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Aug 2-4, 2021 | 17th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium @ University of Louisville (and virtual)


2 August, 2021 @ 8:00 am 4 August, 2021 @ 5:00 pm CDT

2021 MABioN Biosafety Symposium

Symposium Host

University of Louisville Louisville, KY August 2-4, 2021

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What is the MABioN 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. For 2021 symposium, all sessions will be streamed for virtual attendees.

Symposium registration includes:

  • Breaks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
  • Dinner Reception on Tuesday Night
  • Monday morning pre-symposium workshop (additional fee applies)

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

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Symposium registration is now open!

Early bird symposium registration prices ends on July 16th 23rd (extended).  Register early to get the best price. Registration close on July 28th. Member discount will be reflected at checkout.

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Meeting Location:

Clinical and Translational Research Building, streaming for virtual attendees 505 S Hancock St, Louisville, KY 40202 Meeting room numbers: 1st floor; CTR101, CTR102 Link to building information: https://louisville.edu/predictivemedicine/about/contact Map link: http://tinyurl.com/f7mued4r Clinical and Translational Research Building


  • Registration will be open from 8am on Monday, Symposium registration at 12:30pm


  • Metered parking is available in front of building.
  • Security will let you in the front door. An entrance to public parking in the garage adjacent to the building is off Clay Street, immediately behind CTRB.

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Dinner social

Location: Bourbon Barrel Loft (https://www.bbcbrew.com/bourbon-barrel-loft ) 300 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 Corner of 3rd Street and Main (catty-corner from Yum Center) Directions from AC Hotel to Bourbon Barrel Loft: https://tinyurl.com/66n9wzr8 Buffet Dinner and 2 drink tickets included in symposium registration.   [/vcex_icon_box][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-list-alt” add_icon=”true” title=”Symposium Agenda” tab_id=”1465832800717-42f06ced-cae3″][vcex_icon_box heading=”Symposium Agenda” icon=”fa fa-newspaper-o” icon_color=”#dd3333″ icon_background=”#cccccc” icon_border_radius=”10″]Draft Symposium Agenda[/vcex_icon_box][vc_column_text]


2021 MABioN Symposium draft agenda

Aug 2, 2021

Monday Pre-conference course

8:00-8:30 am Pre-conference course registration
8:30-10:00 am Kara Sarchet – Making the NIH Guidelines Make Sense
10:00-10:30 amBreak
10:30-12:00 pmKara Sarchet – Making the NIH Guidelines Make Sense
12:00-1:00 pmLunch and Social


Monday Symposium open

12:30-1:00 pmSymposium Registration
1:00-1:30 pm Welcome from U of L, Symposium Host Institution
1:30-2:00 pm LouAnn Burnett – ABSA update
2:00-2:30 pm Sarah Price – Got Zinc? A Role for Yersiniabactin in Zinc Acquisition during Yersinia pestis Infection
2:30-3:00 pm James Collins – Have enteric pathogens taken advantage of the modern diet?
3:00-3:30 pm Break
3:30-4:30 pm Paul Anderson – Considerations for Establishing an Aerobiology Research Program
4:30-5:00 pm Kathryn Harris – What’s New from NIH OSP?
 5:00-5:30 pm MABioN Business Meeting

Aug 3, 2021

Tuesday agenda

8:00-8:30 am Karen Powell – ABSL2 Studies in Agricultural Animals
8:30-9:00 am Marina Zelivyanskaya – The Elements of Successful Animal Research Safety Compliance Program
 9:00-10:00 am Holly Hannabach & Delena Mazzetti – Development of a New Hazard Communication Program for Animal Research
10:00-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:00 am Orrin Ambrose – TBD
11:00-12:00 pm Anthony Wang – Pandemic Response Team (PRT)- A Systematic Approach to Ensure Business Continuity Amid Major Disaster
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:00 pmSusan Cook, Balaji Manicassamy, Kara Sarchet: Influenza Round Table
2:00-3:00 pmAllen Helm – Core values: Leveraging existing infrastructure to support research during a pandemic
3:00-3:30 pm Break
3:30-4:30 pm Sivarchana Mareedu – Evaluation of Biosafety Program Administration And SARS-Cov2 On Biosafety Climate at a Midwestern Public University in the USA
4:30-5:00 pmLillian Seitz – University of Louisville N95 Decontamination Program
6:00 pm Dinner reception at The Bourbon Barrel Loft

Aug 4, 2021


Wednesday agenda

9:00-11:00 am RBL Tour (in person only)
11:30-12:30 pm Travis McCarthy – TBD
12:30 pm – 1:00pm Closing Remarks and Drawing
12:30 pm Lunch

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Making the NIH Guidelines Make Sense

Categorization of biological research with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids using the NIH guidelines as part of the risk assessment is required at institutions that receive public funding through the NIH. Understanding the origins and maintenance of the NIH guidelines can provide clarity on why the guidelines were written in the generalized language in which they are currently published. This presentation will have four sections. The first section will address how the NIH guidelines were established and the advances in molecular biology that led to their establishment. The second section will address how the NIH guidelines are amended and the groups that have historically requested these amendments. The third section will focus in on the K-12 E. coli host vector system (III-F-8, appendix C-II) exemption. The fourth section will explain the process for requesting an exemption to containment requirements for recombinant work and describe one institution’s experience with this process. There will be opportunities for questions about the NIH guidelines and benchmarking between institutions.

Instructor: Brandy Nelson, Andrew Houppert, and Kara Sarchet

Brandy Nelson is the University of Kentucky’s Institutional Biosafety Officer.  In this role, Brandy serves as a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research, and the manager of the Department of Biological Safety.    She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Medicine Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics.  Her professional organization activity includes Co-Team Lead for the ABSA International Education & Curriculum Task Force, MABioN Past-President, and SEBSA President-Elect.  Brandy is an ABSA International Certified Biosafety Professional and a National Registry of Microbiologists Specialist in Microbiology.  She holds BA and MS degrees in Biology from Transylvania University and Eastern Kentucky University, respectively.  Brandy has worked in the field of biosafety for 15 years both at UK and the University of Louisville.  Prior to her work in biosafety she spent many years working at the bench in academic and commercial biomedical research laboratories. Dr. Andrew Houppert is currently the Biological Safety Manager at IUPUI.  Andrew earned both his B.S. and Ph.D. in Microbiology from Indiana University Bloomington.  Andrew received his CBSP from ABSA in 2019.  Andrew served as the RO for IUPUI’s select agent program from 2017-2020. During graduate school, Andrew served as an instructor for numerous Microbiology lab and lecture courses. Andrew is passionate about bacteria and enjoys teaching others about them. Dr. Kara Sarchet is currently ABSO at IUPUI. Kara has a B.S. in Chemistry from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. Kara went on to postdoc at IUPUI and also has industry experience in cell manufacturing and corporate biosafety. Working full time in biosafety for the last six years, Kara gave the MABioN pre-conference course in 2019 on the risk assessment of viral vectors. Kara serves on four IBCs and enjoys the risk assessment and NIH categorization of new and innovative work. [/vcex_icon_box][vc_column_text][/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][/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-bed” add_icon=”true” title=”Hotel & Transportation” tab_id=”1465832646427-82af06ba-914d”][vcex_icon_box heading=”Lodging” icon=”fa fa-bed” icon_color=”#dd3333″ icon_background=”#cccccc” icon_border_radius=”10″]

A/C Hotel, 727East Market Street


  • Conference rate of $109/night (+16% tax)
  • Check-in is at 3pm and check-out is at noon
  • On-site parking, fee: 20 USD daily
  • Fitness center
To make a reservation within the block online: 
  1. The hotel reservation link that the MABioN members can use to reserve their rooms: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1623696999468&key=GRP&app=resvlink
  2. Deadline for reservations: Tuesday, July 20

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Airport to meeting directions  Directions from airport to CTRB: https://tinyurl.com/8vdmc3ts   Airport to hotel directions Airport Phone: +1 502-367-4636 Hotel direction: 8.2 miles N This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
  • Alternate transportation: Fan-Van, LLC; fee: 68 USD (one way) ;on request
  • Estimated taxi fare: 30 USD (one way)
Visit SDF airport website  (https://www.flylouisville.com/ ) Driving directions Take I-65 N to E Muhammad Ali Blvd. Take the E Muhammad Ali Blvd exit from I-65 N. Follow S Floyd St to E Market St. Merge onto E Muhammad Ali Blvd. Turn right onto S Floyd St. Turn right onto E Market St. Destination will be on the left.

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