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An Introduction to the Field of Biosecurity

And an Overview of the Major Issues

Dr. Milana Trounce sets the stage for the issues in biosecurity: What is biosecurity? Why do biosecurity concerns pose a grave danger to our nation and the world? What is the interdisciplinary and global nature of biosecurity?

Additionally, Dr. Trounce covers the threat and capabilities of bioweapons, as well as a historical overivew of the former US and Russian bioweapons programs, and the lessons learned.

Other topics include: the impact of synthetic biology and current state of biological sciences in biosecurity; bioterrorism threat; current biosecurity concerns facing the Obama administration and new relevant policies and programs; Ebola outbreak as a case study on pandemic and bioterrorism response; medical aspects of biosecurity.


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Milana Trounce, MD MBA, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, Stanford Emergency Room

Milana Boukhman, MD MBA FACEP is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, at Stanford Medical School. She grew up in the former USSR where she was a professional ballerina. She graduated from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and went on to completing her emergency medicine training at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency/BI Deaconess Hospital before joining the faculty there. She completed a Disaster Medicine and Bioterrorism Fellowship at Harvard and runs a Harvard CME course titled  "Responding to Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons" as the CME director. While in Boston, she was on staff at the CIMIT-Russia program at CIMIT, the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, which is a consortium of physicians from the Harvard teaching hospitals with scientists and engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. In conjunction with CIMIT and with the US State Department she has worked on projects involving redirection of the former Russian bioweapons scientists towards more peaceful goals such as developing collaborations with their American counterparts to produce vaccines for dangerous pathogens/ technology transfer, as well as other projects.  This experience was one of the inspirations for going back to school and getting her MBA at Stanford. Prior to Stanford she was an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Caliofornia San Francisco and where was a Medical Director for Disaster Response. She is a spokeswoman for the American College of Emergency Physicians.