Public Policy and Biological Threats
IGCC’s Public Policy and Biological Threats (PPBT) program has created a network of young biosecurity research and policy experts through its summer “boot camp.” PPBT began in July 2004 with a two-week intensive training program at UC San Diego funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The program emphasizes bioterrorism and emerging infectious disease threats equally in a common context to analyze both policy and practical issues. IGCC draws on medical, biological, international, and public policy expertise from across the UC system and government agencies such as the NIAID Regional Centers of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases to present a curriculum on biological threats that combines what we know about the biological agents and infectious disease with the broader issues involved in international security policy. Under the leadership of Dr. Sam Bozzette, PPBT has succeeded in creating a cohort of young professionals who are already making career contributions to universities and government.