October 13-18, 2017

October 13-18, 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

2015 Scientific Program Agenda 2016-12-11T23:13:51+00:00

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[testimonial author=”2015 Conference Attendee”]Thank you for bringing some big names in science and infectious disease to this conference. I think it lends more credibility to our field. We had some of our IBC members attend, and they were impressed.[/testimonial]

Sunday, October 11, 2015

3-5:30pm: ABSA International Panel
Please join us for the ABSA International Panel and learn about US global biosafety and biosecurity initiatives from panelists representing the Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP), the Global Health biosecurity Agenda (GHSA), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Twinning Program and more. Panelists will share what they are doing internationally through case studies, success stories, and lessons learned.


  • David Franz, Former Commander USAMRIID
  • Samantha Arnett, Biosecurity Engagement Program
  • Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Global Health Biosecurity Agenda
  • Jeanne Fair and Nelson Jackson, Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • Eric Cook, Geoffrey Phillips, and Bassel Mamdouh, Twinning Program

Maureen O’Leary, Dartmouth College

6:30-8pm: Opening Reception
The Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, October 11 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall.
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Monday, October 12, 2015

7am-5pm: Registration

7-8am: Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

7am-4pm: Vendor Exhibits

8:00 – 8:05 am Welcome
Master of Ceremonies: Marian Downing, RBP, CBSP, Biosafety Consultant, Kemah, TX

8:05 – 8:10 am Local Arrangements Committee Welcome
Theodore Myatt, ScD, RBP, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

8:10 – 8:15 am Scientific Program Committee Welcome
Shelley Jones, MS, RBP, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

8:15 – 8:30 am ABSA President’s Address
Marian Downing, RBP, CBSP, Biosafety Consultant, Kemah, TX

8:30-9:30am: Session I: Wedum Lecture Award PresentationABSA1501
Introduction: Darlene Ward, RBP, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Developing a Culture of Awareness; Biological Arms Control, Dual Use Research, and
Responsible Conduct of Science (PDF 1MB)

Nancy Connell, PhD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

9:30-10:30am: Session II: Prevention of Laboratory-Acquired InfectionsABSA1502
Moderator: Dawn Wooley, PhD, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Wright State University, Dayton, OH
9:30 – 9:50 am The Anatomy of an Exposure (PDF 867KB)
Thomas H. Winters, MD, FACOEM, FACPM, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

9:50 – 10:10 am Proper Management of Incident Reporting in Biological Research Labs (PDF 1MB) (ID #210 abstract)
Brian O’Shea, PhD, CBSP, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH

10:10 – 10:30 am Bio-related Exposure Monitoring and Follow-up System at the University of California—San Francisco (PDF 162KB) (ID #243 abstract)
Peili Zhu, PhD, RBP, University of California—San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

10:30-11am: Exhibits, Posters, and Coffee Break

11am-12:00pm;; Session III: Eagleson Lecture Award PresentationABSA1503
Introduction: Mary Ann Sondrini, Eagleson Institute, Sanford, ME

Novel HIV Vaccination and Eradication Strategies
Dan H. Barouch, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

12-1:30pm: Exhibits, Posters, and Lunch

12:30-1:30pm: Session IV: Poster Session
Presenters must be available during the session. (list of posters)

1:30-2:30pm: Session V: Emerging RNA TechnologiesABSA1505
Moderator: Cynthia Pressman Schwartz, PhD, RBP, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1:30 – 1:50 pm Emerging RNA Technologies and Therapeutics
Melissa Moore, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

1:50 – 2:10 pm Advances in Huntington’s Disease Therapeutics
Neil Aronin, MD, FACP, FACE, University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, MA

2:10 – 2:30 pm Strategies for Risk Assessment and Institutional Oversight of Emerging RNAi Technologies (PDF 442KB)
Angela Birnbaum, RBP, CBSP, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Rebecca Caruso, MPH, RBP, CBSP, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

2:30-3pm: Session VI: International Regulatory UpdateABSA1505
Moderator: James W. Klenner, MSc, MPH, MPA, RBP, CBSP, Health and Safety, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual Updates (PDF 442KB)
Kazunobu Kojima, MD, PhD, World Health Organization, Geneva Switzerland

3-3:30pm: Exhibits, Posters, and Coffee Break

3:30-5pm: Session VII: Occupational Health and Medical SurveillanceABSA1506
Moderator: Kelly Flint, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), National Institutes of Health, Fort Detrick, MD

3:30 – 3:50 pm Biosafety and Containment Considerations for U.S. Hospitals Preparing for Ebola Virus Disease (PDF 2MB) (ID #262 abstract)
Betsy Weirich, MS, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

3:50 – 4:10 pm Survival of Hepatitis C Virus is Temperature, Syringe Type, and Volume Dependent: Implications for Infection Control Strategies (PDF 2MB) (ID #220 abstract)
Elijah Paintsil, Yale University, New Haven, CT

4:10 – 4:30 pm Avian Influenza Risk Perception among Egyptian Poultry Handlers (PDF 777KB) (ID #254 abstract)
Lamiaa A. Fiala, Faculty of Medicine, Ismailia, Egypt

4:30 – 4:50 pm Biosafety-Healthcare Interaction Beyond Ebola (PDF 2MB) (ID #231 abstract)
Kalpana Rengarajan, PhD, RBP, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

4:50 – 5:00 pm Questions and Discussion

5pm-Close: Members’ Business Meeting
Door prizes will be awarded—must be present to win.

[testimonial author=”2015 Conference Attendee”]All presentations were informative/educational in one way or another but I have to say that seeing Dr. Church and Dr. Crozier speak was completely invigorating and tapped into the passion I have for this field![/testimonial]

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

7am-5pm: Registration

7-8am: Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

7am-4pm: Vendor Exhibits

8-8:05am: Welcome
Master of Ceremonies: Melissa Morland, MS, RBP, CBSP, University of Maryland—Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

8:05-9:20: Session VIII: Griffin Lecture Award Presentation
8:05 – 8:20 am Introduction: Caryl Griffin, MSN, MDiv, Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, Kingsport, TN

8:20 – 9:20 am A Survivor’s Story: Dual Citizenship at the Ebola Bedside
Ian Crozier, MD, Infectious Diseases, Kampala, Uganda

9:20-10: Session IX: Biosafety Risk AssessmentABSA1507
Moderator: Meghan Seltzer, PhD, HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA

9:20 – 9:40 am Why Did the Salmonella-Spiked Chicken Cross the Auger? Adventures in Interdisciplinary Research Risk Assessment (PDF 2MB) (ID #232 abstract)
Shane Gillooly, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

9:40 – 10:00 am Gain-of-Function Research: The Eye of the Storm—The University of Wisconsin Story (PDF 4MB) (ID #216 abstract)
Rebecca Moritz, CBSP, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Madison, WI

10:00 – 10:20 am Poliovirus Containment: Mitigating Facility-related Risks in the Endgame and Post-Eradication Eras (PDF 445KB) (ID #247)
Steven Oberste, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

10:20-10:50am: Exhibits, Posters, and Coffee Break

10:50-11:50am: Session X: Invited SpeakerABSA1508
Introduction: Noman Siddiqi, RBP, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Biocontainment of Genetically Modified Organisms by Synthetic Protein Design
George Church, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

11:50am-12:20: Session XI: National Biosafety Stewardship Month Survey ResultsABSA1509
Moderator: Marian Downing, RBP, CBSP, Biosafety Consultant, Kemah, TX

National Biosafety Stewardship Month: A Glimpse into Institutional Safety Activities (PDF 204KB)
David A. Martinson, PhD, National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program, Bethesda, MD

12:20-2pm: Exhibits, Posters, and Lunch

1-2-pm; Session XII: Poster Session
Presenters must be available during the session. (list of posters)

2-3-pm: Session XIII: Laboratory Safety OversightABSA1510
Moderator: Jacqueline Wagner, CIH, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

2:20 pm – 2:40 am United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (PDF 2MB) (ID #58 abstract)
Kathryn L. Harris, PhD, RBP, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm Using Peer-Review Faculty Committees to Obtain Biosafety Consensus (PDF 1MB) (ID #250 abstract)
Molly S. Stitt-Fischer, PhD, SM(NRCM), CPH, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2:40 – 3:00 pm Zombies, Mad Scientists and Superheroes: An Approach to Promoting Safety Culture with Research Lab Personnel (PDF 5MB) (ID #222 abstract)
Brandy Nelson, CBSP, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

3-3:30pm: Exhibits, Posters, and Coffee Break

3:30-4:50pm: Session XIV: Expanding BSO Training and OutreachABSA1511
Moderator: Don Callihan, PhD, WCG Biosafety, Princeton, NJ

3:30 – 3:50 pm Benefits of a Multi-pronged Teaching Module for Select Agent Required Security, Incident Response, and Biosafety Training (PDF 1MB) (ID #251 abstract)
Kathryn F. Board, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

3:50 – 4:10 pm Improving Biosafety Culture—Learning Lessons from Incidents (PDF 2MB) (ID #236 abstract)
David Bryant, United Kingdom Animal and Plant Health Agency, Weybridge, Surrey, United Kingdom

4:10 – 4:30 pm How Can We Facilitate Understanding of the rDNA Guidelines to the Scientific Community? (PDF 874KB) (ID #228 abstract)
Esmeralda L. Meyer, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

4:30 – 4:50 pm Indoor Air Quality: What Every Biosafety Officer Should Know (PDF 8MB) (ID #47 abstract)
Patricia D. Cox, PhD, RBP, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

6-10pm: Banquet at the Rhode Island Convention Center
Rhode Island may be the “Littlest State in the Union,” but ABSA will celebrate in true, big, Ocean State style at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Tuesday night. Enjoy traditional Rhode Island clambake-style foods, local craft brews, dance to the coolest DJ tunes or sing karaoke. You can also sample the famous Del’s Frozen Lemonade and have your photo taken and immortalized with Chloe—the vintage 1967 Volkswagen photo bus. Come join fellow ABSA enthusiasts for a night filled with games and Oceanside fun.

[testimonial author=”2015 Conference Attendee”]Great scientific program this year. I will be taking many new ideas and information back to my institution.[/testimonial]

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

7am-5pm: Registration

7-8:15am: Continental Breakfast

8:15-8: Welcome
Master of Ceremonies: Maureen O’Leary, PhD, CBSP, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

8:20-9:40am: Session XV: Enhancing Biosafety and BiosecurityABSA1512
Moderator: Maya Nair, RBP, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX

8:20 – 8:40 am The CDC Etiologic Agent Import Permits Facility Inspection Process: Two High-containment Laboratory Experiences (PDF 3MB) (ID #225 abstract)
David S. Bressler, CBSP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

8:40 – 9:00 am Shipping and Exporting Research Materials: Yale University’s Research Material Shipping and Export Program via eShipGlobal (PDF 541KB) (ID #255 abstract)
Kevin M. Charbonneau, Yale University, New Haven, CT

9:00 – 9:20 am Synthetic Biology: Biosafety and Biosecurity (PDF 2MB) (ID #297 abstract)
David Gillum, MS, RBP, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

9:20 – 9:40 am The Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) Centralized Management Concept at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) (ID # 295 abstract)
Virginia I. Roxas-Duncan, PhD, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, MD

9:40-10:10am: Coffee Break

10:10am-11:30am: Session XVI: Animal and Containment FacilitiesABSA1513
Moderator: Peili Zhu, PhD, RBP, University of California—San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

10:10 – 10:30 am Issues Identified by Commissioning, Again and Again (PDF 2MB) (ID #233 abstract)
Joby Evans, Merrick & Company, Atlanta, GA

10:30 – 10:50 am Conversion of a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Lab to an Arthropod Containment Level 2 (ACL-2) Lab (PDF 986KB) (ID #117 abstract)
Jolly Qian, Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases, Singapore, Singapore

10:50 – 11:10 am Equine Facility Biosafety: Challenges and Lessons Learned from Large Animal ABSL-2 Containment (PDF 2MB) (ID #202 abstract)
Delena W. Mazzetti, MPH, RBP, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

11:10 – 11:30 am Biosafety Program for Animal Biosafety Level 2 Facility at University of California—San Francisco (PDF 2MB) (ID #244 abstract)
Mei-Chuan Huang, PhD, RBP, University of California—San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


Honor Awards and Special Recognition Luncheon
Presenter: Marian Downing, RBP, CBSP, Biosafety Consultant, Kemah, TX

Arnold G. Wedum Distinguished Achievement Award

Everett J. Hanel, Jr. Award Presentation

John H. Richardson Special Recognition Award

International and National Poster Awards (list of posters)

Recognition of Certified Biosafety Professionals and Registered Biosafety Professionals
Presenters: R. Thomas Leonard, PhD, CBSP, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Donald
Wang, MPH, RBP, CBSP, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

1:30-2pm: Session XVII: Robert I. Gross Student AwardABSA1515
Moderator: Francine Rogers, RBP, CBSP, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Developing a Neurological Assessment Protocol Safe for Implementation in High- and Maximum-containment Facilities (PDF 1MB) (ID #296 abstract)
Shannon E. Ronca, BS, University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston, Galveston, TX

2-2:30pm: Session XVIII: Knudsen Award & LectureABSA1516
Introduction: Judy LaDuc, RBP, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
The NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities Site Visit Program: Observations About Institutional Oversight of Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecule Research
Ryan Bayha, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

2:30-3:15pm: Session XIX: Roundtable—Culture of ResponsibilityABSA1517
Moderator: Patricia Olinger, RBP, RBP, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Update from the Lab Safety Task Force (PDF 1MB)
Ara Tahmassian, PhD, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Leadership… and Cultures of Responsibility (PDF 2MB)
David Franz, DVM, PhD, Frederick, MD
Ebola at Emory: Keeping the Culture of Safety (PDF 2MB)
G. Marshall Lyon III, MD, MMSc, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Patricia Olinger, RBP, RBP, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

3:15-3:45pm: Coffee Break

3:45-5pm; Session XX: Biosafety Facility IssuesABSA1518
Moderator: Bruce Whitney, PhD, Texas A&M University System, College Station, TX

3:45 – 4:05 pm Effectiveness of Decontamination of Laboratory Room Surfaces with Low Concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide and Isopropyl Alcohol Using Atmospheric Cold Plasma Activation (PDF 4MB) (ID #217 abstract)
Miguel A. Grimaldo, MEng, University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston, Galveston, TX

4:05 – 4:25 pm How to Fit a Square Peg into a Round Hole: Complying with Regulatory Requirements in a BSL-3 Ag Facility (PDF 2MB) (ID #227 abstract)
Erin E. Smith, RBP, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

4:25 – 4:45 pm Aerosol Monitoring of ABSL-4 Laboratories Housing Non-Human Primates Challenged with Ebola Virus (PDF 1MB) (ID #42 abstract)
David Harbourt, PhD, RBP, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, Fort Detrick, MD

4:45 – 5:00 pm Questions and Discussion


Close of Conference
Master of Ceremonies: Melissa Morland, MS, RBP, CBSP, University of Maryland—Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

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