October 13-18, 2017

October 13-18, 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Scientific Program Agenda, Oct. 3-5, 2016 2016-12-11T23:13:29+00:00

The 59th Annual Biological Safety Conference
was held September 30th – October 5th, 2016
at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, TX

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Monday, October 3, 2016

7am-5pm: Registration


7-8am | Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall


7am-4pm: Vendor Exhibits

8-8:30am | 8:00 – 8:05 am Welcome
Master of Ceremonies, Melissa Morland, MS, MBA, RBP, CBSP, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
8:05 – 8:10 am Local Arrangements Committee Welcome
Patrick Conley, CBSP, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
8:10 – 8:15 am Scientific Program Committee Welcome
Darlene Ward, RBP, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
8:15 – 8:30 am ABSA President’s Address
Melissa Morland, MS, MBA, RBP, CBSP, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Baltimore, MD


8:30-9:30am | Session I: Arnold G. Wedum Memorial Lecture Award ABSA1601
Introduction: Betsy Matos, PhD, RBP, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Biosafety from the Field to the Lab (PDF 7MB)
Tony Schountz, PhD, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


9:30-10:30am | Session II: Biosafety Regulatory Issues ABSA1602
Moderator: Francine Rogers, MS, RBP, CBSP, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

9:30 – 9:50 am Employee, Contractor, or Student? Four Legal Decisions Illustrate Differences in Laboratory Worker Protections (abstract)
Casey Skvorc, PhD, JD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
9:50 – 10:10 am Strategy and Successes: The Global Biorisk Management Curriculum (PDF 1MB) (abstract)
LouAnn C. Burnett, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
10:10 – 10:30 am Updates from NIH (PDF 1MB) (abstract)
Kathryn Harris, PhD, RBP, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD



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


11am-12:00pm | Session III: Invited Speaker ABSA1603
11:00 – 11:50 am Introduction: Meghan Seltzer, PhD, HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA
Using Your Inner Insect to Control Virus Infections (PDF 2MB)
Ben tenOever, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY


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


12:30-1:30pm | Session IV: Poster Session
Presenters must be available during the session.

1:30-2:30pm | Session V: Biocontainment Incident Response ABSA1605
Moderator: Maya Nair, PhD, RBP, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX

1:30 – 1:50 pm Not a Zombie Apocalypse, but Still a BSL-3 Emergency Drill (PDF 4MB) (abstract)
Betsy Matos, PhD, RBP, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

1:50 – 2:10 pm Medical Response to Incidents in High Containment Laboratories (PDF 574KB) (abstract)
Stephen Lever, PhD, DSTL Porton Down, Salisbury, United Kingdom

2:10 – 2:30 pm CPR, AED, and BSL-3 (PDF 13MB) (abstract)
Margaret Juergensmeyer, PhD, RBP, Institute for Food Safety and Health, Bedford Park, IL

2:30-3pm | Session VI: National Science Advisory Board Update ABSA1606
Moderator: Shelley Jones, MS, RBP, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

2:30 – 3:00 pm National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity and Gain of Function Overview (PDF 2MB) (abstract)
Joseph Kanabrocki, PhD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


3:00-3:30pm: Exhibits, Posters, and Coffee Break


3:30-5pm | Session VII: Occupational Health and Monitoring ABSA1607
Moderator: James W. Klenner, MSc, MPH, MPA, RBP, CBSP, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

3:30 – 3:50 pm Is There a Doctor in the House? The Role of a Medical Officer Integrated into Laboratory Safety Procedures (PDF 528KB) (abstract)
Paul Russell, PhD, DSTL Porton Down, Salisbury, United Kingdom

3:50 – 4:10 pm Strategies for Implementing A Comprehensive Occupational Health Program (PDF 2MB) (abstract)
Molly Stitt-Fischer, PhD, CPH, CBSP, SM(NRCM), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

4:10 – 4:30 pm Using an Integrated Governance Database Reporting System for Laboratory and Other Incidents at Public Health England (PDF 655KB) (abstract)
Heather Sheeley, MS, Public Health England, Porton Down, Salisbury, United Kingdom

4:30 – 5:00 pm Questions and Discussion

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

7am-5pm: Registration


7-8am | Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall


7am-4pm: Vendor Exhibits

8am-8:05am | Welcome
Master of Ceremonies: Maureen O’Leary, PhD, CBSP, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

8:05-9:20 | Session VIII: Griffin Lecture Award ABSA1608
8:05 – 8:20 am Introduction: Caryl Griffin, MSN, MDiv, Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, Kingsport, TN

8:20 – 9:20 am The Open Philanthropy Project-Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness Initiative (PDF 17MB)
Jaime Yassif, PhD, Open Philanthropy Project, San Francisco, CA

9:20-10:20 | Session IX: International Biosafety ABSA1609
Moderator: Hsiang-Ming Wang, PhD, SM(NRCM), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
9:20 – 9:40 am Implementing the Requirements for the Biosafety Level 3 Facility at the Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute Bontsi Mochotlhoane, Agricultural Research Council, Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute Pretoria, South Africa (PDF 2MB) (abstract)

9:40 – 10:00 am Improvement of Microorganisms Classification Methodology into Risk Groups (PDF 552KB) (abstract)
Aline A. Baldo, DVM, PhD, Scientific Institute of Public Health, Brussels, Belgium

10:00 – 10:20 am Adapting Biosecurity to Meet the Demands of Emerging Infectious Disease: Applications for Global Health Security (PDF 820KB) (abstract)
Ryan Burnette, PhD, AT-RISK International, LLC, Chantilly, VA


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


11am-12pm | Session X: Eagleson Lecture Award
11:00 – 12:00 pm Introduction: Mary Ann Sondrini, Eagleson Institute, Sanford, ME
Zika Virus—A Reemerged Arbovirus
Nikolaos Vasilakis, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston, Galveston, TX


12:00-1pm | Exhibits, Posters, and Lunch


1-2pm | Session XI: Poster Session
Presenters must be available during the session.

2-3pm | Session XII: Laboratory Practices ABSA1612
Moderator: Cristine C. Lawson, PhD, Nationals Institute of Health, Fort Detrick, MD

2:00 – 2:20 pm Emerging Infectious Diseases in Academic Research: Biosafety Lessons Learned from Work with Zika Virus (PDF 1MB) (abstract)
Esmeralda Meyer, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2:20 – 2:40 pm Biosafety Cabinetry: Influence of Personnel Activities (PDF 3MB) (abstract)
Thomas Hinrichs, Berner International GmbH, Elmshorn, Germany

2:40 – 3:00 pm Volatile Chemicals and Class II Type A2 “Recirculated” BSCs: How Much is Safe? (PDF 2MB) (abstract)
Kara Held, Baker, Sanford, ME

3:00 – 3:20 pm Get the Kettle Going-Why Checking Your Steam Sterilization Procedures for Liquids is so Important (PDF 2MB) (abstract)
Daniel Kümin, Institute of Virology and Immunology, Mittelhausern, Switzerland

Videos for Biosafety Cabinetry: Influence of Personnel ActivitiesThomas Hinrichs, Berner International GmbH, Elmshorn, Germany

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3:30pm-4pm: Exhibits, Posters, and Coffee Break


4-5pm | Session XIII: Specialized Topics in Biosafety ABSA1613
Moderator: Claudia Gentry-Weeks, PhD, CBSP, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

4:00 – 4:20 pm Implementation of Biosafety Guidelines for Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories (PDF 835KB) (abstract)
Jessica McCormick-Ell, PhD, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ

4:20 – 4:40 pm Facility for Large Scale BSL-2/GMO-2 and Multiproduct GMP Production (PDF 2MB) (abstract)
Henriette Schubert, NNE Pharmaplan A/S, Gentofte, Denmark

4:40 – 5:00 pm New Approach For Designing Public and Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratories (PDF 7MB) (abstract)
Bill Arndt, PhD, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM


6-10pm | Banquet at the Gaylord Texan


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

7am-5pm: Registration


7-8:15am | Continental Breakfast


8:15-8:20am | Welcome
Master of Ceremonies

8:20-9:40am | Session XIV: Safety Culture and Procedures ABSA1614
Moderator: Jessica McCormick-Ell, PhD, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ

8:20 – 8:40 am Safety Culture in Life Sciences Laboratories: Time for Action (PDF 1MB) (abstract)
Donald Callihan, PhD, AT-RISK International, LLC, Chantilly, VA

8:40 – 9:00 am Using Standard Operating Procedures to Bridge Facility Gaps (PDF 1MB) (abstract)
Daniel Frasier, Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc., Boxford, MA

9:00 – 9:20 am Containment of Polioviruses: Moving Barriers (PDF 736KB) (abstract)
Delemarre Frans, Janssen Vaccines, Leiden, Netherlands

9:20 – 9:40 am Safety Culture in Life Science Laboratories: Through the Looking Glass (PDF 733KB) (abstract)
Fitz Trumble, URS Professional Solutions, Aiken, SC


9:40-10:10am: Coffee Break


10:10-11:10am | Session XV: Biocontainment Facilities ABSA1615
Moderator: Beth Reeves, CBSP, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, IN

10:10 – 10:30 am Why Do Biocontainment Facilities Fail (PDF 2MB) (abstract)
Joby Evans, PE, CxA, Merrick & Company, Atlanta, GA

10:30 – 10:50 am Withstanding High Wind Impacts on Biocontainment Facilities (PDF 4MB) (abstract)
Eugene Cole, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Manhattan, KS

10:50 – 11:10 am Inactivation Method for Viruses that Preserves Structure and Molecular Function (abstract)
Katherine Schneider, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, Fort Detrick, MD

11:10 – 11:30 am Commissioning a Critical Strategy for Risk Management in the BSL-3 Environment (PDF 831KB) (abstract)
Charlie Bean, Environmental Health & Engineering, Needham, MA


11:35am-1:30pm | Honor Awards and Special Recognition Luncheon
Presenter: Melissa Morland, MS, MBA, RBP, CBSP, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Arnold G. Wedum Distinguished Achievement Award
Everett J. Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award
John H. Richardson Special Recognition Award
International and National Poster Awards
Hashimoto Award for Service and Honor
Recognition of Certified Biosafety Professionals and Registered Biosafety Professionals

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


1:30-2:00pm | Session XVI: Robert I. Gross Student Award
Introduction: Noman Siddiqi, PhD, RBP, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

1:30 – 2:00 pm Inactivation of Bacterial Pathogens Using an UVC Emitting Device for Whole Room Sanitization (abstract)
Renee M. Demarest, Ph.D., Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ

2:00-2:30pm | Session XVII: Richard Knudsen Award ABSA1617
2:00 – 2:30 pm Introduction: David Gillum, MS, RBP, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

A Laboratory-associated Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis (PDF 2MB)
Matthew S. Philpott, PhD, RBP, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

2:30-3:10pm | Session XVIII: Biosafety Competency and Training ABSA1618
Moderator: Marian Downing, RBP, CBSP, WCG Biosafety, Kemah, TX

2:30 – 2:50 pm Current Scope of Practice and Core Competencies (PDF 557KB) (abstract)
Enitra N. Jones, PhD, National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program, Bethesda, MD

2:50 – 3:10 pm Give Them the Carrot! Using Strategic Program Improvements to Increase Researcher Engagement (PDF 2MB) (abstract)
Shane Gillooly, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA


3:10-3:40pm | Coffee Break


3:40-4:55pm | Session XIX: Plant Biosafety ABSA1619
Moderator: Judy LaDuc, RBP, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

3:40 – 4:00 pm Biosafety of Plant Research in Greenhouses and Other Specialized Containment Facilities (PDF 3MB) (abstract)
Dann Adair, BS, IPM, Conviron, North Branch, MN

4:00 – 4:20 pm Biosafety Levels Weren’t Developed for Plant Pathogen Research; Perhaps Biocontainment Levels Are More Appropriate? (PDF 905KB)
Kirk Martin, DPM, CBSP, United States Department of Agriculture, Owings, MD

4:20 – 4:40 pm How Deep Is Too Deep: A Validation Study of Greenhouse Waste Decontamination at University of Nebraska—Lincoln (PDF 2MB) (abstract)
Matthew Anderson, PhD, RBP, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

4:40 – 4:55 pm Questions and Discussion

4:55pm | Close of Conference
Master of Ceremonies
Maureen O’Leary, PhD, CBSP, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH