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

November 20, 2019

Continental Breakfast in Foyer

7:00 am  -  08:00 am

Wednesday Morning

8:15 am  -  08:20 am

7:00 – 5:00 pm Registration

8:15 – 8:20 am


Master of Ceremonies: Melissa Mørland, MS, MBA, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), University of Maryland—Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Session XV: Biosafety Program Best Practices

8:20 am  -  09:40 am

Moderator: Noman Siddiqi, PhD, RBP(ABSA), Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

8:20 – 8:40 am

Small Actions Bigger Impact: Training Brings In-house Solution for Biosafety Issues

Saeed Khan, PhD, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan

8:40 – 9:00 am

Scavenging for Biosafety: How a Game Can Increase Program Awareness and Buy-in

Allen Helm, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

9:00 – 9:20 am

Implementing a Comprehensive Import Permit Program at a Large University

Aristea Lubar, BS, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA

9:20 – 9:40 am

Providing a Safe Lab Environment for Pregnant and Immunocompromised Laboratorians

Leyma P. De Haro, PhD, City of Albuquerque Environmental Health and Safety, Albuquerque, NM

Session XVI: Richard Knudsen Award

9:40 am  -  10:10 am
9:40 – 10:10 am

Introduction: Frank Novembre, PhD, RBP(ABSA), Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Presenter: TBD

Coffee Break

10:10 am  -  10:30 am

Session XVII: Biosafety Stewardship

10:30 am  -  11:50 am

Moderator: Kaci VanDalen, MS, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

10:30 – 10:50 am

Beyond the Lab: Increasing the Visibility of Biosafety and Biosecurity

Danielle A. Rintala, MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

10:50 – 11:10 am

Laboratory Leadership Service: Fostering a Culture of Safety Through Risk Management Training and Practice

Shaniece Theodore, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

11:10 – 11:30 am

Developing and Teaching a Biosafety Class

Robert P. Ellis, PhD, CBSP(ABSA), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

11:30 – 11:50 am

Establishing Yale’s Biosafety Stewardship Program

Shumin Bian, PhD, CSP, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Honor Awards and Special Recognition Luncheon

11:55 am  -  1:30 pm

Presenter: Dee Zimmerman, Galveston, TX

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 Biological Safety Professionals and Registered Biosafety Professionals

Thomas Boyle, RBP(ABSA), Rowan University, Stratford, NJ
Su-Hwi Hung-Cunliffe, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), Lansdowne, PA

Session XVIII: Let’s Focus on Engineering Controls

1:35 pm  -  2:55 pm

Moderator: Kelly Flint, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), National Institutes of Health, Frederick, MD

1:35 – 1:55 pm

Don’t Get Steamed About Autoclaving: Case Studies and Recommendations

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

1:55 – 2:15 pm

Technical and Animal Preparation Parameters During Performance Qualification for Successful Steam Sterilization of Large Animal Carcasses

Jan Schinkothe, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald Insel Riems, Germany

2:15 – 2:35 pm

BSC Mythbusters: Can 2+ People Work in a BSC Safely?

Kara Held, PhD, Baker, Sanford, ME

2:35 – 2:55 pm

Novel Validation Method for Evaluating Biocontainment of Cell Sorting Flow Cytometers

Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP(ABSA), Yale University, New Haven, CT


Coffee Break

3:00 pm  -  3:20 pm

Session XIX: BSL-3/BSL-4

3:20 pm  -  4:40 pm

Moderator: Cristine Lawson, PhD, RBP(ABSA), US Department of Defense, Fort Detrick, MD

3:20 – 3:40 pm

Validation and Utility of a Bleach-based Chemical Effluent Decontamination System (CEDS) for Biocontainment Laboratories

David Harbourt, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, MD

3:40 – 4:00 pm

Spores or Not Spores, ‘Tis the Question: Considerations for Biological Verification and Technical Feasibility of Room Fumigations

Daniel Kümin, PhD, Basler & Hofmann AG, Esslingen, Switzerland

4:00 – 4:20 pm

Large-scale Decontamination and Decommissioning of a Vintage High-Containment Effluent Decontamination System (EDS), Planning Through Execution

Fahim Manzur, MS, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Orient Point, NY

Close of Conference

4:40 pm

Master of Ceremonies

President-Elect: Melissa Mørland, MS, MBA, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA), SM(NRCM), University of Maryland—Baltimore, Baltimore, MD