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Medical News & Perspectives
August 7, 2002

NAS Recommends Creating Homeland Security Institute

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JAMA. 2002;288(5):568-570. doi:10.1001/jama.288.5.568-JMN0807-4-1

Washington—A sweeping report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) places a new Homeland Security Institute at the nexus of antiterrorism research, responsible for making sense of rivers of data flowing from 188 federal agencies whose work involves some aspect of terrorism.

"The institute would be a consumer of knowledge, not a generator of knowledge. It would be a think tank," said Barry Bloom, PhD, dean of Harvard University School of Public Health and a member of the panel that spent 9 months crafting the report. Under the plan, the research roles of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would remain unchanged.