National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) Meeting

May 24, 2016 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
National Institutes of Health
Wilson Hall, 3rd Floor, Bldg. 1
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892

A draft agenda, NSABB working group findings and draft recommendations, and links to the online registration and webcast can be found below. Please check this website regularly for updates.



Agenda items include: (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 the Board.


Meeting Pre-registration

This meeting is open to the public. There is no registration fee. Attendees and online viewers may pre-register online at, 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.



This meeting will be webcast. Click here to access the webcast when the meeting is live.


Public Comment

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  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 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 policies.


Directions to the NIH

Please visit the NIH Visitor Information page for directions to the NIH and a printable map of the NIH Bethesda campus.


Security Information

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.


Additional questions, please contact:

Christopher Viggiani, Ph.D.

Executive Director, NSABB

NIH Office of Science Policy

6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750

Bethesda, Maryland 20892

(301) 496-9838



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