I am pleased to inform you that we have launched a new website for Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC): http://rsawa.research.ucla.edu/dure
Dual use research refers to scientific activities conducted for legitimate purposes that generate knowledge, information, technologies, and/or products that can be utilized for both benevolent and harmful purposes. Conceivably, much of research could be considered dual use. The effective oversight of dual use research of concern (DURC) is based on identifying potential dual use research and its associated risks, then devising ways to mitigate these risks. The US Government has identified 15 agents and toxins that, if used in research, require evaluation for dual-use potential.
The DURC website includes information about the Dual Use Review Entity (i.e., the faculty led committee), policies and guidelines, and training requirements.
Please visit the new website to learn more about DURC. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Jennifer Perkins, MA, CPIA
Director – Research Safety & Animal Welfare Administration (RSAWA)
Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research (ICDUR)