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Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science

Published/Hosted by Mary Ann Liebert. ISSN: 1538-7135.

Biodefense is a public health and national security issue of the highest priority. This new journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism will cover bioscience, medical and public health response, infrastructure and institutions, international collaborations, agroterror/food safety, and citizen response and responsibility.Biosecurity and Bioterrorism provides an international forum for debate and exploration on the many issues posed by biological weapons and terrorism. A rigorous multidisciplinary analysis and vigorous exchange of perspectives is essential to the formulation of successful strategies for lessening the threat of deliberate epidemics. The focal point for papers, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism will also play a significant role in establishing a cohesive and urgently needed vehicle for the establishment of major educational efforts and interaction on issues of research, policy, prevention, and preparedness. The journal will pull together national and international strategy, professional practice, and technical and scientific issues and integrate them in a way to foster communication within various professional communities, including medicine, public health, law, national security, bioscientific research, and vaccine and drug development. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism will foster multidisciplinary thinking and collaborations in a way that has not yet, but must be, established, as new research, policy and practice concerned with bioterrorism move forward. Dr. O'Toole is currently the Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, which is sponsored by the Hopkins Schools of Public Health and Medicine. Dr. Inglesby is deputy director of the Center, which is dedicated to informing policy decisions and promoting practices that would help prevent the use of biological weapons. This important and timely new journal has the multidisciplinary emphasis that draws together the disparate groups that must collaborate to effectively protect peace-abiding nations.

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