of Biotechnology Activities, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750,
Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 435-5504, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under authority 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health
Service Act, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services
established the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity
(NSABB) to provide advice regarding federal oversight of dual use
research, defined as legitimate biological research that generates information and
technologies that could be misused to pose a biological threat to
public health and/or national security.
The meeting will be open to the public and will also be webcast
as space will be limited. Persons planning to attend or view via the
webcast may pre-register online using the link provided below or by
calling Palladian Partners, Inc. (Contact: Monica Barnette at 301-
650-8660). Online and telephone registration will close at 12:00
p.m. Eastern on May 4, 2015. After that time, attendees may register
onsite on the day of the meeting. Individuals who plan to attend and
need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or
other reasonable accommodations, should indicate these requirements
Please Note: The meeting agenda, proposed draft framework, and
links to the online registration and webcast will be available at:
http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosecurity/nsabb/nsabb-meetings-and-conferences. Please check this Web site for updates.
Public Comments: Time will be allotted on the agenda for oral
public comment, with individual presentations time-limited to
facilitate broad input from multiple speakers. Any member of the
public interested in presenting comments relevant to the mission of
the NSABB should indicate so upon registration. Sign-ups for oral
comments will be restricted to one per person or organization
representative per comment period. In the event that time does not
allow for all attendees interested in presenting oral comments to do
so at the meeting, any interested person may file written comments
with the Board via an email sent to email@example.com or by regular mail sent to the Contact Person listed on this notice. In addition,
any interested person may submit written comments to the NSABB at
any time via either of these methods. Comments received by 5:00 p.m.
Eastern on April 28, 2015 will be relayed to the Board prior to the
NSABB meeting. Written statements should include the name, address,
telephone number and when applicable, the professional affiliation
of the interested person. Any written 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.
Please Note: In the interest of security, NIH has instituted
stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor
vehicles, including taxis, hotel, and airport shuttles will be
inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to
show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued
photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of