November 15-20, 2019

November 15-20, 2019

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama


Scientific Program Abstracts
(Abstracts are on locked PDF documents. Passwords will be distributed by the ABSA office.)

Monday Scientific Program

November 18, 2019

Continental Breakfast in Foyer

7:00 am  -  8:00 am

Monday Morning

8:00 am  -  8:25 am

7:00 – 5:00 pm Registration
9:00 – 4:00 pm Vendor Exhibits

8:00 – 8:15 am

Welcome and ABSA International President’s Address

Master of Ceremonies: Dee Zimmerman, Galveston, TX

8:15 – 8:20 am

Local Arrangements Committee Welcome

Debra Sharpe, MPH, RBP(ABSA), Sharpe Solutions International, LLC, Birmingham, AL

8:20 – 8:25 am

Scientific Program Committee Welcome

Jessica McCormick-Ell, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

Session I: Arnold G. Wedum Memorial Lecture Award

8:25 am  -  9:30 am

Introduction: Claudia Gentry-Weeks, PhD, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

8:25 – 9:30 am

Biosafety in Clinical Laboratories

Michael Pentella, PhD, D(ABMM), University of Iowa College of Public Health, Iowa City, IA

Exhibits, Posters, and Coffee Break

9:30 am  -  10:00 am

Session II: A Focus on Human Gene Therapy

10:00 am  -  11:00 am

Moderator: Justin Roth, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

10:00 – 10:20 am

The US Regulatory Environment is Evolving to Accommodate a Coming Boom in Gene Therapy Research

Daniel Eisenman, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), Advarra, Research Triangle Park, NC

10:20 – 10:40 am

Viral-mediated Gene Therapy and Genetically Modified Therapeutics: Occupational Safe Drug Handling in a Health System Pharmacy

Jill E. Blind, PharmD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

10:40 – 11:00 am

Biosafety Challenges with the Use of Viral-mediated Gene Therapy in a Healthcare Setting

Alex M. Brown, BS, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Session III: Behavior Enhancing Compliance

11:00 am  -  12:00 pm

Moderator: Betsy Matos, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), Iowa State University, Ames, IA

11:00 – 11:20 am

Biosafety Critical Task Analysis as a Means to Mitigate Human Failure in a High-Containment Facility

Anna E. Lawton, BSc, The Pirbright Institute, Pirbright, Woking, United Kingdom

11:20 – 11:40 am

Managing Goal Conflicts in a Biomedical Research Laboratory

Viji Vijayan, RBP(ABSA), Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore, Singapore

11:40 – 12:00 pm

Transitioning from Lagging to Leading Indicators: How a Near Miss Program is Changing Safety Culture

Monica Lurtz, PhD, WuXi AppTec, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibits, Posters, and Lunch

12:00 pm  -  1:30 pm

Session IV: Poster Session

12:00 pm  -  1:30 pm

Presenters must be available during the session.

Session V: Invited Speaker

1:30 pm  -  2:30 pm

Introduction: Anthony Troiano, PhD, RBP(ABSA), Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc., Newton, MA

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Making Your Biosafety Message Stick!

Robert Emery, DrPH, CBSP(ABSA), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX


Session VI: Emerging Issues in Biosafety

3:00 pm  -  4:00 pm

Moderator: Michele Howard, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

3:00 – 3:20 pm

Risk Assessment and Facility Containment for Research with Gene Drive Arthropods

Sheryl Major, University of California-San Diego, San Diego, CA

3:20 – 3:40 pm

Prion-like Proteins: Implementation of IBC Oversight

Susan Vleck, PhD, RBP(ABSA), Stanford University, Stanford, CA

3:40 – 4:00 pm

Microbial Aerosols in the Modern Microbiology Laboratory

Allan Bennett, MSc, Public Health England, Porton Down, Salisbury, United Kingdom

Section VII: Interesting Topics in Biosafety

4:00 pm  -  5:00 pm

Moderator: Larry Mendoza, RBP(ABSA), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

4:00 – 4:20 pm

Differences in BSO Roles in the Pharmaceutical Industry Versus Academic Laboratories

Rebecca McGirr, MS, RBP(ABSA), Sanofi Pasteur Limited, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

4:20 – 4:40 pm

Liquid Nitrogen Storage in a High-Containment Laboratory-Why AAHL is Moving Away from It

Shane Riddell, CSIRO-Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

4:40 – 5:00 pm

Utility of the Incident Command System in Laboratory Emergency Management

Kaci VanDalen, MS, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Members’ Business Meeting

5:00 pm  -  Close