Monitoring USG action on readiness and response
Published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Editors: Diane Meyer, RN, MPH; Lane Warmbrod, MS, MPH & Amanda Kobokovich, MPH
June 4, 2019
Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness
NEWS RELEASE
HHS Seeks to Expand its Network Innovation Accelerators into More States.  Accelerators will speed development of innovative medical products to combat national security threats.Funding is available from the US Department of Health and Human Services for organizations to provide specific biotechnology innovators with the technical and entrepreneurial support needed to accelerate development of their products.   (PHE, 5/29/2019)
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USDA Proposes to Consolidate Regulations for Laboratory Testing.  The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is taking steps to make it easier for animal diagnostic laboratories to carry out vital livestock disease testing on behalf of the agency. USDA is proposing to update its regulations that outline how the agency approves laboratories to conduct official testing for animal diseases, as well as how they can remain approved (USDA, 5/29/2019)
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Can Predictive Analytics Drive Implementation Research to Improve Population Health?  To date, research investments have yielded many highly effective health interventions for disease prevention and treatment. Examples include smoking cessation, lipid and blood pressure control as well as diet and physical activity interventions. Yet, many interventions are not being optimally delivered to have public health impact. Implementation research can provide a means to determine optimal and sustainable strategies to deliver health interventions.   (CDC, 5/28/2019)
Homeland Security & Disaster Preparedness
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FEMA to Hold Earthquake Response Exercise in Multi-State Region. A multi-state operational exercise on how to respond to a 7.7 magnitude earthquake near Memphis will feature the participation of federal, local and international authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).   (Homeland Preparedness News, 5/31/2019)
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FDA Puts Company on Notice for Marketing Unapproved Stem Cell Products for Treating Serious Conditions.  The US Food and Drug Administration has sent an untitled letter to R3 Stem Cell, LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona, and its chief executive officer, David Greene, M.D. The company, through its affiliated centers or clinics throughout the US, offers unapproved stem cell products to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, such as Lyme disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, kidney failure and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The products offered by R3 Stem Cell, LLC are not approved by the FDA.   (FDA, 5/30/2019)
NEWS RELEASE
Hurricane Season is Here.  Eight hurricanes and seven other named storms formed in the Atlantic Ocean last year, raining destruction on some Southeastern communities and threatening many more. This year’s Hurricane season begins this Saturday, June 1, and runs through November. If you’re not prepared for the next round of tropical storms to approach Texas, now is the time to get ready.   (FEMA, 5/30/2019)
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Boots on the Ground: Strengthening Peacekeeping through the US Global Peace Operations Initiative.  Peacekeeping missions are a critical tool for promoting peace and reconciliation in some of the world’s most troubled countries. Today, more than 113,000 UN personnel from 124 countries serve in peacekeeping roles in 14 missions around the world -- in Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Europe.  (DoS, 5/29/2019)
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NIST Study Identifies Chemical Blends as Possible Alternative Refrigerants.  More than a dozen chemical blends could serve as alternative refrigerants that won’t heat the atmosphere as much as today’s refrigerants do, or catch fire, according to a new computational study by NIST.   (NIST, 5/29/2019)
Science & Technology Policy
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DARPA Announces ERI Summit 2019 Workshops.  For the second year in a row, DARPA is convening the electronics community to discuss the ambitions and achievements of its five-year, upwards of $1.5 billion investment in US microelectronics advancement. Attendees at the second annual Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit – being held July 15-17 in Detroit, Michigan – will hear from commercial and defense leaders as they share their insights on the domestic semiconductor industry and the applications driving next-generation electronics.   (DARPA. 5/31/2019)
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Bipartisan Bill Would Create Forum for Discussing how to Counter US Academic Espionage.  Those who complain that the US government prefers to talk about the nation’s problems rather than solve them may think creating two forums to discuss science and national security is not a very constructive idea. But academic leaders say more dialogue is urgently needed on one issue now bedeviling the US research community: how to best protect the country against its economic and military competitors without choking off international scientific collaborations and the free flow of people and ideas.   (Science, 5/30/2019)
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Defense Digital Service Delivers Mission-Aligned Tech for DOD.  The Defense Digital Service office in the Pentagon looks like no other. The door buzzes open to a bustle of activity and energy.Launched in 2015, DDS is charged with bringing the best available technology in an efficient way into the DOD. DDS uses private-sector tools, approaches and talent to help the DOD solve high-impact challenges.   (DoD, 5/29/2019)
This Week's Hearings
Investing in America's Health Care.  Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Health. 06/04/2019, 10:00 am. Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2123 More
Eradicating Ebola: Lessons Learned and Medical Advancements.  Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. 06/04/2019, 2:00 pm. Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172.   More
Field Hearing- Weathering the Storm: Improving Hurricane Resiliency Through Research. Science, Space, & Technology, Subcommittee on Environment. 06/17/2019, 10:00 am. Texas' 7th Congressional District, Location TBD.  More