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Aug 6-8, 2018 | 14th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium

August 6 @ 1:00 pm - August 8 @ 1:00 pm CDT

$10 – $110
2018 MABioN Biosafety Symposium

Hosted by

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Manhattan, KS

August 6-8, 2018

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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 Wednesday. Presentations on various topics related to biosafety are planned for Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning. An optional half-day pre-conference workshop will be held Monday morning, and an optional facility tour on Wednesday afternoon. Come and network with biosafety professionals in the Midwest area and learn and share information about biosafety. Register separately for the Monday morning workshop, which includes a break and lunch.

Symposium registration includes:

  • Breaks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
  • Monday evening Happy Hour Mixer
  • Dinner Reception on Tuesday Night
  • Optional Wednesday afternoon BRI facility tour (please select one or both tour(s) you would like to participate during the registration)
  • Monday morning pre-conference workshop (additional fee applies)

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

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Early bird symposium registration prices ends July 9th(extended to the end of day on July 11th)  Register early to get the best price.

Meeting Location:

Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI), Manhattan , KS

  • Minutes drive from hotel – shuttles van will also be  provided
  • Parking for one car at BRI – space is limited so carpool if possible
  • K-State is a smoke-free campus


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


  • Complementary parking, shuttle from hotel.
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Tuesday Dinner Reception

Dinner social

Location: Flint Hills Discovery Center (

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Symposium Agenda

Draft Symposium Agenda

Aug 6, 2018

Monday Pre-conference course

8:00-8:30 am Pre-conference course registration
8:30-10:00 am Brynn Welch, Introduction to Bioethics for the Biosafety Professional and Researcher
10:00-10:30 am Break
10:30-12:00 pm Brynn Welch, Introduction to Bioethics for the Biosafety Professional and Researcher
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch and Social (all attendee)


Monday Symposium open

12:30-1:00 pm Symposium Registration
1:00-1:30 pm   Welcome from Symposium Host Institution
1:30-2:00 pm Patrick Condreay, ABSA International Update
2:00-3:00 pm Holley Trucks, Compliance Evaluation: Getting the Most From Your Lab Inspections
3:00-3:30 pm Break
3:30-4:00 pm John Henneman, Biocontainment Operations: Keeping Routine Maintenance a Priority
4:00-5:00 pm Ron Trewyn, NBAF Development/Location Choice
5:00-5:30 pm MABioN Business Meeting
 6:00-7:00 pm Happy Hour Mixer

Aug 7, 2018

Tuesday agenda

8:00-8:30 am Sarah Lawson, University of Michigan Safety Initiative
8:30-9:00 am Lance Luftman & Mark Whitehair, Emergency Response Preparedness
9:00-9:30 am Tami Maier, Strategies and Tactics to Influence Without Authority as a Biological Safety Officer
 9:30-10:00 am   Michael Marsico, Public‐Private Partnerships to Strengthen Biosafety Across all Laboratories
10:00-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:00 am Ken Burton, Animal Disease Response Training
11:00-12:00 pm Sivarchana Mareedu, Ensuring Biosafety in Academic Research Institutions: Biosafety Survey and Program Development
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-1:30 pm Allen Helm, Fear Abatement: Awareness training as a tool to increase transparency, collaboration, and buy‐in at the University of Chicago
1:30-2:00 pm Torsten Hopp, Assessing training effectiveness and implementation of safety practices in BSL‐2 laboratories at University of Louisville
2:00-2:30 pm Brandy Nelson, Academic Biosafety at the University of Kentucky: A BSO goes back to grad school
2:30-3:00 pm Cheryl Doerr, BSL‐2 Lab Inspection Program Development
3:00-3:30 pm Break
3:30-4:00 pm Delena Mazzetti, Navigating Large Animal Waste Disposal
4:00-4:30 pm Gary Schmidt, Validation of Continuous Flow Effluent Decontamination Systems
4:30-5:00 pm Erika Stampoulos, Applications of UV light disinfection technology in the vivarium
6:00 pm Dinner reception at the Flint Hills Discovery Center (

Aug 8, 2018

Wednesday agenda

8:00-8:30 am Anthony (Hsiang-Ming) Wang, IBC Subcommittee for Genome Editing: A Collaborative Approach for Reviewing Emerging Technologies
8:30-9:00 am Anne Dombroski‐Brokman, Containment without Borders: Plant Pest Containment and Permitting in Open Floor Plan Labs
9:00-10:00 am Jim Stack, Emerging Crop Diseases and Food Security
10:00-10:30 am Break
10:30-10:45 am So Lee Park, Arbovirus Pathogenicity Correlation with Heat Resistance
10:45-11:30 am Greg Peterson, Biocontainment of Variola Virus: Past, Present, and Future
11:30-12:00 pm Optional facility tour: BRI Visitor Training
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm Optional BRI Tour* ‐ Mechanical Spaces (advance registration required)
2:30-4:00 PM Optional BRI Tour* ‐ Containment Spaces (advance registration required)
*optional tour of the BRI facility

Tour participants have the option of touring BRI mechanical spaces, containment areas, or both. For containment spaces, participants must take a short visitor training, and change completely out of street clothing into scrubs. For mechanical spaces no clothing change is required. Please reserve your tour spot(s) as part of your conference registration.

Pre-conference course:

Introduction to Bioethics for the Biosafety Professional and Researcher

What moral questions must we confront in biosafety? How do we determine the correct answers to those questions? How do we resolve disagreements about those answers? Over this half-day workshop, participants will explore not only their own moral judgments in specific cases but the sources of disagreement about those judgments, as well. First, we will identify the moral principles that underlie our moral judgments in specific cases, as well as discuss common (but often unseen) tensions within our own individual ethical systems. Once those tensions are identified, we will explore strategies for resolving them. Then, we will apply those strategies to specific problems in biosafety. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss and work through their own examples they would like to consider in this context. Participants are welcome to raise questions, suggest moral problems (real or hypothetical) they might encounter, and reflect on how they might identify and resolve ethical problems in biosafety in the future. Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the moral principles that underlie moral judgments in specific cases.
  2. Identify conflicts that arise between those principles, or between those principles
    and the judgments they yield in specific cases in biosafety.
  3. Develop strategies for resolving ethical disagreements within the field of biosafety.

Speaker: Dr. Brynn Welch, University of Alabama Birmingham


Bluemont Hotel, 1212 Bluemont Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502 (

  • Conference rate of $99/night, cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance
  • Check-in is at 4pm and check-out is at 11am
  • Block will be open for reservations from 6/1/18-7/15/18 (ask for the MABioN2018 block of rooms)
  • The hotel is smoke-free
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free parking at hotel
  • Free hotel shuttle to and from Manhattan Regional Airport
    Shuttle reservations require 24 hour notice, and can be made when reserving the room. The shuttle runs from 7am-10pm. Please contact the symposium hosts at 785-532-1333 if your flights into or out of the Manhattan airport are outside these times.
  • Free WiFi, Indoor Pool, Fitness Center, Lobby and Rooftop Bars
  • Within the Aggieville district right across from campus, with easy walking to restaurants and bars
To make reservations:

  1. Call the hotel reservation line (785-473-7091 press 0) and ask for “MABioN2018”.


To make a reservation within the block online:Go to

  1. Click on BOOK NOW
  2. Click on CLICK HERE FOR GROUP RESERVATIONS (also upper right corner)
  3. Enter the Group ID: KBRI0818 / password: bri
  4. Enter the correct arrival/departure date and make your reservation

** NOTE: if the you are coming before Aug. 4th or leaving after Aug. 9th, you will not be able to reserve online. Only the contracted dates are allowable online.


Transportation and Driving directions

Recommend flying directly into Manhattan Regional Airport

  • Hotel has free shuttle
  • Rental cars also available at the airport

Alternatively fly into Kansas City International airport

  • 2 hour drive to Manhattan mostly on I-70
  • If driving, Manhattan is just north of I-70 on KS-177
  • There is a toll on I-70 between Kansas City and Manhattan

Directions to K-State BRI:




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August 6 @ 1:00 pm
August 8 @ 1:00 pm
$10 – $110
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Who's Attending

54 people are attending Aug 6-8, 2018 | 14th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium

  • Brandy Nelson
  • Tami Maier
  • Carol Stowers
  • Hsiang-Ming Wang
  • Julie Johnson
  • Rachel Eldridge
  • Chantene Zichterman
  • Michael Miles
  • Melissa James
  • Frank Speck
  • Alice Berger
  • Raymond Thierry
  • Alice Berger
  • Chantene Stephens
  • Rachel Eldridge
  • Torsten Hopp
  • Kara N Sarchet
  • Matt Anderson
  • Erika Stampoulos
  • Charles Murrieta
  • Andrea Domsic
  • Carrie Parinandi
  • Eric Jeppesen
  • Fay Lambie
  • Yolanda Stringer
  • Travis McCarthy
  • Alex Kinkade
  • Kong Thao
  • Ieca Hunter
  • Farida Ebrahim
  • Sarah Lawson
  • Art Horn
  • Rachel Eldridge
  • David Wasescha
  • Patrick Condreay
  • Tony La
  • John Doe
  • Martha Schneerman
  • Louise Meske
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