National Biodefense Science Board adds board members

The National Biodefense Science Board has added six new experts from outside the federal government to aid in providing advice and guidance on preparing for, responding to and preventing adverse health effects from public health emergencies, including those from a bioattack.

The new members will advise the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response. They replace members whose three year terms expired at the end of 2010.

“I want to thank everyone who has served on the NBSB over the past three years," Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nicole Lurie said. "Their broad range of perspectives and experiences have proved invaluable in helping us shape federal policies and practices in disaster preparedness and response. I am excited to work with the new members and look forward to their advice as we forge ahead in helping communities across the country become more resilient to all hazards.”

Lurie is the secretary of HHS' principal advisor on bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. She is tasked with coordinating the federal public health and medical response to disasters.

Created in 2006 and chartered in May 2007, the National Biodefense Science Board was created under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act. Since its inception, the board has provided recommendation on such issues as if the government should encourage the stockpiling of antibiotics at home for use following a bioterrorism attack.

The board has 13 voting members, as well as non-voting members from federal and state government agencies.