from the Workshop on Future Directions and Research Priorities for the USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program
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A stakeholder workshop titled "Future Directions and Research Priorities for the USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program" (BRARGP) was held June 9 10, 2003 in Washington, DC. The workshop was funded through Information Systems for Biotechnology, an Innovation Grant from the US Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The goals of this workshop were to: 1) obtain feedback from stakeholders (scientists and Federal regulatory agencies) regarding the direction of future research supported by the USDA-BRARGP, and 2) report the results of ongoing and recently completed research supported by the USDA-BRARGP to Federal regulatory agencies overseeing transgenic animals, plants, and microorganisms.
The meeting brought together scientists from diverse disciplines and government agencies that regulate agricultural biotechnology to discuss the research needs of the regulatory community; identify the current science available to assess and to manage risks; and prioritize existing gaps in current and future research needs. The workshop discussions will be useful to those whose research may address ecological risk assessment or management of new or existing types of transgenic organisms and to those who set research priorities, who make regulatory decisions, or who address public concerns regarding the use of genetically engineered crops. Meeting Agenda
A keynote presentation by Dr. Martina Newell-McGloughlin (University of California, Davis) addressed “The Five Year Forecast for Plant and Animal Biotechnology: Trends and Emerging Products.” Following the keynote speaker, the workshop attendees divided into six breakout groups, organized according to taxa and risk categories (see below).
A Poster Session composed of research reports of the USDA-BRARGP Awardees from fiscal years 1997 2001 was presented. The second day of the workshop included reports from the breakout groups and a short grant-writing workshop session offered by representatives of the federal regulatory agencies.