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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Biodefense Science Board

The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) provides expert advice and guidance to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response on scientific, technical, and other matters related to public health emergency preparedness and response.  Learn More >>

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NBSB Overview, Governance and Authorities
Dr. Prabhavathi Fernandes, NBSB Chair, provides an overview of the board in this short, informative video.  Dr. Fernandes discusses the board's major mission areas and encourages viewers to use this website to learn more about the board's activities and find ways to join the conversation. Learn More >>

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Public Meetings
NBSB deliberations may result changes in regulations, policies, or guidelines related to public health emergency preparedness, response and recovery. ASPR encourages you to attend our meetings, either in person or via teleconference, to stay up to date on the board's activities.   Learn More >>

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Working Groups and Subcommittees
From national health security to biosurveillance to medical countermeasures, the board examines a wide range of complex topics along the national preparedness and response continuum. Learn how the board's subcommittees and working groups improve decision making.  Learn More >>

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NBSB develops recommendations which may inform federal decision making  on issues including medical countermeasures, biosurveillance, situational awareness, behavioral health and more.  The board may also evaluate federal strategies and plans. Learn More >>
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Contact Us
The NBSB is excited to engage in a dialogue with the public.  If you have questions or comments about the board and its findings, reports and other activities, please contact us via the National Biodefense Science Board Comment Form.  Submit a Comment >>

  • This page last reviewed: September 11, 2019