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Webinar: Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community
August 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is hosting a webinar on August 10th highlighting findings and recommendations from their upcoming report on strengthening disaster resilience of the academic biomedical research community.
Thursday, August 10, 2017 2:00 pm Eastern
The United States has experienced and continues to face the threat of disasters, and, like all entities, the academic biomedical research community can be affected. Recent disasters, from hurricanes to cyber-attacks, and their consequences have shown that investments of the federal government and of the many other entities that sponsor academic research are not uniformly secure. First and foremost, events that damage biomedical laboratories and the institutions that house them can have enormous impacts on the safety and well-being of humans and research animals. Furthermore, disasters can affect career trajectories, scientific progress, and financial stability at the individual and institutional levels. Disasters can very directly influence investigators’ ability to meet grant goals and requirements, in turn influencing the metrics for and program outcomes of their sponsors. This should be a signal that the academic biomedical research community should begin discussing how to prepare for the worst, as the worst clearly can happen. Historically, the protection of research as a critical national resource and economic driver has been less of a priority than promoting the research itself. This webinar will highlight and discuss key recommendations and findings from the committee-developed report on strengthening the disaster resilience of the academic biomedical research community. Speakers include Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association.