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2020 MABioN Election Results

The results are in and the MABioN Executive Council for 2020-2022 is as follows: PresidentSteven Ziegenfuss, RBP (Biosafety Specialist @ Iowa State University) President-Elect: Andrea D. Hall, PhD, SM(NRCM), CBSP (Biological Safety Officer, Director @ Northwestern University) Secretary: Kara Sarchet, PhD (Assistant Biological Safety Officer @ Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)) Treasurer: Anne Dombroski-Brokman, M.S., RBP (Biosafety Specialist @ Iowa State University) Councilor-At-Large: Allen Helm, PhD, CBSP, RBP (Biosafety Officer @ University of Chicago) Councilor-At-Large: Travis McCarthy, PhD, RBP (Facility Manager, Lead Biosafety Professional @ University of Missouri Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research) Councilor-At-Large: Dan Hammersley, ASP (Laboratory Safety Officer @ Public Health Laboratory, Minnesota Department of Health) Past-PresidentBrandy Nelson, MS, CBSP, SM(NRCM) (Biosafety Officer @ University of Kentucky)

Important 2020 Symposium Announcement

Because it’s now more important than ever, the 16th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium will still be held, just not in-person and not August 3-5, 2020 in Ann Arbor, MI. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our annual Biosafety Symposium will be held remotely through our GoToWebinar platform. You can still participate, present, and attend – and get CM points from ABSA – but you can do it from home or office.

Happy New Year! MABioN Membership renewal process

Happy 2020! MABioN website sent out automatic notifications for membership renewal to all members last night. I am sure many of you can't wait to pay for the membership fee! Due to the system change last year, there may be some confusion between the "Subscription" and "Membership" tabs in your account page. Please follow the procedure below for membership renewal.

MABioN Member Lapel Pin Survey

We have decided to provide a MABioN lapel pin to all paid members starting this year.  However, we need to know how you would like to get your pin.  Please complete the survey in this post.

14th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium photos and presentations available to all attendees
The approved photos and presentations for the 14th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium are now available on MABioN website. All files are housed in member-only section of this website. You will not be able to see the corresponding tabs and files if you are not an active member. The photos are located under Event > Photo Gallery. The presentations can be accessed either in direct file format under Membership > Documents or in a schedule format under the Events > Symposium link. New this year, all symposium attendees are provided free membership for the remainder of 2018. If you attended the symposium and would like to activate your membership, please register by clicking the "Log in" button on the upper right, followed by completing the "Register" process. Submit a contact form with your "Username" and put "2018 symposium membership activation" in comments and your account will be activated in 24hrs.
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We represent a group of professionals dedicated to the field of biosafety within the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Great Plains regions of the United States.


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The mission of the ASM is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.  Microbiology is the main fields where Biosafety is essential.

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDSs) are technical documents that describe the hazardous properties of a human pathogen and recommendations for work involving these agents in a laboratory setting.

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Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) quickly became the cornerstone of biosafety practice and policy in the United States upon first publication in 1984.

NIH Guidelines

The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) detail safety practices and containment procedures for basic and clinical research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules.

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Select Agents

The Federal Select Agent Program is jointly comprised of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Select Agents and Toxins and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services/ Agriculture Select Agent Services. The Federal Select Agent Program oversees the possession, use and transfer of biological select agents and toxins, which have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health or to animal or plant products.


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