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 24, 2016.
Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Eastern.
Agenda: (1) Finalization of NSABB findings and recommendations
on a conceptual approach to evaluating proposed gain-of-function
(GOF) studies; (2) discussion of next steps for U.S. government
policy development regarding GOF studies; and (3) other business of
Place: National Institutes of Health, Wilson Hall, 3rd Floor,
Bldg. 1, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.
Contact Person: Christopher Viggiani, Ph.D., Executive Director,
NSABB, NIH Office of Science Policy, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite
750, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, (301) 496-9838, email@example.com.
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
NSABB is currently charged with providing formal recommendations to
the United States Government on a conceptual approach for the
evaluation of proposed gain-of-function studies.
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 via the link provided below or by
calling Palladian Partners, Inc. (Contact: Ida Donner or Carly
Sullivan at 301-273-2817). Online and telephone registration will
close at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on May 18, 2016. 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 upon registration on or prior to May 18.
Meeting materials: The meeting agenda 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. NSABB findings and draft
recommendations will be posted prior to the meeting. Please check
this Web site for updates.
Public Comments: Time will be allotted on the agenda for the
presentation of public comments. Members of the public interested in
presenting prepared comments relevant to the mission of the NSABB
should indicate so upon registration. Sign-up for delivering
prepared oral comments will be limited to one per person or
organization representative per open comment period. Individual
presentations will be time-limited to facilitate broad participation
from multiple speakers. Participants viewing the meeting by webcast
may submit questions and comments during the meeting via email sent
to firstname.lastname@example.org. While time constraints and the volume of
questions may not allow for all questions and comments submitted via
email to be aired during the meeting, all relevant correspondence
received will be relayed to the Board. Emailed correspondence should
include the name, contact information, and when applicable,
professional affiliation of the sender.
In addition, interested persons may file written comments at any
time with the Board via an email sent to email@example.com or by
regular mail sent to the Contact Person listed on this notice.
Written statements should include the name, contact information, and
when applicable, the professional affiliation of the interested
person. Written comments received by 10:00 a.m. Eastern on May 20,
2016, will be relayed to the Board prior to the NSABB meeting. Any
written comments received after this 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
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
their visit. Please visit the NIH Visitor Security page for
important security and campus access information.