October 12-17, 2018

October 12-17, 2018

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

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Professional Development Courses

October 12, 2018

01 – Basic Risk Assessment

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 8/9

Chad Austin, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center—Houston, Houston, TX Anne-Sophie Brocard, PhD, RBP, CBSP, University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston, Galveston, TX Brandon Hatcher, PhD, GlaxoSmithKline, Vaccines R&D, Rockville, MD Rapid scientific and technological advances continue to challenge the […]

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02 – Animal Research + Biocontainment Facilities: Planning, Design, and Operation

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 10

Michael Clements, MBA, PE, WorkingBuildings, Atlanta, GA Sarah Ziegler, PhD, RBP, Sarah Ziegler Consulting, San Antonio, TX Jeffrey Zynda, Perkins and Will, Boston, MA This course will have a fresh look at industry best practices and provide a fundamental understanding […]

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03 – Shipping Infectious Substances Certification Course

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 6

Eric Cook, MPH, CBSP, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM 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 […]

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04 – The Essentials of Health and Safety at the Boundaries of Biosafety

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 7

Bruce Brown, DrPH CBSP, University of Texas—Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX Robert Emery, DrPH, CBSP, University of Texas Health Science Center—Houston, Houston, TX Scott Patlovich, DrPH CBSP, University of Texas Health Science Center—Houston, Houston, TX In practice there is virtually […]

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Biological Safety for First Responders

9:00 am  -  11:30 am

The course is being provided FREE of charge to the First Responder community by ABSA International. Participation is limited. This course will be a great opportunity for the Charleston area First Responders, public health officials and the local biological safety […]

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Biological Safety for First Responders

1:00 pm  -  3:30 pm

The course is being provided FREE of charge to the First Responder community by ABSA International. Participation is limited. This course will be a great opportunity for the Charleston area First Responders, public health officials and the local biological safety […]

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October 13, 2018

05 – Advance BSL-3 Facility Operations

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 6/7

Miguel Grimaldo, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX Paul Jennette, MS, PE, RBP, CBSP, Cornell Universtiy College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY John Henneman, MS, RBP, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS This course is a follow up to the […]

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06 – Emerging Technologies in Agricultural and Plant Sector: Biosafety and Biosecurity Challenges and Risk Management

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 14

Aparupa Sengupta, PhD, University of California—Merced, Merced, CA Global food security and enhancement of food quality has been a pressing issue worldwide. Recent advent of powerful technologies in the bio-world (such as gene editing tool CRISPR) have the potential of […]

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07 – Keeping it Going: Maintaining and Improving a Select Agent Program Over the Long-Term

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 3

Amy Vogler, PhD, RBP, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ Shelley Jones, MS, RBP, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ Keeping a Select Agent program going can be difficult, especially in the face of ever-changing regulatory requirements (e.g., inactivation) and limited resources. […]

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08 – Laboratory Facility Programming and Design Best Practices

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 8/9

William Arndt, PhD, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM Vibeke Halkjaer-Knudsen, PhD, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM Jeffrey Owens, MPH, CBSP, SM(NRCM), CSP, Assoc. AIA, HDR, Inc., Atlanta, GA This course will offer an understanding of key principles underlying the programming […]

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

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 10/11

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

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10 – Introduction to Biosafety in the Clinical Setting

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm
Room 13

Daniel Eisenman, PhD, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Advarra, Research Triangle Park, NC Jamie Chalfin, BA, CCRP, Advarra, Cincinnati, OH The clinical setting poses a different environment and culture than research laboratories. This course provides foundations for applying biosafety concepts in the […]

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11 – How to Respond to Emergency Scenarios in Biocontainment Laboratories

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm
Room 12

David Harbourt, PhD, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, Fort Detrick, MD David Cooke, MAIS, MAEM, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, Glynco, GA It is important for biosafety professionals to understand how to respond to […]

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12 – An Evolving Culture: Biorisk Management in Clinical Laboratories

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Room 13

Danielle Daniely, PhD, RBP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA Drew Fayram, MS, HLI, University of Iowa Research Park, Coralville, IA Natasha Griffith, MS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA Elizabeth Weirich, MS, CBSP, Centers for […]

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13 – Case Studies in Biocontainment Emergencies

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Room 12

David Harbourt, PhD, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, Fort Detrick, MD This course will focus solely on applying knowledge of emergency response, HVAC, plumbing, electrical issues and potential occupational exposures to select case studies. […]

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October 14, 2018

14 – Advanced Topics in Biocontainment Challenges in Agriculture Research

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 7

Nick Chaplinski, MS, RBP, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Athens, GA Susan Harper, DVM, DACLAM, DACVPM, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD Joseph Kozlovac, MS, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD Kirk Martin, DPM, CBSP, USDA Animal and […]

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15 – Integrating Biosecurity into Biorisk Management Systems: A Threat Assessment Scenario-driven Approach

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 12

Ryan Burnette, PhD, Merrick and Company, Greenwood Village, CO Don Callihan, PhD, Merrick and Company, Greenwood Village, CO Lauren Richardson, DVM, Merrick and Company, Greenwood Village, CO Chuck Tobin, CTM, At-Risk International, Boca Raton, FL Biorisk management programs should be […]

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16 – Engineering For The Biosafety Professional Part II

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 10/11

Brynte Johnson, MS, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), World BioHazTec Corporation, Rockville, MD Juan Osorio, IE, World BioHazTec, Rockville, MD In follow up to “Engineering for the Biosafety Professional-Part I,” this course demonstrates biocontainment engineering principles and their application to the proper […]

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17 – Pathogen Inactivation Methods for Laboratory Applications

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 8/9

Christopher Sieradzki, PhD, RBP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA Eduardo Gomez, PhD, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA Safe handling of highly infectious agents or toxins should be of paramount importance to […]

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18 – Articulating the Value of Your Biosafety Program

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 6

Robert Emery, DrPH, CBSP, University of Texas Health Science Center—Houston, Houston, TX Scott Patlovich, DrPH CBSP, University of Texas Health Science Center—Houston, Houston, TX A recurrent challenge for biosafety professionals is the ability to garner necessary program resources. The basis […]

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

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm

Edward David, MPH, RBP, Celgene Corporation, San Diego, CA 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 and risk assessment for human […]

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20 – Risk Assessment Considerations for Cutting Edge Fluorescent Microscopy Techniques: Intersection of Laser and Biosafety

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm
Room 13

Jennifer Goodnight, MS, CPH, ASP, EMT-B, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, VA Larry Mendoza, MS, RBP, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA From increased resolution to longer imaging sessions for live cell imaging to better in-vivo imaging techniques, the field of […]

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21 – ABSL-2 on the Farm

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm
Room 14

Delena Mazzetti, MPH, RBP, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY Brandy Nelson, MS, CBSP, SM(NRCM), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY Researchers and biosafety professionals at institutions involved with agricultural research are often challenged to provide biosafety guidance for large animal ABSL-2 […]

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22 – Conducting Institution Biosafety and Security Inspections

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm
Room 3

James Blaine, PhD, James Blaine, Ltd., Atlanta, GA The assessment of safety and security of an institution’s biorisk requires a comprehensive inspection conducted at least annually and anytime there are major changes to the institution. The results of the inspection […]

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23 – Gene Editing, Logic Gates, and Synthetic Biology in Human Gene Transfer

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Ballroom C1

Daniel Kavanagh, PhD, WIRB-Copernicus Group, Brookline, MA Synthetic molecular biology involves the construction of novel artificial mechanisms to facilitate new biological functions. Some of these new mechanisms are now making their way into Human Gene Transfer (HGT) clinical trials, subject […]

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24 – HVAC Systems to Enhance BSL3 Facility Performance

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Room 14

Daniel Frasier, PE, CCP, Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc., Boxford, MA Daniel Cook, LEED AP, Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc., Exeter, NH Many features can be added to a BSL-3 laboratory HVAC system to increase its complexity, all with the purpose of improving the […]

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25 – International Biocontainment Challenges

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Room 13

Jeffrey Owens, MPH, CBSP, SM(NRCM), CSP, Assoc. AIA, HDR, Inc., Atlanta, GA Natasha Griffith, MS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA Vibeke Halkjaer-Knudsen, Sandia Natiional Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM William Arndt, PhD, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM This course […]

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26 – Promoting Biosafety and Biosecurity Through Effective Governance

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Room 3

Kathryn Harris, PhD, RBP, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD Michelle McKinney, MS, CBSP, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD Kevin Ramkissoon, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD Discussion of the importance of ensuring institutions have robust and comprehensive […]

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International Session

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Ballroom C2/C3

Please join us for a special session on Sunday afternoon before the Opening Reception. The focus will be on the challenges of maintaining sustainable and durable international outreach efforts in biosafety and biosecurity. The session runs from 1:00 – 5:00 pm […]

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