October 13-18, 2017

October 13-18, 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Scientific Program

October 15, 2017

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 – 1:45

International Norms for Biosafety

Gigi Gronvall, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

1:45 – 2:15

What is the United States Government doing to Promote Biosafety and Biosecurity

Karen Zimmerman, PhD, Biosecurity Engagement Program, Washington, DC

2:15 – 3:15

International Project Talks

3:15 – 3:30

Q&A-International Task Force Survey Results

3:30 – 4:00

Poster Session/Networking

New Member Reception

5:30 pm  -  6:30 pm

Opening Reception

6:30 pm  -  8 pm
Exhibit Hall

October 16, 2017

Registration

7 am  -  5 pm

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

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

7 am  -  8 am
Exhibit Hall

Monday Morning

8 am  -  8:30 am
8:00 – 8:15 am

Welcome and ABSA President’s Address

Master of Ceremonies: Maureen O’Leary, PhD, CBSP, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

8:15 – 8:20 am

Local Arrangements Committee Welcome

Jennifer Gaudioso, PhD, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

8:20 – 8:25 am

Scientific Program Committee Welcome

Betsy Matos, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

8:25 – 8:30 am

ABSA International Historical Address

Joseph Kozlovac,  RBP, CBSP

Session I: Arnold G. Wedum Memorial Lecture Award

8:30 am  -  9:30 am

Introduction: Jessica McCormick-Ell, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

8:30 – 9:30 am

The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers (PDF, 41MB)

Ali Khan, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Session II: Behavior/Enhancing Compliance

9:30 am  -  10:30 am

Moderator: Judy LaDuc, RBP, University of Massachusetts—Amherst, Amherst, MA

9:30 – 9:50 am

Laboratory-acquired Infections (PDF, 791KB)

Karen Byers, MS, RBP, CBSP, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

9:50 – 10:10 am

A Change in Climate Can Lead to a Better Safety Culture (PDF, 13.8MB)

Kimberly DiGiandomenico, MS, RBP, MedImmune, LLC, Gaithersburg MD

10:10 – 10:30 am

A Holistic Research Safety Approach Improves Laboratory Safety Culture (PDF, 4.3MB)

Esmeralda Meyer, MD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Session III: International Biosafety

11 am  -  1:30 pm

Moderator: Kalpana Rengarajan, PhD, JM, RBP, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

11:00 – 11:20 am

Developing Biorisk Management Systems in the Middle East and Africa Through Project-based Mentoring—The Twinning Program (PDF, 4.2MB)

Eric Cook, MPH, CBSP, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

11:20 – 11:40 am

Establishment of Safety Culture Awareness for Field Veterinarians at the Animal Health Research Institute—Benha Branch (PDF, 12.7MB)

Ali Asy, PhD, Animal Health Research Institute, Benha, Egypt

11:40 – 12:00 pm

Biosafety of Work Environment in Natural Foci of Especially Dangerous Infections in Kazakhstan (PDF, 16.3MB)

Svetlana Issayeva, Aral Anti-Plague Station, Aralsk, Kazakhstan

Exhibits, Posters, and Lunch

12 pm  -  1:30 pm

Session IV: Poster Session

12:30 pm  -  1:30 pm

Presenters must be available during the session.

Session V: Inactivation and Decontamination

1:30 pm  -  2:30 pm

Moderator: Shirly Mildiner-Earley, PhD, CBSP, SM(NRCM), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

1:30 – 1:50 pm

Summary of Validated and Verified Viral Inactivation Methods (PDF, 17.4MB)

David Harbourt, PhD, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, MD

1:50 – 2:10 pm

Using the Highlight Disinfectant Color Additive to Confirm Coverage and Contact Time for Any Decontamination Process (PDF, 12MB)

Jason Kang, Kinnos, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

2:10 – 2:30 pm

Improving Decontamination Processes for Laboratory Waste (PDF, 8.8MB)

Aufra Araujo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Session VI: Biosafety Program Management

2:30 pm  -  3:30 pm

Moderator: Cristine Lawson, PhD, RBP, National Institutes of Health, Fort Detrick, MD

2:30 – 2:50 pm

Agricultural and Plant Biosafety Program Management at Rutgers University (PDF, 4MB)

Aparupa Sengupta, PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

2:50 – 3:10 pm

Looking Beyond the Risk Group: Risk Assessment Challenges in Models of Emerging, Re-emerging, and Zoonotic Disease (PDF, 9.3MB)

Molly Stitt-Fischer, PhD, CBSP, SM(NRCM), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

3:10 – 3:30 pm

BSL-2 Laboratories Accreditation Program Implementation in Northwestern University Labs (PDF, 3.3MB)

Iwona Spath, RBP, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Session VII: Regulatory Issues

4 pm  -  5 pm

Moderator: Francine Rogers, MS, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Boston, MA

4:00 – 4:20 pm

Implementation of the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act and Regulations: A Year of Transition (PDF, 3MB)

Cinthia Labrie, MSc, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

4:20 – 4:40 pm

Establishing Safety Standards Across the Growing DIYbio and Community Biotech Laboratory Landscape (PDF, 7.7MB)

Todd Kuiken, PhD, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

4:40 – 5:00pm

Surviving the OSHA Audit (PDF, 851KB)

David Casavant, The Sustainable Workplace Alliance, Lake Wales, FL

Members’ Business Meeting

5 pm  -  Close

Door prizes will be awarded—must be present to win.

NIH Town Hall Meeting

6 pm  -  7 pm
Mesilla

October 17, 2017

Registration

7 am  -  5 pm

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

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

7 am  -  8 am
Exhibit Hall

Tuesday Morning

8 am  -  8:10 am
8:00 – 8:05 am

Welcome

Master of Ceremonies: Patrick Condreay, PhD, RBP, pc Biosafety Consulting Services, LLC, Carrboro, NC

8:05 – 8:10 am

ABSA International Historical Address

Speaker: TBD

Session VIII: Griffin Lecture Award

8:10 am  -  9:25 am
8:10 – 8:25 am

Introduction: Caryl Griffin, MSN, MDiv, Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, Kingsport, TN

8:25 – 9:25 am

A journey of biological risks between compliance and risk optimisation (PDF, 13.4MB)

Uwe Mueller-Doblies, PhD, Merck Sharpe & Dohme Limited, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Session IX: Training

9:25 am  -  10:25 am

Moderator: Anil Saxena, RBP, Booz Allen Hamilton, Rockville, MD

9:25 – 9:45 am

Development and Implementation of a Customized BSL-3 Safety Training Program (PDF, 5.1MB)

Michele Edenfield, MS, RBP, Booz Allen Hamilton, Atlanta, GA

9:45 – 10:05 am

Developing a Situation-based Training (PDF, 5.1MB)

Gabriel Ó Riordain, CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

10:05 – 10:25 am

Biosafety Training for iGEM Students (PDF, 5.7MB)

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

Exhibits, Posters, and Coffee Break

10:25 am  -  10:55 am

Session X: Eagleson Lecture Award

11 am  -  12 pm
11:00 – 12:00 pm

Introduction: Mary Ann Sondrini, Eagleson Institute, Sanford, ME

Dark Life: The Microbiology of Extreme Cave Environments

Hazel Barton, PhD, University of Akron, Akron, OH

Session XI: Poster Session

1 pm  -  2 pm

Presenters must be available during the session.

Session XII: Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

2 pm  -  3 pm

Moderator: Shelley Jones, MS, RBP, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Beyond the 15 Agents—Should Your Institution Review Life Science Research for Potential DURC? (PDF, 289KB)

Rebecca Moritz, MS, CBSP, SM(NRCM), University of Wisconsin—Madison, Madison, WI
Robert Ellis, PhD, CBSP, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Dual Use Research of Concern Panel Question and Answer

Panelists: Robert Ellis, PhD, CBSP, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Kathryn Harris, PhD, RBP, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Rebecca Moritz, MS, CBSP, SM(NRCM), University of Wisconsin—

Madison, Madison, WI

Session XIII: Emergency Response

3:30 pm  -  5 pm

Moderator: Peili Zhu, MD, PhD, RBP, University of California—San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

3:30 – 3:50 pm

Broadening Perspectives: Interagency Emergency Response Exercises Between the National Guard, Civilian Agencies, and Academic Institutions (PDF, 6.8MB)

Marcia Finucane, CBSP, University of Colorado—Denver, Aurora, CO

3:50 – 4:10 pm

Conducting a Multi-agency, Multi-jurisdictional, Full-scale Exercise at a Biofacility

Brian O’Shea, PhD, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH

4:10 – 4:30 pm

The Department of Defense Response to Shipments of Incomplete Inactivated Bacillus anthracis Spores

Michael Chute, RBP, Department of Defense, Frederick, MD

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Tulane University: Response to Tier 1 Agent Release

Angela Birnbaum, RBP, CBSP, Tulane University, Covington, LA


Banquet at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

6:30 pm  -  8 pm
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Tuesday evening’s event will be held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Our evening will include an opportunity to visit the museum and to see traditional Pueblo dances. Sample a variety of traditional Puebloan foods and enjoy visiting with your colleagues in the courtyard around fragrant piñon fire pits or listening to a local band on the patio. There are 19 Pueblo tribes in New Mexico and each Pueblo is a sovereign nation. Today Pueblo people are located primarily in New Mexico; however, at one time their homeland reached into what is now Colorado and Arizona, where they founded dwellings and trading centers like those located at Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico and Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado. Much of New Mexico’s famed cuisine is rooted in the agrarian Pueblo tradition where chile, squash, beans, and corn were grown. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center created as a place where Pueblo people can tell their story. Please join us for this uniquely New Mexican evening.

Banquet Information Flyer

October 18, 2017

Registration

7 am  -  5 pm

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

Continental Breakfast

7 am  -  8:10 am

Wednesday Morning

8:10 am  -  8:20 am
8:10 – 8:15 am

Welcome

Master of Ceremonies: President-Elect: TBD

8:15 – 8:20 am

ABSA International Historical Address (PDF, 465KB)

John Balog, RBP

Session XIV: Invited Speaker

8:20 am  -  9:20 am
8:20 – 9:20 am

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

Who’s Behind the Wheel? CRISPR, Gene Drives and Where We’re Going (PDF, 6.9MB)

James Carney, PhD, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Coffee Break

9:20 am  -  9:50 am

Session XV: Richard Knudsen Award

9:50 am  -  10:20 am

Session XVI: Human Gene Transfer

10:20 am  -  11:30 am

Moderator: Jacqueline Wagner, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

10:20 – 10:35 am

Development of Resources for Human Gene Transfer (HGT) Clinical Trials in Response to 2016 NIH Guidelines Revision (PDF, 7.8MB)

Andrew Maksymowych, PhD, RBP, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

10:35 – 10:50 am

Biosafety Concerns for Human Gene Transfer Studies (PDF, 3.5MB)

Peili Zhu, PhD, RBP, University of California—San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

10:50 – 11:05 am

The IBC’s Role in Facilitating Human Gene Transfer in Multicenter Clinical Trials (PDF, 141KB)

Daniel Kavanagh, PhD, WCG Biosafety, Brookline, MA

11:05 – 11:30 am

Human Gene Transfer Panel Question and Answer

Panelists:
Daniel Kavanagh, PhD, WCG Biosafety, Brookline, MA
Andrew Maksymowych, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Jessica Tucker, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Peili Zhu, MD, PhD, RBP, University of California—San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Session XVII: Facility Biosafety

2 pm  -  3 pm

Moderator: Darlene Ward, RBP, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2:00 – 2:20 pm

Keep It Simple—BSL-3 Laboratory Ventilation Systems (PDF, 271KB)

Daniel Cook, Cornerstone Commissioning, Boxford, MA

2:20 – 2:40 pm

Decontamination with Cold Plasma Activated Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide: Does It Behave Like a Gas? (PDF, 9.2MB)

Miguel Grimaldo, MEng, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

2:40 – 3:00 pm

Colombian National Institute of Health—BSL-2/ABSL-2 Laboratory and Specific Pathogen Free Facility Commissioning Process (PDF, 20.8MB)

Lia Vizotti, World BioHazTec Corp, Bogotá, Colombia

Coffee Break

3 pm  -  3:30 pm

Session XVIII: Biosafety Promotion and Development

4 pm  -  5 pm

Moderator: Kelly Flint, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), National Institutes of Health, Fort Detrick, MD

4:00 – 4:20 pm

Building a User-friendly Biosafety Program from Scratch (PDF, 3.2MB)

Ray Scheetz, MS, RBP, Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

4:20 – 4:40 pm

Disseminating Biosafety Information to the Nonscientist (PDF, 4MB)

Lolly Gardiner, MRIGlobal, Gaithersburg, MD

4:40 – 5:00 pm

From Scratch to the Establishment of the Center of Excellence for Training of Biosafety and Biosecurity in Pakistan: Things Can Be Done (PDF, 44.2MB)

Saeed Khan, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi Pakistan

Close of Conference

5 pm

Master of Ceremonies
President-Elect: TBD