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From: TSS ()
Subject: SEAC HOLDS LIVE INTERNET BROADCAST OF NEXT 86TH MEETING MARCH 3, 2005 BSE, vCJD and related diseases
Date: February 28, 2005 at 6:20 am PST

SEAC MEETINGS GO LIVE ON THE WEB


On 3rd March 2005, the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee, the UK Government’s advisory committee on BSE, vCJD and related diseases, will hold its 86th meeting at the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury, London.

As part of a one-year trial, the meeting will be broadcast live on the Internet. A recording will also be available to view afterwards.

Professor Chris Higgins, the SEAC Chair said: “SEAC was the first independent advisory committee to hold regular public meetings to improve the transparency of how Government obtains, receives and acts on scientific advice. Broadcasting our meetings extends SEAC’s commitment to openness.”

Mr Graham Steel, the Vice Chair of the Human BSE Foundation said: “I warmly welcome the open approach being taken by SEAC.”

To view the meeting on the internet or attend the meeting, register in advance by visiting the SEAC website www.seac.gov.uk or by contacting the

SEAC secretariat on 0207 904 6256.


NOTES TO EDITORS

SEAC was established in 1990 by the Government as an independent committee of leading experts to ensure that it receives the best possible scientific advice. SEAC and its predecessor the Southwood committee have been looking into aspects of TSEs for over ten years.

TSS

Dear Terry,

We are webcasting meetings for the UK Government's SEAC Committee (Spongiform encephalopathy advisory committee) who provides independent expert scientific advice to the Government on spongiform encephalopathies such as BSE, vCJD and scrapie. SEAC's remit is wide-ranging, and covers public health, food safety and animal health issues. We would like to request a link on your site http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/index.html so that interested members of the public, government and scientists can view and participate in this and future meetings.

The next SEAC public meeting is on Thursday the 3rd of March and will be webcast live. The whole day’s meeting can be viewed (free of charge) live and an archive will be available the following day.

I enclose a copy of the press release for your attention and here is a link to the SEAC site where you will find the agenda and archives of past meetings:

http://www.seac.gov.uk

SEAC

24 February 2005 - The agenda and meeting papers for the SEAC meeting on Thursday 3rd March 2005 are now available.

http://www.seac.gov.uk/agenda/agen050305.htm


A link from your site would be much appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you regarding our request.

Many Thanks!

Kind Regards,

Saief Kazmi

Westminster Digital

+44 (0)20 7478 7655

saief@westminster-digital.co.uk

www.westminster-digital.co.uk


TSS




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