Summary of the NIAID Expert Panel Review on Medical Chemical Defense Research   [open pdf - 67KB]

"The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is actively assessing relevant opportunities to exploit medical breakthroughs and focus its efforts on the development of new and effective countermeasures for all subsets of the U.S. population. On behalf of the NIH, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) convened a special meeting of experts on March 19, 2003, in Bethesda, Maryland, to review ongoing research efforts in the development of medical countermeasures for chemical threats. The purpose of the meeting was to (1) provide NIAID with an overview of current medical research in chemical defense; (2) identify gaps in scientific knowledge critical to the development of medical products against chemical threats to protect the civilian population; and (3) explore ways in which NIAID/NIH could assist or support efforts in the area of medical research for chemical defense. The meeting included representatives of academia, the chemical industry, poison control centers, private and governmental research institutions, the Office of Homeland Security (The White House), the Society of Toxicology, the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. The results of this meeting will be used by the NIH Biodefense Research Coordinating Committee, as efforts across NIH are coordinated."

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