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The Joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Homeland Security Conference on Real-World Applications and Solutions for Microbial Risk Assessment

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This conference will provide a forum to discuss real-world applications and proposed approaches to the methodological challenges in the search for improved methods to assess risk of exposure to biological agents after a deliberate, natural, or accidental contamination event. The overall objective is to provide enhanced tools and approaches to better identify the causative agent, assess degree of exposure and resultant health impacts, mitigate resultant consequences to the degree possible, and accomplish cost-effective cleanup and recovery.

Purpose of the Meeting:

  1. To facilitate collaboration and cooperation among scientists and policymakers from academia, private–sector organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other vested federal agencies, Department of Defense (DOD), states, local agencies, and stakeholders in efforts to advance the Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) field of study.

  2. To provide an opportunity for consortium members of CAMRA (EPA/DHS Sponsored University-based Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment) to present the results of their research.

  3. To assist EPA and DHS in identifying needed research, methods, or technologies important to addressing decisions and/or policy making issues associated with the assessment of the risk of exposure to biological contaminants of concern.
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