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.)

Wednesday Scientific Program

October 17, 2018

Wednesday Morning

8:15 am  -  8:20 am
7:00 – 5:00 pm Registration
8:15 – 8:20 am


Master of Ceremonies: President-Elect: TBD

Session XIV: Invited Speaker

8:20 am  -  9:20 am

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

Global Testbeds for Biosafety and Biosecurity Policy

Megan Palmer, PhD, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Coffee Break

9:20 am  -  9:40 am

Session XV: Richard Knudsen Award

9:40 am  -  10:05 am

Introduction: Francine Rogers, ALM, MS, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Boston, MA

A Framework for the Risk Assessment and Management of Gene Drive Technology in Contained Use (PDF, 2MB)

Cécile van der Vlugt, PHD

Session XVI: Biosafety Program Management

10:05 am  -  11:30 am

Moderator: Frank Novembre, PhD, RBP, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, Temple TX

10:05 – 10:25 am

Moving Biorisk Management from Individual Heroics to Institutional Excellence (PDF, 3MB)

LouAnn C. Burnett, CBSP, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

10:25 – 10:50 am

How Threat Management Compliments a Biorisk Program and Contributes to a Culture of Responsibility in Biological Laboratories

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

10:50 – 11:10 am

2018 Biosafety Month: ABSA International Responses to Members’ Needs (PDF, 13MB)

Eric Rouse, MS, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

11:10 – 11:30 am

Case Studies in Personnel Suitability and Their Wider Application to the Research Community (PDF, 2MB)

Kathryn F. Board, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Honor Awards and Special Recognition Luncheon

11:30 am  -  1:30 pm
Exhibit Hall A1

Presenter: Patrick Condreay, PhD, RBP, pc Biosafety Consulting Services, LLC, Carrboro, NC

Arnold G. Wedum Distinguished Achievement Award

Everett J. Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award

John H. Richardson Special Recognition Award

Scientific and Informational Poster Awards

Hashimoto Award for Service and Honor

Recognition of Certified Biosafety Professionals and Registered Biosafety Professionals
Presenters: Thomas P. Boyle, RBP, Rowan University, Stratford, NJ
Susan Cook, PhD, CBSP, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Session XVII: Biosafety Issues Associated with the Use of Laboratory Animals for Studying Emerging or Re-emerging Infectious Pathogens

1:30 pm  -  2:30 pm

Moderator: Esmeralda Meyer, MD, JM, RBP, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

1:30 – 1:40 pm

AAALAC’s Perspective on the Use of Novel Microbial Pathogens in Laboratory Animals (PDF, 2MB)

Gary Borkowski, DVM, DACLAM, AAALAC International, Frederick, MD

1:40 – 1:50 pm

Laboratory-acquired Infections Associated with the Use of Emerging or Re-emerging Microbial Pathogens in Laboratory Animals (PDF, 854KB)

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

1:50 – 2:00 pm

Training for Research, Veterinary, or Ancillary Personnel When Using Emerging Infectious Pathogens in Laboratory Animals (PDF, 3MB)

Nicole Duffee, DVM, PhD, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Memphis, TN

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Panel Question and Answer

Session XVIII: Agent Inactivation

2:30 pm  -  3:30 pm

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

2:30 – 2:50 pm

Decontamination of High-Containment Facilities by Peroxyacetic Acid Dry Fogging and the Failure of Commercial Spore Carriers

Jan Schinköthe, Friedrich-Loeffler Institute, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany

2:50 – 3:10 pm

Review of Necessary Practices for EPA Submission of a Hospital Disinfectant Using Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) (PDF, 1MB)

Helen Paxton, St. Francis Healthcare, Wilmington, DE

3:10 – 3:30 PM

Chlorine Dioxide Decontamination of Older Buildings—Is Dust Really an Issue? (PDF, 3MB)

Andrew Hill, CSIRO—Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Melbourne, Australia

Session XIX: Equipment in the Lab

3:50 pm  -  4:50 pm

Moderator: Allison Liljedahl, CBSP, University of California—Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

3:50 – 4:10 pm

BSC Mythbusters: Does Heat Really Affect My Protection? (PDF, 17MB)

Kara F. Held, PhD, Baker, Sanford, ME

4:10 – 4:30 pm

Centrifuge Biosafety or as My Rotor Turns (PDF, 4MB)

Brian Petuch, RBP, CBSP, Merck & Company, Inc., West Point, PA

4:30 – 4:50 pm

Validating Autoclave Cycles for Carcass Disposal in ABSL-2/3 Containment Laboratories (PDF, 4MB)

Rebecca McGirr, MS, RBP, Duke University, Durham, NC

Close of Conference

4:50 pm

Master of Ceremonies
President-Elect: TBD