DTRA biological and chemical defense conference to be held in November

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA) 2014 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology (CBD S&T) Conference will be held from Nov. 17-21 in St. Louis, Mo.

The event will feature keynote, oral and poster presentations on foundational research in the chemical and biological defense field.

Special areas of increased focus this year will include disease surveillance, characterization and point-of-need diagnostics, as well as adaptive medical therapeutics and technologies. Rapid response and recovery science technology will also be featured, along with threat activity sensing and reporting.

This year's CBD S&T Conference is also providing 20 scholarships for students to present their research. The scholarships cover transportation, housing and food for the students at the event.

Registration for the 2014 CBD S&T Conference is currently open.

The 2011 CBD S&T Conference had 1,700 attendees, approximately 200 presentations and more than 700 posters. Six keynote speakers were also featured. The event also provided networking opportunities to professionals in the biological and chemical defense field.

DTRA is the U.S. Department of Defense's combat support arm for the countering of weapons of mass destruction through basic research and development, operational support to U.S. forces and an in-house WMD think thank. The agency was founded in 1998.