October 13-18, 2017

October 13-18, 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Scientific Program Abstracts | Poster Abstracts
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Saturday Courses

October 14, 2017


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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