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FINAL CALL! Jun 7, 2019 | MABioN Webinar – Observations And Lessons Learned From The Eye Of The Storm

FINAL CALL! Jun 7, 2019 | MABioN Webinar – Observations and Lessons Learned from the Eye of the Storm

FINAL CALL! Jun 7, 2019 | MABioN Webinar - Observations and Lessons Learned from the Eye of the Storm

In fall 2011, two manuscripts, one from Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the other from Dr. Ron Fouchier at the Erasmus Medical Center in The Netherlands, described research resulting in mammalian transmissible H5N1 influenza viruses. This started a cascade of events including two research moratoriums, the creation of two Federal Dual Use Research of Concern Policies being created, a through public debate, and finally a framework for funding agencies to review gain of function (GOF) research for potential funding. More recently, the first project, proposed by Dr. Kawaoka, underwent the Health and Human Services Framework review for GOF research and was recommended for funding. This webinar will focus on the observations and lessons learned by Rebecca Moritz, the Responsible Official and the Institutional Contact for DURC at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The focus will be on the evolution of her role beyond biosafety and biosecurity as well as take aways for a more proactive approaches.

Presented by: Rebecca Moritz, MS, CBSP, SM(NRCM) Responsible Official/ Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research

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MABioN NEWS- Symposium Call For Papers (deadline Extended To May 31) | MABioN June Webinar

MABioN NEWS- Symposium Call for Papers (deadline extended to May 31) | MABioN June Webinar

The abstract submission deadline has just been extended for the upcoming MABioN symposium to May 31. Please allow me to remind you again the great reasons to present at the upcoming 15th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium August 5-7, 2019 at The Ohio State University, Columbus OH.

Jun 7, 2019 | MABioN Webinar – Observations and Lessons Learned from the Eye of the Storm (Gain-of-Function from the U of Wisconsin Biosafety personnel perspective)

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Apr 26, 2019 | MABioN Webinar – An Introduction To The Principles Of Plant Pathology

Apr 26, 2019 | MABioN Webinar – An introduction to the principles of plant pathology

Similar to animals, plants are targeted by a variety of pathogenic organisms. Unlike animals however, fungal infections are the most damaging and contain the must numerous pathogenic species. In addition to fungal infections, plants also suffer extensively from bacteria, viruses, and nematodes. A better understanding of the life cycles, infection cycles, and survival structures of all of these organisms will help promote safe handling, research, and disposal of these highly destructive pathogens.
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FINAL CALL! Apr 26, 2019 | MABioN Webinar – An Introduction To The Principles Of Plant Pathology

FINAL CALL! Apr 26, 2019 | MABioN Webinar – An introduction to the principles of plant pathology

 

MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing

An introduction to the principles of plant pathology

Similar to animals, plants are targeted by a variety of pathogenic organisms. Unlike animals however, fungal infections are the most damaging and contain the must numerous pathogenic species. In addition to fungal infections, plants also suffer extensively from bacteria, viruses, and nematodes. A better understanding of the life cycles, infection cycles, and survival structures of all of these organisms will help promote safe handling, research, and disposal of these highly destructive pathogens.

Presented by: Dr. Nick Peters, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

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FINAL CALL! Feb 28, 2019 @ 1PM ET/12PM CT| MABioN Webinar – Safety Games: The Hunt For Program Awareness And Buy-in

FINAL CALL! Feb 28, 2019 @ 1PM ET/12PM CT| MABioN Webinar – Safety Games: The hunt for program awareness and buy-in

MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing

Safety Games: The hunt for program awareness and buy-in

In October 2018, the Office of Research Safety (ORS) at the University of Chicago conducted a safety-oriented, team-based scavenger hunt, in part to promote National Biosafety Month. By gamifying this endeavor, we hoped to achieve the following goals: 1) Build awareness of ORS roles and responsibilities; 2) Promote ORS functions; 3) Provide fun and memorable education; and 4) Generate good-will and increase buy-in from researchers.

For more information and register, click here.

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Dec 6, 2018 @ 1PM ET/12PM CT| MABioN Webinar – A Change In Climate Can Lead To A Better Safety Culture

Dec 6, 2018 @ 1PM ET/12PM CT| MABioN Webinar – A Change in Climate Can Lead to a Better Safety Culture

MABioN is proud to offer a webinar discussing

A Change in Climate Can Lead to a Better Safety Culture

Laboratory animal research presents unique hazards to worker safety. Many times, unsafe conditions are not discovered until an injury occurs. In most cases, the injury could have been prevented had someone informed the staff or safety team of an at-risk condition or a near miss. To cultivate the safety climate in animal facilities and encourage proactive rather than reactive reporting, laboratory animal resource (LAR) groups should partner with the safety, health, and environment (SHE) groups to take a behavioral-based safety (BBS) approach. A primary focus is to measure the performance of culture, rather than the absence of injury. This presentation will look at implementing BBS from both a Safety and LAR management level as well as how BBS can impact employees from all levels.
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Last Call! May 17, 2018 MABioN Webinar – “IMPLEMENTATION OF A BSL2 RECOGNITION PROGRAM AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY”

Last Call! May 17, 2018 MABioN Webinar – “IMPLEMENTATION OF A BSL2 RECOGNITION PROGRAM AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY”

The oversight of Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL2) presents a number of challenges in research safety management in many large research institutions.  The reasons for this may vary but are often some combination of lax oversight by the Principal Investigator, disorganization, poor housekeeping and the haphazard use of Personal Protective Equipment.  On the other hand, there are some extraordinarily well managed BSL2 labs that deserve special recognition and dispensation for their efforts. At Northwestern University, our BSL2 Recognition Program both encourages and recognizes those labs that demonstrate and maintenance of a culture of safety and responsibility. Specifically, the Recognition Program:
  1. Ensures the safety of laboratory workers, support staff and the community.
  2. Assists laboratories in maintaining compliance with applicable NIH, OSHA, CDC, and EPA regulations as well as other relevant State and Local agencies (as applicable).
  3. Reinforces and rewards a positive working relationship between the Office for Research Safety (ORS) and individual laboratories.
  4. Grants special dispensation to accredited laboratories in the form of rewards and incentives including recognition, rewards and less frequent inspections.
The primary structure of the Northwestern University BSL2 Recognition Program has been developed in a form of a rubric by which laboratories could be accredited in a standardized fashion.  The rubric uses elements that had already existed as a part of the Office for Research Safety (ORS) Laboratory Safety Review (LSR), a safety checklist that Laboratory Safety Specialists (LSS) use to evaluate a laboratory.  The rubric identifies several key safety elements in which laboratories must not be deficient in order to achieve accreditation.  Additionally, two unannounced laboratory inspections will be conducted within a three month period prior to being considered for accreditation.  Upon achieving accreditation, a laboratory maintains that status for two years during which time laboratory inspections will be waived. Our goal is to recognize and award 10% of the BSL-2 laboratories. We have 230 BSL-2 labs in Chicago and 55 in Evanston. In 2017, we have awarded 7 laboratories on each campus. For 2018, we have recognized 12 laboratories in  Chicago and 1 in Evanston. Our goal for Evanston has been reached, but we are still working on getting few more labs from Chicago.
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