• The Perils of Science to Create Pathogens: Controlling Biosafety and Biosecurity Threats

    2018-19: Consumer-Driven and DIY Science: Promise & Peril

  • Featuring

    • Michael Imperiale, PhD

      Associate Vice President for Research, Research Policy and Compliance

      University of Michigan
    • Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH

      Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
      Regents Professor
      McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health
      Distinguished Teaching Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
      Professor, Technological Leadership Institute
      Adjunct Professor, Medical School

      University of Minnesota
    • Amy Kircher, DrPH

      Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute
      Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

      University of Minnesota


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  • When

    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    11:30 am to 1:00 pm


    Coffman Memorial Union Mississippi Room

    300 Washington Ave SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

Advances in the field of biotechnology are providing tremendous promise with respect to new ways to combat disease, produce useful chemicals, and remediate environmental damage, to name a few applications. However, the same capabilities are becoming increasingly accessible to actors wishing to do harm to humans, animals, plants, and the environment. Prof. Imperiale will discuss the results of a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) study that provides a framework for assessing vulnerabilities that are posed by emerging biotechnologies, and the use of that framework to assess concerns related to a set of synthetic biology-enabled capabilities.

Michael Imperiale, PhD, is Associate Vice President for Research, Research Policy and Compliance at the University of Michigan. Imperiale leads the development and review of research policy, and serves as the key point of contact for research compliance. Imperiale is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and also oversees issues surrounding responsible conduct of research and serves as the institutional Research Integrity Officer. 


This is a free lecture and webcast. Registration is requested.

CLE Credits

1.5 Standard CLE credits have been requested; Event Code #265319


Beverages provided; please bring a brown-bag lunch.

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Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences
(612) 625-0055

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University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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