January 18, 2024 @ noon (CDT) | FREE MABioN Webinar – Considerations for Working with LCMV – From Bench to Bedside

MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing

Considerations for Working with LCMV – From Bench to Bedside

Webinar summary:

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) is a single-stranded RNA arenavirus commonly used in laboratory animal models to examine acute and chronic viral infections and immunopathology. However, there is wide variation in LCMV biosafety practices between institutions, based on differing interpretations of guidelines and risk data. This lack of consensus can pose a challenge to the biosafety professional who may be evaluating LCMV use at their facility. The first part of this presentation will compare the two most common laboratory strains of LCMV, demonstrate the variation in biosafety policy between institutions, and discuss one institution’s recent approach to navigating the use of this virus.

Outside of the laboratory, LCMV has also become a promising viral vector with potential use in immunizations and immunotherapy. The second portion of this presentation will examine the applications of LCMV in a clinical setting, discussing the biosafety practices necessary for the safe handling of LCMV-based human gene therapies, focusing on the clinical risk assessment associated with recombinant forms of LCMV. Considerations for the safety of clinical subjects, staff, and close contacts will be explored.  

Presented by:
Caitlyn Hauke, PhD, Clinical Biosafety Services
Erik Pietrowicz, Dartmouth College

Speaker Bios:

Caitlyn Hauke, PhD, RBP(ABSA), CBSP(ABSA) is a biosafety professional specializing in clinical biosafety and human gene transfer research. Caitlyn has previous experience in academic laboratory biosafety as the former biosafety officer at Dartmouth College. She currently provides Institutional Biosafety Committee services and gene therapy risk assessments for clinical trial sites nationwide. Caitlyn has also served as a member of IACUC and IRB.

Erik Pietrowicz, MS, RBP(ABSA) is the current biosafety officer for Dartmouth College, where he also helps lead the hazmat response program, is involved in campus-wide emergency planning, and has served as interim radiation safety officer. Erik previously worked in cell biology research followed by several years as a paramedic and college educator prior to joining Dartmouth EHS.


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Important 2020 Symposium Announcement

REMEMBER WHEN WE SAID MARK YOUR CALENDAR? WELL – YOU CAN UNMARK IT…AND MARK IT AGAIN

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. Our hope is to not only have our usual attendance of 40-50 members but to double or even triple attendance to provide CM points for the many biosafety professionals out there that will be unable to attend other regional affiliate symposiums or training courses that may have been canceled due to COVID-19 or travel restrictions.

Logistics and planning are ongoing and the plan is still being developed, but we are envisioning several 2-4 hour sessions in late July/early August, and we are currently seeking abstracts for scientific program presentations. The goal of the scientific program is to present a wide array of information that would be of interest to our membership.

New Call for Abstract Submissions (Due June 21, 2020)

You DO NOT need to be a member to present at the symposium.

Based on the feedback of our membership suggested topics are included below, however, all submissions will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the scientific program.

For current MABioN members who present at the symposium, your name will be entered in a drawing for free 2020 ABSA conference registration. One (1) winner will be chosen at the conclusion of the symposium whose 2020 ABSA conference registration fee will be paid by MABioN*.

*Does not include preconference course fee or any other expenses. Winner must confirm that he/she is planning on attending the upcoming 2020 ABSA conference and has other funding source for all other travel expenses.

Topic Suggestions:

  • Best Practices vs. Regulatory Compliance vs. Reality, aka Biosafety Program Development & Management
  • Biosafety and Emerging Technologies Risk Assessment (Gene Editing Techniques, Novel Equipment Platforms)
  • Securing Buy-in and Support for Biosafety Programs
  • Animal Biosafety Issues
  • Case Studies and Risk Assessments for Specific Agents, Experimental Procedures, etc.
  • Respiratory Protection and PPE – Selection, Use, Training
  • Dealing with an Influx of COVID-19-related Projects
  • Providing Biosafety Guidance During Research Ramp-downs and Ramp-ups

Remember, presentations at ABSA affiliate meetings may be eligible for CM points!

Please complete the call for papers submission form no later than June 21, 2020.


Biological Safety Officer @ University of Chicago

Department

Provost Office of Research Safety

About the Department

The University of Chicago Office of Research works with faculty and deans to support and enhance research and to support and oversee institutional research infrastructure including University Research Administration (URA), Research Development Support, the Office of Research Safety, Research Computing Center, Globus, the University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (CASE), and Schmidt Future Fellows.

Job Summary

The Biological Safety Officer (BSO) at the University of Chicago works closely with Biological Safety Officers (BSOs), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Select Agent Institutional Biosafety Committee (SAIBC), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Animal Resources Center (ARC), the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), Divisional Laboratory Safety Specialists, UC faculty, staff, and students to coordinate services, review facilities, and provide appropriate safety training and technical support as necessary. The position also services on the University’s emergency response team for situations involving biohazardous agents and/or other hazardous materials. Reports to the Director of Biosafety.

Responsibilities

  • Perform annual laboratory inspections, including appropriate follow-up inspections to verify corrective actions, for BSL2, ABSL2, BSL3, ABSL3 laboratories located on the Hyde Park campus and assist with similar inspections at the H.T. Ricketts Laboratory (HTRL) to ensure compliance with the applicable internal (e.g. IBC) and external (e.g. CDC, NIH, USDA) safety regulations or requirements.  Perform facility and research protocol reviews as necessary or as requested by the Director of Biosafety and/or IBC and in direct cooperation with UC faculty and staff, building coordinator, department safety representative, or department head, as appropriate. Assist in the development of computer-based systems to track and document laboratory inspection outcomes. Works collaboratively with ORS Chemical and Radiation Safety staff and Divisional Laboratory Safety Specialists in the development and implementation of research safety program elements.

  • Act as BSO for the UC and respond professionally and courteously to requests for biological safety assistance.  Act as a biological safety technical & information resource to the University and provides guidance on biological safety related matters. Possess knowledge of and familiarity with state and federal guidelines and regulations pertaining to research involving recombinant DNA molecules (rDNA) and/or infectious agents.  Agencies involved include the CDC, NIH, USDA-APHIS, EPA, DOD and FDA.  Act as signatory for the BSOs for matters relating to biological safety in his/her absence.

  • Develop and deliver appropriate laboratory safety training curricula for University BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories including, but not limited to, blood-borne pathogens, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, biosafety, select agents and toxins and DOT/IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as it relates to shipment of infectious substances. Assist in the development of computer-based systems to track and document successful completion of required laboratory safety training. Assist in the development of safety Web-Based Training Programs.

  • Develop and maintain programs designed to monitor and control biohazards.  Evaluate the health risks associated with research involving biological agents and their by-products.  Work with university investigators and staff to implement biohazard control policies and procedures on general biosafety, select agents and toxins, biosafety cabinet use, and laboratory emergency response plans.  Make independent, on-the-spot decisions involving risk assessments, emergency response and related corrective actions. Communicate with faculty and staff, in person, in writing via memos, reports, e-mail, or fax, and by telephone phone for the purpose of addressing/resolving biological safety related matters.

  • Compile biological safety inspection reports, research protocol status summaries, quarterly reports, and conduct other administrative functions that support the biological safety program.

  • Serve as liaison with governmental and voluntary agencies, other educational institutions, commercial and industrial establishments, and other personnel on matters involving biological safety including emergency response.

  • Conduct construction plan reviews for biosafety level two (BSL2) and biosafety level three (BSL3) facilities, provide review comments in writing, and sign off on final plans.  Conduct pre-occupancy checks for all BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories and participate in their proper laboratory commissioning and decommissioning.

  • Conduct safety/accident investigations pertaining to BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories as assigned.

  • Maintain understanding of current trends, changes in biological safety regulations and maintains knowledge of codes, standards, and procedures in safety through publications, interdepartmental training, and continuing education courses.

  • Attend, and when possible present work at, regional and national scientific conferences to advance knowledge in the field of biological safety.

  • Participate in the continued review, development and implementation of safety programs, processes, and technologies training.

  • Plans and executes surveys, audits, and inspections of instruments, laboratories, and other facilities to ensure compliance with government and University policies and procedures. Analyzes data and initiatives immediate corrective action plans and follow-up to ensure implementation.

  • With a moderate level of guidance, interprets University environmental health and safety standards to assist in the design and implementation of programs. Ensures legal compliance and develops procedures. Monitors and evaluates health and safety concerns.

  • Perform other related work as needed.

     

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Certifications:

    Driver’s License – Multiple States

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Master’s degree in microbiology, Bacteriology, Virology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or one of the life sciences.
    • Ph.D. in Microbiology, Bacteriology, Virology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or one of the life sciences.

    Experience:

    • Five plus years of experience in a laboratory or related industry (biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, life sciences research laboratory, etc.).  Experience in biosafety/lab safety.
    • Experience, education and/or training in the realms of recombinant DNA or synthetic biology.

    Licenses and Certifications:

    • Relevant certifications (e.g., American Society for Microbiology National Registry of Certified Microbiologists-Biosafety, American Biological Safety Association Certified Biosafety Professional-CBSP, qualification in laboratory safety).
    • Capable of obtaining medical clearances for using respiratory protection necessary for HAZMAT response.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Significant knowledge of relevant federal, state and local compliance regulations and guidelines.
    • Analytical, problem-solving, organizational and decision-making skills.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.
    • Ability to work as part of a team.
    • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to manage stressful situations.
    • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
    • Proficiency with database (e.g. MS Access) design and maintenance, ability to write queries and design/generate reports.

     

    Application Documents

    • Resume (required)
    • Cover Letter (preferred)

    20th Annual MABioN Biosafety Hybrid Symposium Aug 5-7, 2024 @ Ames, Iowa

    Hosted by Iowa State University and the National Centers for Animal Health, USDA

    August 5 @ 8:00 am August 7 @ 12:00 pm America/Iowa

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    NOTE: All times for this symposium will be in Central Daylight Time

    Abstract Submission, Symposium Registration and Agenda are now managed through Fourwaves. Click the links below to submit an abstract and register.

    Important dates:

    • Abstract submission deadline- June 14, 2024
    • Early bird registration: $50 for pre-symposium; $100 for symposium registration ends June 28, 2024
    • Standard registration: $75 for pre-symposium; $150 for symposium registration
    • In-person registration ends July 20, 2024

    The MABioN Annual 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 Morning. 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
    • Dinner Reception on Tuesday Night
    • Facility Tour on Wednesday.  We will be touring the National Centers for Animal Health campus, including a walking tour of the consolidated laboratory facility.

    Register separately for the Monday morning pre-symposium workshop, which includes a break and lunch. (Additional fee applies)

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


    429 Alumni Ln
    Ames, Iowa 50011 United States

     Iowa State University Alumni Center: Reiman Ballroom

    • Monday & Tuesday (August 5th and 6th)
    • Also the location of Monday morning’s pre-symposium workshop
    1920 Dayton Ave
    Ames, Iowa 50010 United States

    National Centers for Animal Health, USDA

    • Wednesday (August 7th)
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    Biosafety Specialist II @ Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

    Job Details

    Saint Louis – Saint Louis, MO
    Full Time
    4 Year Degree
    Salary Range:  $65,000.00 – $75,000.00 

    Description

    The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is seeking to fill a full-time Biosafety Specialist II position.

    The DDPSC Biosafety Specialist is responsible for supporting the research activities of internal laboratories and external clients. The Biosafety Specialist will provide technical support to the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department and will act as a liaison between research and safety. This position will be specifically involved in supporting the biosafety function of the EHS Department. The ideal candidate will have some experience supporting a safety department in a research setting, be able to manage a variety of tasks with different levels of complexity and have strong organizational and communication skills.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Advises Danforth Center employees regarding safety procedures and protocols to ensure the safety of the researchers and support staff based on regulatory compliance with local, state and federal agencies.
    • Develops and delivers new employee biosafety training, as well as other biosafety related training/content as assigned.
    • Performs routine biosafety lab inspections and field research site audits, ensuring compliance with USDA and NIH safety standards.
    • Participates in USDA inspections and assists in deficiency mitigation.
    • Performs risk assessments when lab work involves USDA regulated or pathogenic organisms and recommends mitigation controls.
    • Primary EHS contact for biological waste.
    • Assists in continued development of IRB review process as it relates to the Education Outreach Department human subjects research projects.
    • Supports efforts to develop a stewardship program.
    • Supports efforts to continuously improve our containment facilities.
    • A successful candidate will display a positive, service-oriented attitude and work well within an interdisciplinary group.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    • Working knowledge of NIH Guidelines and USDA regulations preferred.
    • Strong science background or education especially in biology or related field preferred.
    • Ability to detect biohazardous conditions in the workplace.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Strong organizational skills, work ethic, reliability, and attention to detail.
    • Strong critical thinking and decision-making skills.
    • Basic Microsoft Office programs and ability to quickly learn and support other software systems.
    • Ability to work well in a team setting.
    • Live the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship

    Qualifications

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree required. Biology degree or equivalent preferred.
    • 3-5 years of experience supporting a biosafety program, preferably in a laboratory research environment.
    • Salary commensurate with experience.

    Submission:

    • Cover letter
    • CV
    • Contact information for three (3) professional references

    About the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center:

    Founded in 1998, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Our focus is scientific research at the nexus of food, energy and the environment to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. We assemble interactive teams of scientists and develop unique platforms to discover underlying principles about how plants work. We then convert that knowledge into useful crops and products, and partner with organizations that are best positioned to solve problems where they exist around the world. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and charitable contributions from individuals, companies, and foundations.

    The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is proudly an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions at the Danforth Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It is our policy that the Danforth Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin and status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to access the information provided on this web site, please contact People and Culture, at 314-587-1033 for further assistance.

    2024 MABioN Executive Council and Committee Call to Service

    Dear MABioN Members,

    2024 is an election year for MABioN. We are soliciting volunteers from the membership that are interested in becoming more active in MABioN by serving on the Executive Council and/or as members of standing committees. 

    Current (paid) MABioN members are eligible to serve in any open position. Descriptions of Executive Council positions and standing committees are included below. Please complete and submit the Call to Service form below by May 31st, 2024 by completing this form. Elections will be held in June 2024 via electronic ballot.

    Please feel free to contact me at sziegen@iastate.edu, or any member of the current Executive Council if you have questions about volunteering for any of these roles or if you know another member who would be a good fit for the positions listed.

    Thanks to all MABioN members for your past, present, and future service to our affiliate!

    Steve Ziegenfuss

    MABioN Past-President

    President:  The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Associate, shall have general charge and supervision over and responsibility for the affairs of the Association, shall preside at all meetings of the Council as Chairperson; shall represent the general membership at professional functions; and mediates any disputes over procedural matters.  Unless otherwise directed by the Council, all other officers shall be subject to the authority and supervision of the president.  The President may enter into and execute in the name of the Association contracts or other instruments not in the regular course of business that are authorized, either generally or specifically, by the Council.  The President shall have the general powers and duties of management usually vested in the office of the president of a corporation.  The President may delegate from time to time to any other officer, any or all of such duties and authority.  The President-Elect shall serve as the Chair of the Annual Midwest Area Biosafety Network, Inc. Symposium.  In this role, the President-Elect will work closely with the Symposium Host to ensure they have the support of the Council and the resources required to host the Annual Biological Safety Symposium.  The President-Elect shall serve as the trustee member of the Education Committee.  The President-Elect shall also have such duties and possess such authority as may be delegated to the President-Elect by the President and perform the duties of the President in his or her absence.

    Treasurer:  The Treasurer shall have custody of the funds and securities of the Association and shall keep or cause to be kept regular books of account for the Association.  The Treasurer shall perform such other duties and possess such other powers as are incident to the office or as shall be assigned by the President or the Council.

    Secretary:  The Secretary shall cause notices of all meetings to be served as prescribed in these bylaws and shall keep or cause to be kept the minutes of all meetings of the Council.  The Secretary shall serve as the council member of the Membership Committee.  The Secretary shall perform such duties and possess such powers as are incident to the office or as shall be assigned by the President or the Council.

    Councilor:  The Councilors-at-Large shall participate in Council meetings and provide additional representation of the membership on Council actions.  Councilors-at-Large may serve as council members of committees as needed and should serve as active participants in a committee of their choice. 

    Executive Council Position Descriptions:

    Committee Descriptions:

    Education Committee:  The Education Committee is responsible for developing webinars, training opportunities, educational materials, and symposium scientific programs that represent the educational needs and interests of the membership.  This committee will work closely with the Communications Director to coordinate the registration and presentation of webinars.  The President-Elect will serve as the trustee member of the committee to support his/her role as MABioN Symposium Chair.

    Communications Committee:  The Communications Committee is responsible for supporting the Association’s web resources, social media presence, and member communications.  This includes educational opportunity registrations, webinar presentations, web-based surveys, and elections conducted electronically.  The Communications Director will serve as the trustee member of the committee.

    Membership Committee:  The Membership Committee is responsible for promoting MABioN membership to biosafety professionals and other interested individuals in the geographic area assigned to the affiliate.  The Membership Committee will make efforts to cross-promote membership and its benefits to other ABSA International affiliate groups and other relevant professional organization members.  The Secretary will serve as the trustee member of the committee to ensure provision of an accurate and current membership roster to the committee members.

    2024 Harvard Yale IBC Biosafety Symposium (April 23-24, 2024)

    2024 Harvard Yale IBC Biosafety Symposium (HYS 2024) – See Attached!
    Last week for early bird registration!

    This year’s event will focus on high-risk biohazardous research. The coordinated theme will involve keynote and related presentations on where we are nationally and where we are headed.
    Our Employee Health/Emergency Management Roundtable will leave ample time for your questions and all attendees will receive a comprehensive sample Occupational Health plan to use as a template for developing their own plans for high risk biohazardous research at their institutions.
    We’ll also feature a first of its kind “live” IBC meeting where all attendees are voting members, where you will gain direct experience in the review of high-risk research protocols. All attendees are voting members of this live IBC Committee.
    The event will conclude with recent survey information on how US institutions are addressing the review of high-risk research protocols.
    Please join us April 23-24, 2024 either virtually or on the campus of Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

    Overview Information is also provided below:

    Symposium Agenda:
    https://msmr.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Harvard-Yale-Symposium-2024-Final-Agenda.pdf

    Course Registration Info:
    https://secure.touchnet.net/C20832_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=75&SINGLESTORE=true

    What will 2024 HYS Offer?

    Pre-Conference Courses will provide learning opportunities for non-traditional biosafety applications in the field and in the clinical environment.

    4-hour Course #1: Public Health Biosafety

    • Biosafety “outside” of the laboratory! See how biosafety is applied in a variety of settings (calls all BSPs get) when uncontrolled environmental conditions lead to potential exposure to biohazards that require assessment and mitigation.
    • Join Public Health professionals from the City of Boston Health Department as they lead you through the evaluation and control of biohazards in non-lab locations.

    4-hour Course #2: Intersection of Biosafety and Infection Control

    • Biosafety applied in clinical settings including hospitals and outpatient clinics.
    • An expansion of Patrick Conley’s conference presentation where attendees wanted more. Patrick will expand on his enlightening NEBSA presentation on this topic.

     Symposium Course Agenda:
    https://msmr.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Harvard-Yale-Symposium-2024-Final-Agenda.pdf

    Course Registration Info:
    https://secure.touchnet.net/C20832_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=75&SINGLESTORE=true

    HYS 2024 Theme – High Risk IBC Protocols

    Keynote
    The theme of the 2024 HYS symposium is high-risk research, including dual use research of concern, gain of function, transfer of drug resistance that may not be acquired naturally, altering the host range of pathogens, or enhancing a potential pandemic pathogen. The event will kick-off with presentations from leading policy makers who will provide an update on the current landscape in the United States on this topic and provide information on how existing policies must transition to keep up with the rapid advancements in science. We are excited to introduce our keynote speaker, Dr. Megan Palmer, a leading expert in the field, who will discuss the importance of building and utilizing an evidence base and incorporating adaptive risk management in national decision making. Dr. Samuel Weiss will follow-up the keynote with a presentation on where current DURC policies are significantly lacking and how scientists and national authorities should be working together moving forward.

    Emergency Management and Occupational Health Roundtable
    A roundtable on Occupational Health will also review essential elements for medical surveillance for researchers working with biohazards with many opportunities to interact with the panelists and get guidance on any pressing occupational health program questions.

    Addressing occupational exposures to high-risk biohazards will be featured and attendees will also be provided with a sample comprehensive occupational health document for one high-risk pathogen experiment to use as a template for developing their own plans.

    High Risk Mock IBC Protocol Review
    A first of its kind interactive Mock IBC session will give all attendees an opportunity to participate in an IBC meeting where only high-risk research protocols will be presented, reviewed and discussed, and then voted upon. Attendees will receive registration documents prior to the event, will then be provided with brief presentations on the proposed research and hear from the assigned primary reviewers, before weighing in on their own opinions regarding potential risks. The protocols have been designed to be controversial and straddle the lines of regulatory boundaries.

    High Risk Research Survey Update
    Biosafety and Biosecurity Oversight of Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) and Enhanced Pathogens of Pandemic Potential (ePPP)
    The event will close with an updated survey on exactly where we are as individual institutions on how we establish our own guidelines for the review of high-risk research.

    We look forward to sharing this unique learning opportunity this year with you.

    Symposium Agenda:
    https://msmr.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Harvard-Yale-Symposium-2024-Final-Agenda.pdf
    Symposium Registration:
    https://secure.touchnet.net/C20832_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=75&SINGLESTORE=true

    Considerations for Working with LCMV – From Bench to Bedside

    January 18 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm CST

    Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) is a single-stranded RNA arenavirus commonly used in laboratory animal models to examine acute and chronic viral infections and immunopathology. However, there is wide variation in LCMV biosafety practices between institutions, based on differing interpretations of guidelines and risk data. This lack of consensus can pose a challenge to the biosafety professional who may be evaluating LCMV use at their facility. The first part of this presentation will compare the two most common laboratory strains of LCMV, demonstrate the variation in biosafety policy between institutions, and discuss one institution’s recent approach to navigating the use of this virus. Outside of the laboratory, LCMV has also become a promising viral vector with potential use in immunizations and immunotherapy. The second portion of this presentation will examine the applications of LCMV in a clinical setting, discussing the biosafety practices necessary for the safe handling of LCMV-based human gene therapies, focusing on the clinical risk assessment associated with recombinant forms of LCMV. Considerations for the safety of clinical subjects, staff, and close contacts will be explored.  

    Presented by

    Caitlyn Hauke, PhD, Clinical Biosafety Services

    Erik Pietrowicz, Dartmouth College

    Open Position: Associate Biological Safety Officer @ Washington University in St. Louis | St. Louis, MO

    Position Title: Associate Biological Safety Officer

    Location: St. Louis, MO

    Department: Environmental Health & Safety

    Job Type: Full Time

    Salary: $108,200 – $190,400/ Annually

    The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.

    Job Summary:

    This is a full-time position in Environmental Health and Safety at Washington University in St. Louis (WU). The main areas of responsibility are:
    1. Serve as one of the initial reviewers for protocols submitted to the Institutional Biological & Chemical Safety Committee. This requires a thorough understanding of the science underlying the protocol and the regulations that apply to different types of research, the ability to identify the risks involved, and the ability to recommend appropriate ways to mitigate those risks.
    2. With the BSO’s direction, oversee the clinic inspection program for WU. This includes day-to-day supervision of the Health & Safety Professional staff, evaluation of inspection data, generation of reports as needed, and representing EH&S at meetings pertaining to clinic safety.
    3. Serve as one of the alternate responsible officials for WU’s select agent program.
    4. Support the BSL3 safety program by assisting with semi-annual inspections of BSL3 and ABSL3 areas on campus and by serving as a subject matter expert (in collaboration with the BSL3 Safety Specialist) for questions about BSL3 design, maintenance, and work practices.
    5. Develop and update training materials, policies, and procedures related to biological safety.
    6. Serve on the EH&S spill response team. This requires the ability to quickly assess hazards (biological, chemical, and radiological) and make decisions to protect personnel, property, and the environment from harm.

    Specific Responsibilities:

    Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Supervises Health & Safety Professionals and assist the BSO in overseeing the clinical safety program.
    • Reviews research protocols and perform the initial risk assessment in the areas of potentially infectious microorganisms, potentially biohazardous materials, recombinant DNA, biotechnology, chemical carcinogens, and toxins.
    • Acts as a liaison to faculty and staff as well as to representatives from many regulatory agencies (including CDC, DOJ, and USDA-APHIS) to ensure compliance with regulations pertaining to biological safety. Includes reviewing BSL3 work plans, performing BSL3 inspections, and providing consultative support to faculty, staff, and students who work in or around BSL3 and ABSL3 areas.
    • Serves as an Alternate Responsible Official and assists the BSO/RO in overseeing the Select Agent Program.
    • Serves as a member of the WU Hazardous Materials Spill Response Team (HAZWOPER).
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Working Conditions

    • Potential exposure to chemicals, radioactive materials, and potentially infectious materials in a laboratory environment. 
    • Will need to carry an on-call (24/7) phone for spill response approximately once a quarter. 
    • Need to wear personal protective equipment during inspections and spill remediation. 
    • Occasional lifting >25 pounds. 
    • Use of specialized equipment (mercury vacuum, SCBA, vaporized hydrogen peroxide decontamination equipment, air monitoring equipment, etc.).

    Preferred Qualifications

    • OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER certification, research laboratory experience, and professional certification (CBSP, CSP, etc.) are strongly preferred.
    • Oral and written (business and technical) communication skills, ability to make sound judgments that impact safety and compliance, public speaking, and facility with Microsoft Office applications are essential skills. 
    • Physically able to wear personal protective equipment and lift and move while wearing self-contained breathing apparatus and fully encapsulating suits.
    • Ability to obtain a security risk assessment clearance for work with select agents and toxins.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Graduate degree in relevant field (microbiology, biochemistry, etc.) or four years relevant experience.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER certification, research laboratory experience, and professional certification (CBSP, CSP, etc.) are strongly preferred.
    • Oral and written (business and technical) communication skills, ability to make sound judgments that impact safety and compliance, public speaking, and facility with Microsoft Office applications are essential skills. 
    • Physically able to wear personal protective equipment and lift and move while wearing self-contained breathing apparatus and fully encapsulating suits.
    • Ability to obtain a security risk assessment clearance for work with select agents and toxins.

    Please apply online

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    19th Annual MABioN Biosafety Hybrid Symposium Aug 7-9, 2023 @ University of Kentucky

    7 August, 2023 @ 8:00 am 9 August, 2023 @ 12:00 pm America/Kentucky

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    The MABioN Annual 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 Morning. 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:

    June 6, 2023 1pm CT | MABioN Webinar: Clinical Gene Transfer/Gene Therapy Biosafety and Compliance

    6 June, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm CDT

    MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing

    Clinical gene transfer/gene therapy biosafety and compliance

    This webinar will be a panel discussion of the topic.

    IBC oversight of studies involving transfer of recombinant DNA/RNA or recombinant micro-organisms to human research study subjects can be complex. We will review the NIH guidelines that apply to human research and benchmark how different institutions handle IBC approvals. There will be a panel discussion on institutional experiences of hearing gene therapy studies using an internal IBC vs. using a third-party (external) IBC.

    FREE for Everyone!

    This webinar is our inaugural webinar on our new ZOOM platform.

    Registration URL

    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T94g8GFXSKCP_ffvPHBS9g 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


     

    Details

    Date:
    6 June, 2023
    Time:
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CDT
    Cost:
    Free
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    Website:
    https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T94g8GFXSKCP_ffvPHBS9g 

    Organizer

    MABioN
    Email
    support@mabion.org

    Tickets

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    2023 MABioN Pre-symposium course Registration
    In-person or virtual attendance allowed
    $ 50.00
    27 available
    2023 MABioN symposium registration fee (virtual)
    $ 100.00
    165 available

    Who's coming?

    94 people are attending 19th Annual MABioN Biosafety Hybrid Symposium Aug 7-9, 2023 @ University of Kentucky

    Kathryn Childress