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.)

Tuesday Scientific Program

November 19, 2019

Continental Breakfast in Foyer

7:00 am  -  8:00 am

Tuesday Morning

8:00 am  -  8:05 am

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

8:00 – 8:05 am


Master of Ceremonies: David Gillum, MS, RBP(ABSA), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Session VIII: Griffin Lecture Award

8:05 am  -  8:05 am
8:05 – 8:15 am

Caryl Griffin, MSN, MDiv, Affiliate Elizabeth R. Griffin Program, Kingsport, TN
Julie Fischer, PhD, Elizabeth R. Griffin Program, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC

8:15 – 9:15 am

Laboratory Biosafety: The Leader’s Role

David Franz, DVM, PhD, Former Commander, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Gettysburg, PA

Exhibits, Posters, and Coffee Break

10:20 am  -  10:50 am

Session X: Eagleson Lecture Award

10:50 am  -  11:50 am

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

The Challenge of Arthropod Biocontainment in the Non-model Organism World: Mosquitoes, Gene Drive, and Beyond

Zachary Adelman, PhD, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Exhibits, Posters, and Lunch

11:50 am  -  1:20 pm

Session XI: Poster Session

12:20 pm  -  1:20 pm

Presenters must be available during the session.

Session XII: Regulatory Updates

1:20 pm  -  2:20 pm

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

1:20 – 1:40 pm

Update from the NIH Office of Science Policy

Kathryn L. Harris, PhD, RBP(ABSA), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

1:40 – 2:00 pm

USDA APHIS PPQ Containment Facilities and Pest Permits Overview

Gregg Goodman, MS, US Department of Agriculture-APHIS PPQ, Riverdale, MD

2:00 – 2:20pm

Enhancing Partnerships to Promote Biosafety and Biosecurity

Patricia Delarosa, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), US Department of Health & Human Services, Washington, DC


Session XIII: Global Interest Topics

2:50 pm  -  3:50 pm

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

2:50 – 3:10 pm

Development and Implementation of a Ladderized Biosafety Training Program at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine of the Department of Health-Philippines

Plebeian Bautista Medina, MS, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Muntinlupa, Philippines

3:10 – 330 pm

Biosafety and Biosecurity Measures in the Epidemiological Surveillance of Rabies Virus and Other Lyssaviruses in Mexico

Luis Alberto Ochoa Carrera, MS, Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE), Mexico City, Mexico

3:30 – 3:50 pm

Proposals to Mitigate the Risk of Deliberate Contamination of Blood Transfusion Components in Tunisia

Adam Ben Nasr, MS, Faculte de Pharmacie de Monastir, Monastir, Tunisia

Session XIV: Public Health

3:50 pm  -  4:50 pm

Moderator: Dawn Wooley, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), Wright State University, Dayton, OH

3:50 – 4:10 pm

Implementation of WHO Global Action Plan III Containment Certification for US Poliovirus Type 2 Laboratories

Christy Ottendorfer, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

4:10 – 4:30 pm

Enhancement of Biosafety and Biosecurity in Tanzania Through Surveillance, Risk Assessment, and Identification of Select Agents in Bushmeat

Robab Katani, PhD, Penn State University, University Park, PA

4:30 – 4:50 pm

Adapting Laboratory Level Biosecurity Measures to Support Systems-Level Awareness, Prevention, Response, and Recovery Efforts of Infectious Disease

Samantha Dittrich, MPH, Merrick & Company, Arlington, VA

Banquet at the Barber Motorsports Museum

6:00 pm  -  10:00 pm

Barber Motorsports MuseumThe Barber Motorsports Park was built by George Barber and includes the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum, which has been named “World’s Largest Motorcycle Museum” by the Guinness World Records. With its creative architecture and great attention to detail, the museum is home to over 1,400 motorcycles that span over 100 years of production. More than 650 bikes can be seen on any given day, and 200 different manufacturers from 20 countries are represented in the collection-from Harley-Davidson, Honda, and Indian-to Showa, DSK, and Cagiva. We hope you will join us for live music, a buffet of southern dishes (with vegetarian options), and some amazing rides.