April 01 Apr 01
2015
04:15 PM - 5:05 PM
Wednesday Wed

Managing Challenges to Biological Security

Strategies to Prevent Biological Threats and Enhance Biosafety

Dr. Anderson will discuss his experience in working for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) where he was tasked with biological safety assessments at research and production facilities in the former Soviet Union (FSU) as well as biological safety and laboratory training for BSL-2/BSL-3 laboratories there.  This work also included being responsible for the set-up and operation of a number of BSL-2 laboratories.  Dr. Anderson participated in the laboratory oversight of Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) funded research projects at a number of high containment laboratories in Russia, which also included facility upgrades and training personnel to meet the US Animal Welfare regulations and US Department of Defense requirements for care and use of animals in biological research as well as biosafety.  Dr. Anderson has been a safety consultant on the dismantlement of former biological agent production facilities in the United States and in the FSU.  Dr. is a Registered Biological Safety Professional with the American Biological Safety Association and is  the current Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Select Agent Manager at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He will provide scientific perspective and insight into BioSafety issues and how these issues affect national and international BioSecurity.

The WMD Commission has written extensively of the global risk of a biological attack. However, the strategies for limiting the use of biological weapons must take a fundamentally different approach than has been used for nuclear weapons. Implementation challenges of existing and new strategies, issues related to dual-use research will be discussed. 

Location

Li Ka Shing Learning & Knowledge Center (LKSC)
291 Campus Dr.
Palo Alto, CA 94305
USA

Loading Map...

Li Ka Shing Learning & Knowledge Center (LKSC)

291 Campus Dr.
Palo Alto CA, 94305
Get Directions

Speaker

George Anderson, PhD. Lawrence Livermore National Labs

George W. Anderson, Jr., PhD, RBP: George W. Anderson, Jr. received his BS and MS degrees in biology from the Florida Institute of Technology and his doctorate in immunology from the Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Anderson’s research experience includes work with rickettsia, hemorrhagic fever viruses and bacterial agents in high containment laboratories.  Dr. Anderson’s research interests include animal models for infectious diseases, pathogenesis, and vaccine development and testing.  Dr. Anderson was responsible for the set-up and commissioning of a Biosafety Level (BSL) 3/Animal Biosafety Level (ABSL) 3 laboratory in the United States that operated under the Good Laboratory Practices to meet Federal Drug Administration (FDA) requirements.  Dr. Anderson has training and experience in Good Manufacturing Practices as well as Good Clinical Practices.  Dr. Anderson has been an associate investigator on clinical protocols as well as the principal investigator on numerous animal protocols. 

Dr. Anderson has been engaged in biological safety assessments at research and production facilities in the former Soviet Union (FSU) as well as biological safety and laboratory training for BSL-2/BSL-3 laboratories in the FSU for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).  This work also included responsible for the set-up and operation of a number of BSL-2 laboratories.  Dr. Anderson participated in the laboratory oversight of Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) funded research projects at a number of high containment laboratories in Russia, which also included facility upgrades and training personnel to meet the US Animal Welfare regulations and US Department of Defense requirements for care and use of animals in biological research as well as biosafety.  Dr. Anderson has been a safety consultant on the dismantlement of former biological agent production facilities in the United States and in the FSU.  Dr. Anderson is a retired Medical Service Corps officer, U.S. Army and is a Registered Biological Safety Professional with the American Biological Safety Association.  He is the current Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Select Agent Manager at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.