Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community – New Report Aug. 10

The academic biomedical research community is a hub of employment, economic productivity, and scientific progress. Sponsors’ financial investments can be substantial; funders external to research institutions invest about $27 billion annually in academic life sciences research.  This significant investment of both money and time must be properly protected to minimize the loss of important scientific discoveries.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reviews how past disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy affected academic institutions, faculty, and research projects, and recommends potential actions to mitigate the impact of future disasters -- including man-made or natural disasters -- and cyber-attacks on research facilities, reagents, and animals.

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 10.  Please register for the webinar here.

Advance copies of Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation’s Investment will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 9.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 10.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email  Join the conversation on social media using #DisasterResilientLabs.