Gain of Function: experimental applications relating to potentially pandemic pathogens#

EASAC - European Academies' Science Advisory Council #

Palace of the Academies, Brussels#

21 October, 2015 12:00-14:30#

A discussion on modification of the influenza virus and recent related research, including risk-benefit analysis, considerations of scientific responsibility, research review and management systems, biosafety and biosecurity advisory bodies, publication of sensitive information, and public engagement.

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  • 12:00 Sandwich lunch available
  • 12:30 Introduction to EASAC and the study (Professor Volker ter Meulen, Chair of the EASAC working group on Gain of Function and Past President of EASAC)
  • 12:40 Key messages from the EASAC study (Professor Sir John Skehel, Francis Crick Institute, UK)
  • 13:00 Response to the EASAC study from the European Commission (Dr Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Health Directorate, DG Research and Innovation)
  • 13:20 Commentary from a US perspective (Professor Ronald Atlas, University of Louisville)
  • 13:40 Panel Discussion:
    (moderated by Professor Volker ter Meulen)
  • Professor Simon Wain-Hobson (Institut Pasteur)
  • Professor André Knotternus (WRR - Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy)
  • Dr. Mike Skinner (Imperial College London)
  • Professor Mike Catchpole (ECDC - European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)
  • 14:00 Open discussion with audience
  • 14:30 Close of event and coffee


Palace of the Academies
1 Hertogsstraat
Brussels, 1000

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