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Collaborating on biotech policy

November 2016

In this new article, Megan Palmer, a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, talks about the different ways that the FBI is collaborating with the biotech...

Encouraging future leaders in biosecurity

September 2016

Biosecurity leaders gathered at Stanford this week to offer new ideas and perspectives on a wide range of issues critical to societal health.The conference, “Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity,” began...

U.S. Needs a New Approach for Governance of Risky Research

December 2015

The United States needs better oversight of risky biological research to reduce the likelihood of a bioengineered super virus escaping from the lab or being deliberately unleashed, according three...

Containing the Risks of Bioengineered Super Viruses

September 2015

Genetically engineered viruses could open up a Pandora's box of biosecurity threats. CISAC co-director David Relman explains how we can keep a lid on it.

CISAC considers implications of bioengineered yeast and ongoing biotechnology revolution

May 2015

Bioengineering researchers have recently constructed the final steps required to engineer yeast to manufacture opiates, including morphine and other medical drugs, from glucose, drawing significant...

CISAC tackles public health & policy questions on Ebola

October 2014

We ask CISAC biosecurity experts David Relman and Megan Palmer to answer questions about the public health and policy implications of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Relman is awarded NIH innovation grant for microbial research

October 2013

CISAC co-director David Relman, professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine, has been awarded a $6.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to to...

CISAC welcomes microbiologist David Relman as co-director

January 2013

David Relman, a Stanford microbiologist and professor of infectious diseases, has taken up the mantle as CISAC co-director alongside Stanford law professor Tino Cuéllar, both of whom intend to...

Five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

October 2012

With the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney set to focus on foreign policy, researchers from the Freeman Spogli Institute ask the questions they want answered and...

Oversight committee approves publication of controversial H5N1 avian flu research

March 2012

The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) announced on March 30 that it would recommend the publication of controversial research that raised public health concerns.

CISAC Honors graduate awarded a Rhodes Scholarship

November 2011

Congratulations to Anand Habib, selected this weekend for a Rhodes Scholarship. Habib, a biology major, was a Class of 2011 CISAC honors graduate.

Sept. 11: Are we safer 10 years later?

September 2011

Ten years after the terrorist attacks, five leading experts weigh in on the state of the jihadist movement, U.S. intelligence, and the cost of safety.

CISAC honors student awarded for "exceptional, tangible" intellectual achievement

May 2011

Ten undergraduates recently received the 2011 Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment, which honors extraordinary undergraduate students for "exceptional, tangible" intellectual achievements....

CISAC now accepting applications for William J. Perry International Security Fellowship

December 2008

Applications are now being accepted for the William J. Perry International Security Fellowship.

Transitions 2009 conference to focus on action plan for President-elect Obama

November 2008

CISAC's Stephen Stedman, Bruce Jones from NYU and Carlos Pascual from the Brookings Institution will unveil a "plan for action" for President-elect Obama to tackle emerging transnational threats at...

Book Review: The Gunslinger

July 2008

FSI senior fellow Stephen Stedman reviews John Bolton's book, Surrender Is not an Option, in the July/August issue of the Boston Review.

Preparation is key to avoiding 'worst-case outcome,' Chertoff says

April 2008

CISAC members Lynn Eden, Martha Crenshaw, and Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar participated in"Germ Warfare, Contagious Disease and the Constitution," a daylong event co-hosted by Stanford Law School....

Face facts: New York Times op-ed by CISAC's Lawrence Wein

December 2006

"Pandemic influenza is probably the world's most serious near-term public health threat," CISAC's Lawrence M.

Roundtable Forum - Anxious Times: Seeing Beyond a World of Perpetual Threats

September 2006

Stanford President John Hennessy hosted a timely and important Reunion Homecoming roundtable examining "Anxious Times: Seeing Beyond a World of Perpetual Threats," on October 14.

Modeling Attacks on the Food Supply

June 2005

This editorial explains the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' decision to publish a research article by CISAC faculty member Lawrence M.

University Scholars Play Prominent Role in Charting Reforms for United Nations

January 2005

A new united nations report recommending the most sweeping reform in the institution's history offers a global vision of collective security for the 21st century that is as committed to development...

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David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Drew Endy Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Mim John Miriam "Mim" John Affiliate