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Aug 7-9, 2017 | 13th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium

7 August, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 9 August, 2017 @ 1:00 pm EDT

$25 – $145

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What is the Biosafety Symposium?

The Symposium is a two day conference for biosafety professionals and others involved in biosafety. The Symposium opens at 1pm on Monday and concludes after lunch on Wed. Presentations on various topics related to biosafety are planned for Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and Wed. morning. Come and network with biosafety professionals in the Midwest area and learn and share information about biosafety.

Symposium registration includes:

  • Breaks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Dinner Reception on Tues. Night.
  • Parking for one car on campus during the symposium

Dietary Restrictions:  When entering attendee information you can indicate any dietary restrictions/requirements you may have.

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Symposium registration prices will increase by $40 on July 11th July 17.  Register early to get the best price.

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Meeting Location:

Iowa Memorial Union, meeting room TBD

125 N Madison St,
Iowa City, IA 52245

  • Blocks from Iowa City’s downtown historical district, Pedestrian Mall, Old Capitol Museum, Natural History Museum, shopping and restaurants.





  • Registration will be open from 7-8am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday


  • Complementary parking and access to the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.

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Dinner social

Location: University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame


Details: The event will include dinner and drinks.

One ticket is included in the symposium registration fee.

Extra tickets can be purchased using the link below.


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    Aug 7, 2017

    Monday Pre-conference course

    7:00-8:00 amContinental Breakfast at Iowa House Hotel
    7:30-8:00 amRegistration – Iowa Memorial Union, Nebraska Room
    8:00-8:30 am Pre-conference course: Emergency Response in High Containment Laboratories
    David Harbourt, PhD, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Biosafety Officer, USAMRIID
    10:00-10:30 amBreak – Penn State Room
    10:30-12:00 pmPre-conference course cont.
    12:00-1:00 pmLunch –  Penn State Room* for preconference attendee only*

    Aug 7, 2017

    Monday Symposium open

    12:30-1:00 pmRegistration – Iowa Memorial Union, Nebraska Room
    1:00-1:30 pm Welcome
    Carol McGhan, MPH, CBSP, Director, Environmental Health & Safety, University of Iowa
    Heather Gipson, J.D., MA, CIM, Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance, University of Iowa
    1:30-2:00 pmABSA President
    Patrick Condreay, PhD , RBP
    2:00-2:30 pmConnecting Biotech Boundaries—Academia to Industry
    Sridhar Gopishetty, PhD, Technical Director, Center for Biocatalysis and BioProcessing, University of Iowa
    2:30-3:00 pmSafety Transmutation – From Specialist to Generalist
    Diane Rodi, PhD, OHST, FSSM(IL), Health, Safety and Environment, Argonne National Laboratory
    3:00-3:30 pmBreak – Penn State Room
    3:30-5:00 pmRoundtable: Increasing Biosafety Culture at your Institution
     Improving Safety Culture by Engaging Leadership
              Bridget Carruthers, PhD, The Ohio State University
    From Compliance Based to a Collaborative Safety Program
         Timothy Mulliger, Research Lab Safety Assessment Specialist, University of Louisville
         Rachel Cary, Research Lab Safety Training Specialist, University of Louisville
    Brandy Nelson, CBSP, Biosafety Officer, University of Kentucky
     5:00-5:30 pm MABioN Business meeting

    Aug 8, 2017

     Tuesday agenda

    7:00-8:00 amContinental Breakfast at Iowa House Hotel
    8:00-8:30 amSummary of Verified and Validated Viral Inactivation Methods
    David Harbourt, PhD, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Biosafety Officer, USAMRIID
     8:30-10:00 am Roundtable: Select Agent Program – challenges/trends
    Select Agent Drills from the Nightly News
         Matthew Anderson, PhD, RBP, Biosafety Officer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
         Torsten Hopp, PhD, RBP, Biosafety Officer, University of Louisville
    Select Agent Oversight at MU
         Travis McCarthy, PhD, RBP, Biosafety Officer, MU Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research
    10:00-10:30 amBreak – Penn State Room
    10:30-11:30 amManipulation of phagocyte function by Francisella tularensis
    Lee-Ann Allen, Ph.D., Professor, The University of Iowa
    11:30-12:00 pmDuke Infectious Disease Response Training – Worker Training Program (DIDRT WTP)
    Hsiang-Ming (Anthony) Wang, PhD, MBA, SM(NRCM), Biosafety Officer, University of Chicago
    12:00-1:00 pmLunch –  Penn State Room
    1:00-2:00 pm“RUh ROh” – Rule In/Rule Out of Isolates at The State Hygeinic Laboratory
    Wade Aldous, Ph.D., Clinical Lab Director – State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa
    2:00-3:00 pmA Series of Unfortunate Events: Brucella melitensis exposure in a clinical laboratory
    Drew Fayram, MS., Biosafety Officer – State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa
    3:00-3:30 pmBreak – Penn State Room
    3:30-4:00 pmClinical Trials and Tribulations: Practical Considerations for IBC Registration of Clinical Trials
    Holley Trucks, MT(AAB), RBP, Assistant Biosafety Officer,  University of Kentucky
    4:00-5:00 pm TBD
    William So, Policy Program Specialist, FBI

    Aug 9, 2017

    Wednesday agenda

    7:00-8:00 amContinental Breakfast at Iowa House Hotel
    8:00-8:30Animal Facility Design – Biosafety/Biosecurity considerations
    Jim Sheets, DVM, MPH, DACLAM, DACVPM, Attending Veterinarian and Director of Animal Resources, University of Iowa
    8:30-9:00 amSafe Generation of Aerosols during Inhalational Challenges
    Paul Anderson, PhD, Assoc. Director, University of Missouri Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research
    9:00-10:00 amBiosafety and Animal Use: Operational Issues
    David M. White, D.V.M., Ph.D., RBP, DACVM, Safety & Security Unit Leader, National Centers for Animal Health
    10:00-10:30 amBreak – Penn State Room
    10:30-12:00 pmRoundtable: Laboratory audits and Corrective Actions
    Joseph Hawk, Radiation Safety Specialist, University of Iowa
    Julie Johnson, PhD, CBSP, Biosafety Officer, Kansas State University
    Matthew Anderson, PhD, RBP, Biosafety Officer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    12:00 PMBox lunches provided
    Conference ends

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     Emergency Response in High Containment Laboratories


    David Harbourt, PhD, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM), Biosafety Officer, USAMRIID

    [/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1466789774132{margin-top: 15px !important;margin-bottom: 15px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column_text]It is important that biosafety professionals understand how to respond to emergency response situations that could affect operations in containment laboratories.  Emergency situations can affect a wide range of facility operations (electrical failures, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), etc.) and often occur with little or no warning to the biosafety professionals, scientific staff or support staff.  Biosafety professionals need to be able to thoroughly understand how their facility and personnel function during normal operations to aid in preparation for significant events.  In addition to understanding their facility and personnel, it is also vital for biosafety professionals to know who the key decision makers are in their facility for situations that could potentially result in short term and/or long term disruptions to operations.  By understanding how their facility is intended to function, who the key decision makers are and the critical information that is needed for the key decision makers during emergency scenarios, biosafety professionals can help ensure that they are prepared when situations arise in the future.

    This course is intended to cover some basic information of emergency response situations along with the key features of a containment laboratory that may be affected during an emergency situation.  This course will go over the key aspects of an HVAC, building electrical design, and plumbing systems.    This will not be an engineering course; it is intended to be a brief overview so biosafety professionals understand the right questions to ask during emergency situations.

    The course will be separated into five sections, basics of emergency response, HVAC, plumbing, electrical failures, and potential occupational exposures.  Each section will cover the critical information that biosafety professionals must understand in each area followed by a series of case studies based on real world emergency response situations in biocontainment laboratories. 

    Key Objectives:

    1. Understand the basics of emergency response and how they relate to biocontainment laboratory operations

    2. Understand the decision making process during an emergency response situation.

    3. Understand who the key decision makers are in your facility and who can authorize decisions that will impact mission operations.

    4. Identify lessons learned from case studies and apply them to their own incident response plan if applicable.


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    Iowa House Hotel

    125 N. Madison Street
    The University of Iowa
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242

    Website: iowahousehotel.com
    Tel: 319-335-3513
    Email: iowahouse@uiowa.edu.

    Conference participants can begin booking rooms at anytime. If booking online, attendees must book directly through the Iowa House Website iowahousehotel.com. After clicking on “Book Now” on the homepage, select “I have a group#” and enter 1206. The range of dates blocked for the MABioN conference will appear alongside available rooms listed with the discounted rate ($90 per night).
    Attendees can call the Iowa House directly at 319-335-3513. A front desk attendant is available 24 hours a day to take reservations.
    Reservations may also be sent by email to iowahouse@uiowa.edu.
    Discounted rate and rooms are guaranteed until July 17, 2017
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    7 August, 2017 @ 1:00 pm EDT
    9 August, 2017 @ 1:00 pm EDT
    $25 – $145
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    Iowa Memorial Union
    125 N Madison St
    Iowa City, IA 52245 United States