Research Festival 2002, October 15-18
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Plenary Session I Natcher Conference Center
Wednesday, October 16
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks Main Auditorium
Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Director of NIH
Biodefense: A New NIH Mission Main Auditorium
Chaired by Thomas J. Kindt, NIAID

Recent events in the country have given a new mandate to the NIH. The three presentations will:

1) highlight the past year's progress in the development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics to combat agents of potential bioterrorism;

2) discuss the human reactions to the type of stress induced by bioterrorism; and

3) delineate the role of the FDA in bringing to the public vaccines to combat fears and reduce the potential harm of deliberately-introduced infectious agents.

Thomas J. Kindt, NIAID Introduction
Anthony Fauci, NIAID Progress and Challenges in Biodefense Research
Dennis Charney, NIMH Coping with Stress and Anxiety in Uncertain Times
Karen Elkins, CBER, FDA Vaccination as a Biodefense Strategy: Risks, Benefits, and Lots of Challenges

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