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PLANNING COMMITTEE ON UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY RISKS FROM MICROBIAL THREATS IN THE ARCTIC: A WORKSHOP DIANA WALL (Chair), Colorado State University VOLKER TER MEULEN (Vice Chair), InterAcademy Partnership ROBYN BARBATO, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory BIRGITTA EVENGÃ RD, UmeÃ¥ University ROBIN FEARS, European Academies Science Advisory Council CHARLES HAAS, Drexel University THOMAS INGLESBY, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health REBECCA KATZ, Georgetown University SUSAN KUTZ, University of Calgary National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Staff LAUREN EVERETT, PRB Senior Program Officer LAURIE GELLER, PRB Program Director ROB GREENWAY, PRB Program Associate JULIE PAVLIN, BGH Senior Board Director KATIE PEREZ, BGH Research Associate AUDREY THÃVENON, BLS Program Officer PREPUBLICATION COPY v
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Contents Overview 1 Background and Context, 1 Opening Remarks, 3 Session 1: What Do We Know? 13 Viruses in Permafrost, 13 2016 Anthrax Outbreak, 14 Panel on Ecosystem Changes and Microbial Threats in the Environment, 16 Environmental and Climatic Determinants of Infectious Disease, 20 Panel on the Potential Risk of Human and Animal Exposure to Threats, 23 Session 2: What Do We Need to Know? 31 Wildlife Health Surveillance, 31 Human Health Surveillance, 32 Panel on Research Needs and Gaps in Scientific Understanding and Surveillance Capabilities, 34 Discussion on Biosafety and Biosecurity Risks, 37 Session 3: Research and Operational Paths Forward 41 Local Environmental Observer Network, 41 Zoonotic Diseases of Importance to Subsistence Communities, 42 Using Indigenous Knowledge to Detect Emerging Pathogens, 45 Panel on International and Multidisciplinary Research Examples, 47 Discussion on Harmonization of Surveillance Data, 51 Final Thoughts: Impacts of Microbial Threats on Stakeholder Organizations 55 References 61 Appendix A: Statement of Task 69 Appendix B: Planning Committee Biosketches 71 Appendix C: Workshop Agenda 77 Appendix D: Workshop Participants 83 PREPUBLICATION COPY ix