October 13-18, 2017

October 13-18, 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Preconference Courses

October 13, 2017

Registration

7 am  -  5 pm

The Registration Desk will be open Friday through Wednesday from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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01 – Articulating the Value of Your Biosafety Program

8 am  -  5 pm

A recurrent challenge for biosafety professionals is the ability to garner necessary program resources. The basis for this difficulty is that on a good day in the world of biosafety “nothing happens,” so upper management may not fully appreciate or […]

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02 – Advanced Risk Assessment

8 am  -  5 pm

In this advanced and interactive course, participants will evaluate research projects as they evolve over time from basic to multifaceted in vitro and in vivo scenarios based on actual research protocol submissions. Participants will work in teams to conduct risk […]

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03 – Disinfection, Sterilization, and Inactivation: A Practical Guide for the Biosafety Professional

8 am  -  5 pm

This course will provide biosafety professionals with a strong foundation in the topics of disinfection, sterilization, and inactivation that will have a direct benefit in carrying out their responsibilities. The course discussion will be on the history and current regulatory […]

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04 – BSL-3 Operations and Management

8 am  -  5 pm

This course will review the important aspects of the daily operation of a BSL-3 facility from two points of view—management of the facility and the daily operations. This assumes that you already have a facility built and have all required […]

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05 – Exercising Training: Making Biosafety Education Great Again

8 am  -  5 pm

If it doesn’t fit—you must uplift! As training has moved online, those working in laboratories and related settings are getting more directed teaching from sitting, reading, and listening, which is associated with less biosafety training in live sessions. Whether online […]

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October 14, 2017

Registration

7 am  -  5 pm

The Registration Desk will be open Friday through Wednesday from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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06 – Gene Editing and Risk Assessment: Application to IBC Protocol Review

8 am  -  5 pm

Gene editing technologies have been used for decades by scientists in the field of molecular genetics and recombinant DNA technology. Recently, with the discovery of CRISPR-Cas 9 gene editing, this field has expanded, and the ease to manipulate genes has […]

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07 – Engineering for the Biosafety Professional—Part I

8 am  -  5 pm

Proactive biosafety professionals need to be involved and knowledgeable in the operation, maintenance, and certification of containment facilities and building systems. The biosafety professional may be called upon to participate in the planning, design, and validation of a new biocontainment […]

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08 – Shipping infectious Substances Certification Course

8 am  -  5 pm

This course is appropriate for those who have some experience with infectious substance handling or shipping, but may not have been certified within the past three years. The course utilizes group discussions and interactive exercises focused on the essential areas […]

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09 – Building a Select Agent Program: Safety, Compliance, and Efficiency

8 am  -  5 pm

A successful Select Agent Program depends on ensuring personnel safety and maintaining regulatory compliance in an efficient manner. In the absence of efficiency, research can be unnecessarily hindered and regulatory compliance may become overly burdensome, which could lead to lapses […]

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10 – Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Basics

8 am  -  12 pm

This course will present the function and administration of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Delivered by expert staff from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy (OSP), IBC Basics will promote the professional development of those associated […]

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11 – Biocontainment Laboratory Operations

8 am  -  12 pm

This interactive and discussion-based course will discuss key insights and shared expertise in biocontainment facility start-up and operations from an operator’s point-of-view. We often hear from some of the best of architects and engineers on how to build or renovate […]

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12 – Introduction to Unique Biocontainment Challenges in Agriculture Research

1 pm  -  5 pm

Agriculture research laboratories must conduct work on important pathogens to develop technologies that reduce economic losses due to disease. Experiments including pathogens must be contained and prevented from introduction to the community, including spread to local agriculture production sites and […]

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13 – Human Gene Transfer—Biosafety Considerations

1 pm  -  5 pm

Recent advances in molecular biology have produced ground-breaking new technologies that are now making their way to the clinic with increasing frequency. Oncolytic viruses, CRISPR technology, CAR-T Cell therapy, and gene therapy for rare diseases are just some of the […]

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14 – Handling Critical Situations in Laboratories

1 pm  -  5 pm

Emergencies and critical situations will occur regardless of the workplace, institution, or country. Laboratories that have a biological risk assessment are not immune to accidents or emergencies. The handling of critical situations ensures responsiveness by the members of a laboratory […]

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October 15, 2017

Registration

7 am  -  5 pm

The Registration Desk will be open Friday through Wednesday from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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15 – Advanced Laboratory Design Principles and Practices

8 am  -  5 pm

This course will provide participants with an in-depth examination of key principles and practices for designing safe and efficient laboratories. It is intended for architects, designers, and biosafety professionals desiring a more comprehensive analysis of the laboratory design process. Participants […]

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16 – Leadership, Training, and Culture Development in Biosafety

8 am  -  5 pm

Leadership prepares, protects, and promotes the workforce and safety officer. Training not only prepares the workforce, it protects them and promotes safety throughout the organization. Blending the workforce, safety officer, and leadership with a common set of risks, rules, and […]

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17 – Integrating Biosecurity into Laboratory Biorisk Management Systems

8 am  -  5 pm

Biorisk management programs should be inclusive of well-developed biosafety and biosecurity elements. Many organizations with robust biosafety programs may not recognize a need to thoroughly integrate biosecurity into their existing biosafety programs. This course aims to provide biosafety professionals and […]

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18 – Naturally Occurring Biotoxins

8 am  -  12 pm

This course will review the various types and classification of naturally occurring biotoxins. The course will discuss factors affecting health and exposure and the increasing evidence linking exposure to environmental biotoxins to neurodegenerative disease. Objectives: Classify the various types and […]

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19 – Introduction to ANSI Z9.14: Testing and Performance Verification of BSL-3/ABSL-3 HVAC System

8 am  -  12 pm

ANSI Z9.14: “Testing and verification of the ventilation system of laboratories that operate at Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3)/Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) are necessary processes for ensuring that the performance and operation of the systems consistently maintain a safe environment […]

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20 – Practical Biosafety and Infection Control Considerations for Human Gene Transfer Studies

8 am  -  12 pm

This course will outline regulatory and safety challenges in conducting human gene transfer research and offer strategies to address them. The course will cover basic regulatory review and risk assessment for human gene transfer studies and expand on the practical […]

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21 – How to Respond to Emergency Scenarios in Biocontainment Laboratories

8 am  -  12 pm

It is important for biosafety professionals to understand how to respond to emergency response situations that could affect operations in containment laboratories. Emergency situations can affect a wide range of facility operations (electrical failures, plumbing, heating/ventilation/air conditioning [HVAC], etc.) and […]

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22 – Best Practices in Teaching Technical Topics

8 am  -  12 pm

Studies show that nearly 75% of the population fears public speaking. An HR salary study has determined that employees who make presentations earn an average of $9,000 per year more than employees who are not responsible for making presentations. Do […]

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ABSA International Forum

1 pm  -  4 pm
Chochiti/Taos

1:00 – 1:15 Welcome and Introduction Eric Cook, MPH, CBSP, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM Sophie Brocard, PhD, RBP, CBSP, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX Maureen O’Leary, PhD, CBSP, ABSA International President Gabriel O’Riordian, EBSA President 1:15 – […]

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23 – Contemporary Topics Affecting Biosafety Program Operations

1 pm  -  5 pm

The practice of biosafety is actually the convergence of a variety of professional disciplines, thus changes and developments that affect the field can emerge from various sources. This course is designed to address four contemporary issues confronting biosafety program operations: […]

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24 – Commissioning for the Containment Laboratory

1 pm  -  5 pm

Commissioning and/or the resulting documentation from the commissioning process of the biocontainment laboratory are not always clearly understood by the biosafety personnel. The biosafety officer will benefit by having a fundamental understanding of the commissioning process and the resulting documentation. […]

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25 – Speaking TIPS to Avoid Presentation Disaster

1 pm  -  5 pm

This course is designed to provide biosafety professionals with proven tools for preparing, organizing, and presenting effective presentations to a variety of audiences. Through a combination of lecture and participatory exercises, participants will gain confidence and enhance their speaking skills. […]

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26 – Clinical Laboratory Testing for High Consequence Pathogens in the Front Line, Assessment or Hospital Setting

1 pm  -  5 pm

Availability of clinical laboratory testing is critical for patient care with a Risk Group 4 high-consequence pathogen. The recent development of highly-specialized facilities in the United States to assess and treat patients with a highly-infectious disease has led to the […]

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27 – OSHA Regulations and Guidance Applicable to Laboratories: What’s Current and in Development?

1 pm  -  5 pm

An institution’s biosafety office often focuses on ensuring adherence to guidance documents such as the NIH Guidelines, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), and the CDC/USDA APHIS Regulations for Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT). There may not be […]

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28 – Strategies to Customize and Streamline the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

1 pm  -  5 pm

Strategies to customize and streamline the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is intended to provide a deeper understanding and tools to assist experienced biosafety professionals, those new to the field, and research administrators tasked with interfacing or overseeing the IBC. An […]

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