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April 12, 2018 | MABioN Webinar – Looking Beyond the Risk Group: Challenges in Risk Assessment
12 April, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDTFree – $10
MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing Looking Beyond the Risk Group: Challenges in Risk Assessment
The state of the art in biological research evolves at a very rapid pace. Likewise, public awareness and scrutiny of biological research programs has increased during recent years. Recognizing and mitigating potential risks to the public, environment, and personnel have long been the foundation of risk assessment. However, given the rapidly changing research environment are there additional risk factors that should be considered? How much weight should these additional factors have in our risk assessment process? Using examples from research studies at the University of Pittsburgh this presentation will demonstrate lessons learned from the risk assessment process for viral vectors (e.g. replication deficient rabies viral vectors), human pathogens, and use of animal pathogens at an institution that does not routinely handle handle such pathogens. While biosafety professionals are aware that there is no one-size fits all solution to risk assessment, the goal of this presentation will be to provide examples that may spark new ideas or perspectives that may be helpful at your own institution.
Presented by: Molly S. Stitt-Fischer, PhD, CPH, CBSP, SM(NRCM)
Dr. Stitt-Fischer is currently the University Biosafety Officer and Alternate Responsible Official for Select Agents in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Environmental Health and Safety, a position that she has held since December 2010. Molly completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health with the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training program in 2010, and is a member of the charter class of Certified Public Health examinees. Dr. Stitt-Fischer enjoys providing biosafety support for researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in April 2008, as a Certified Biological Safety Professional as designated by ABSA International.