Purpose: The ‘Genomic Innovation, Resilience & the Next Pandemic’ CRISPRcon workshop inspired cross-sector dialogue to identify the most pressing innovation needs to identify, prevent and respond to interrelated challenges for public health, food, and environmental systems created by intersecting pandemic and climate crises.
Premise: The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the challenges to resilience for human-food-environment systems and simultaneously highlighted the interrelationship of public health with environmental health. This pandemic will not be the last – whether for humans or for agricultural and natural systems. This invitational expert workshop assumes that, in 5-10 years, another pandemic – aggravated and/or compounded by climate change – will cause widespread public health and/or food systems disruptions. What is the role of genomic innovation in addressing this next public health and food systems crisis, and what should we be doing NOW to prepare?
Participants: Taking a ‘one health’ perspective, the workshop convened a group of globally diverse thought leaders in public health, food systems, environment; across private, NGO, academic, and public sectors; and across science, social science, policy, and ethics. The workshop enabled dialogue among all participants and across a diversity of perspectives and disciplines.
Takeaways: Discussion at this event was off the record, but Keystone summarized key takeaways in this blog post. Flash talks, posted below, were recorded for wider dissemination
Understanding Symbiotic Interactions in CRISPR for Climate Resilience
Can Digital Tech Save the Environment?
Ethical Obstacles on the Genomic-Innovation Path to Pandemic Resilience
Towards More Effective Pandemic Prevention
Conflict, Climate Change, and Covid-19: The Global Hunger Pandemic
Gene Editing in Plant Breeding: Technical, Regulatory, and Social Considerations
New Breeding Techniques Legal Framework and Next Steps in Europe
CRISPR and Sustainable Innovation to Adapt and Mitigate Climate Change by Portuguese Farms
Using CRISPR to Prepare for Future Mosquito-borne Pandemics
Use of CRISPR to Reduce Opportunistic Infections
A Serendipitous Link Between CRISPR & Preemptive Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Design
CRISPRcon is a program of the Keystone Policy Center. Keystone is a nationally recognized nonprofit working to bring diverse perspectives to bear in helping leaders, stakeholders, and communities reach common higher ground on society’s most challenging issues. Keystone manages overall development of CRISPRcon programming, planning, and fundraising. Keystone operates under a statement of independence to serve all of its project participants and does not take a position of advocacy on any specific or general use of CRISPR and other gene-editing technologies.
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