André Knottnerus, Scientific Council for Government Policy, The Hague

Speech at the Herrenhausen Symposium "Dual Use Research on Microbes: Biosafety, Biosecurity, Responsibility", 11.12.2014

André Knottnerus speaks about the separate worlds of life sciences and security policy, the impact of 9/11 and the anthrax letters, and an increased awareness as an issue for biomedicine, public health, and academies of science. He analyses today’s governmental and regulatory situation, discusses the possibility of a general code of conduct, and explains the Dutch code of conduct for biosecurity. Knottnerus studied epidemiology at Maastricht University, obtaining his doctorate in 1986 with a thesis on the evaluation of diagnostic tests. He was appointed Professor of General Practice there in 1988 and has published a great deal on primary care, public health and quality of care. He was appointed chairman of the Scientific Council for Government Policy in May 2010 and currently chairs the “Supervision and responsibility” project. He is member of various boards including the Supervisory Committee and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Stichting Instituut GAK. He is Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of Royal Netherlands Society of Sciences (KHMW), and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

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