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

Rapid scientific and technological advances continue to challenge the biosafety community in determining and establishing the appropriate practices and containment necessary to avoid exposure to the wide array of hazardous biological agents and materials found in the laboratory. This introductory […]

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

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 10

This course will have a fresh look at industry best practices and provide a fundamental understanding of the terminology, concepts, processes, standards, numbers, types of equipment, and furniture (as applicable) involved in the planning and design of animal research and […]

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03 – Shipping Infectious Substances Certification Course

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 6

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

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 7

In practice there is virtually no work setting where the occupational risks are limited solely to biological agents. Fire safety, occupational safety, and chemical safety risks are ubiquitous in laboratory and production settings, and sources of radiation can also be […]

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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

This course is a follow up to the BSL-3 Facility Operations and Management course. This advanced course will focus on detailed aspects of biocontainment operations of BSL-3, ABSL-3 and enhanced BSL-3 laboratories. It will cover developing risk assessments for biocontainment […]

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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

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 bringing unprecedented global impact in different industries starting […]

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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

Keeping a Select Agent program going can be difficult, especially in the face of ever-changing regulatory requirements (e.g., inactivation) and limited resources. Long-established procedures may suddenly become unacceptable, interrupting ongoing research, and frustrating laboratorians. Being prepared to deal with such […]

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08 – Laboratory Facility Programming and Design Best Practices

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 8/9

This course will offer an understanding of key principles underlying the programming and design of research and diagnostics laboratories. It is intended for architects, designers, and biosafety professionals desiring an increased awareness of the complexity and challenges associated with designing […]

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

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 10/11

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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10 – Introduction to Biosafety in the Clinical Setting

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm
Room 13

The clinical setting poses a different environment and culture than research laboratories. This course provides foundations for applying biosafety concepts in the clinical setting. Topics will include common issues and lessons learned pertaining to: clinical facilities including pharmacies, laboratories, clinics, […]

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11 – How to Respond to Emergency Scenarios in Biocontainment Laboratories

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm
Room 12

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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12 – An Evolving Culture: Biorisk Management in Clinical Laboratories

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Room 13

Clinical laboratories are unique environments. Their operations differ from those of academic (teaching) and research laboratories since the hazards associated with diagnostic specimens are almost always initially unknown. Serving as the frontline of defense for healthcare and public health systems, […]

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13 – Case Studies in Biocontainment Emergencies

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Room 12

This course will focus solely on applying knowledge of emergency response, HVAC, plumbing, electrical issues and potential occupational exposures to select case studies. The expectation for this course is that the topics in the case studies have either been covered […]

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October 14, 2018

14 – Advanced Topics in Biocontainment Challenges in Agriculture Research

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 7

Subject matter experts will review general biosafety, biocontainment, biosecurity, veterinary, and occupational health principles as they apply to agricultural research and that are relevant to consider in the design and performance of research activities involving agricultural species, pathogens, facilities, practices, […]

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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

Biorisk management programs should be implemented at any institution where the release, loss, or theft of biological material could result in serious negative consequences, such as harm to workers, the outside community, damage to institutional reputation, and/or financial/legal actions. This […]

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16 – Engineering For The Biosafety Professional Part II

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 10/11

In follow up to “Engineering for the Biosafety Professional-Part I,” this course demonstrates biocontainment engineering principles and their application to the proper operation and sustainability of a biocontainment laboratory. Included in the discussion will be concepts such as understanding various […]

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17 – Pathogen Inactivation Methods for Laboratory Applications

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 8/9

Safe handling of highly infectious agents or toxins should be of paramount importance to every laboratory within both clinical and research settings. Consequently, the best alternative to manipulating and analyzing biohazardous materials (frequently requiring a high-containment environment) is effective inactivation […]

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18 – Articulating the Value of Your Biosafety Program

8:00 am  -  5:00 pm
Room 6

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

8:00 am  -  12:00 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 and risk assessment for human gene transfer studies, and expand on the practical aspects […]

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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

From increased resolution to longer imaging sessions for live cell imaging to better in-vivo imaging techniques, the field of microscopy is rapidly changing. The types of fluorescent microscopes being developed today push the boundaries of physics, chemistry, and biology. In […]

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21 – ABSL-2 on the Farm

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm
Room 14

Researchers and biosafety professionals at institutions involved with agricultural research are often challenged to provide biosafety guidance for large animal ABSL-2 work without clear guidelines or regulations. This course will provide a framework for working with large animal ABSL-2 research, […]

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22 – Conducting Institution Biosafety and Security Inspections

8:00 am  -  12:00 pm
Room 3

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 must be presented to all appropriate individuals and […]

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

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Ballroom C1

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 to the NIH Guidelines and requiring IBC […]

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24 – HVAC Systems to Enhance BSL3 Facility Performance

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Room 14

Many features can be added to a BSL-3 laboratory HVAC system to increase its complexity, all with the purpose of improving the flexibility and resilience to function through a multitude of scenarios. The instructors of this course have discovered that […]

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25 – International Biocontainment Challenges

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Room 13

This course will begin with a brief review of the key principles underlying the design features of containment laboratories. Participants will be introduced to and have a discussion on the differences in prescriptive and performance based requirements. A discussion will […]

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26 – Promoting Biosafety and Biosecurity Through Effective Governance

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
Room 3

Discussion of the importance of ensuring institutions have robust and comprehensive biosafety and biosecurity governance structures in place. The course will include an overview of the roles and responsibilities of institutions, Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs), and Institutional Review Entities (IREs) […]

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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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