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2015 Annual Scientific Symposium

Get Ready For The 2015 Symposium!

Draft Program*


7:15 – 8:00    Registration and Breakfast


8:15 – 8:30    ABSA Update Melissa Moreland, MS, CBSP, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Baltimore, MD


8:30 – 9:15    Assessing Biosafety Professional’s Evaluation and Control of Risks Associated with Field Collection of Specimens Shalaka Kotkar, PhD, MPH Environmental Health & Safety - Biological Safety at the University of TX Health Science Center, Houston, TX


9:15 – 9:45  An E. coli 0157:H7 Case Study at the USDA ARS Eastern Regional Center Joe Kozlovac, MS, RBP, CBSP, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD


10:20 – 10:50           Biosafety Challenges of Running a Mobile Ebola Diagnostic Lab in a Remote Area of Sierra Leone John Bagnoli


10:50 – 11:20  CLSI M29-A4 – A Tool for Addressing the Challenges of a Clinical Laboratory Biosafety Program.  Donald Callihan PhD, D(ABMM)


11:20 – 11:50                       Clinical Meets Containment Meets Camping: Biological Safety in a US Ebola Treatment Unit for Healthcare Workers in Monrovia, Liberia. CAPT Bruce Bernard, MD USPHS; CDR Thomas Janisko, P.A, USPHS; and LCDR Jennifer Danieley, MS, USPHS.


1:00 – 1:30    Business Meeting and Corporate Member Recognition


1:30 – 2:15  Key Note Address: Putting Occupational Safety and Health Research into Practice Frank Hearl, PE, Chief of Staff, NIOSH


2:15 – 2:45  Ampoule Opening Device: Lessons Learned from Gaithersburg Safety, Health and Environment Incident Study of Sharps Injuries Kimberly DiGiandomenico, MS, RBP, Safety, Health and Environment, MedImmune, LLC; and Anastasia Shutov, MS, Safety Specialist-Biosafety, Atrium Environmental Health and Safety Services, LLC, Gaithersburg, MD


3:15 – 3:45    Aerosol Monitoring of ABSL-4 Suites Housing Non-Human Primates Challenged with Ebola Virus David E. Harbourt, Ph.D., SM (NRCM), RBP, and Bill Dorman, Ph.D., U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ft. Detrick, MD


3:45- 4:15  Team Based Incident Investigation and the Art of Letting Go Karen Kelley, MS, CIH, CLSO, Manager, Laboratory Safety and Industrial Hygiene, Department of Environmental Safety, University of Maryland


4:15– 4:45     Open Forum Discussions & Grand Prize Raffle Drawing


4:45 – 5:00    Closing Remarks and Adjournment


 *Speakers, Topics, and Times subject to change


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Pre-Symposium Workshops:  June 16, 2015

Scientific Symposium:        June 17, 2015

Class 6.2 Shipping Course (SafTPak):   June 18, 2015


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