Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) Task Force

Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) Task Force

The University of Chicago Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern Policy is based on recommendations and guiding principles from The United States Government (March 2012 DURC Policy and September 2014 Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern). The University of Chicago Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern articulates the practices and procedures required to ensure that DURC is identified at the institutional level and risk mitigation measures are implemented as necessary.

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DURC Task Force Roster:

Joseph Kanabrocki, PhD, NRCM(SM), RO

Assoc. VP for Research Safety, Prof. of Microbiology, Institutional Biosafety Committee, Select Agent Institutional Biosafety Committee, Research Safety Policy Council, Committee on Radiation Safety.

Sean Crosson, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Committees on Microbiology and Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology.

Dave Pitrak, MD

Professor of Medicine, Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases & Global Health, Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Gopal Thinakaran, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology. Committee on Molecular Medicine/MPMM, Committee on Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Committee on Neurobiology.

Michael R. Ludwig,

Associate Vice President for Research Administration & Director, Research Safety Policy Council.

Russell J. Herron, JD

Senior Associate General Counsel. Select Agent Institutional Biosafety Committee, the BSD Institutional Review Board, the IRB Council, the Clinical Research Policy Board and its Executive Committee, and the University of Chicago Medical Center Compliance Committee.

R. Allen Helm, PhD, RBP, ARO

Biological Safety Officer. Institutional Biosafety Committee, Select Agent Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Anthony Wang, PhD, CBSP, ARO

Biological Safety Officer. Institutional Biosafety Committee, Select Agent Institutional Biosafety Committee

Nicholas Noriea, PhD, ARO

Biological Safety Officer. Institutional Biosafety Committee, Select Agent Institutional Biosafety Committee.