2021 ChABSA Annual Scientific Virtual

Symposium and Pre-Symposium Workshops

June 7-9, 2021

Workshop Registration is now open.  Click here for details


Symposium Registration

Symposium Early Bird Pricing (through 5/28/21) $50 for ChABSA members and ABSA Affiliate Members, $60 for non-members.  Student early bird is only $15.

Regular prices will be $65 for members and $75 for non-members.  Student regular pricing is $25.


Below are proposed topics and speakers*




Patty Olinger

Keynote Speaker: Biorisk Management – Outside The Lab

Ian Crozier

Keynote Speaker: At the (evolving) EVD bedside in 2021: from Kenema to Congo (and back again)

Paul Landon

How Battelle's Safe Conduct of Research contributes to a positive safety culture at NBACC

Barbara Owen

Implementing a Biosecurity Program at a Pharmaceutical Institution

Melissa Moreland

ABSA Update

David Harbourt

Modeling The Stability Of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2) On Skin, Clothing, Currency, Produce And Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Across Different Temperatures

Imke Schroeder

Developing an Online Safety Training Program For Researchers

Maria Landron

APHL’s Impact in the International Biosafety Arena

Panel Discussion

Occupational Health Clinics and Biosafety (Incidnet) Communication Strategies


 *subject to change

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Key Note Speaker Bios

Ian Crozier


Ian Crozier is an infectious diseases clinician-scientist at the Frederick National Lab providing chief medical officer support to NIAID’s Biosafety-Level-4 Integrated Research Facility (IRF) at Fort Detrick. His current position enables bidirectional agility between the human clinical bedside and animal models of high-threat infectious diseases, most recently in ongoing clinical and research efforts in the 2018-20 Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Related experience began in August 2014, when he was deployed by the World Health Organization to an Ebola [virus disease] Treatment Unit in eastern Sierra Leone, then continued after his own infection, medical evacuation, and critical illness at Emory University Hospital’s Severe Communicable Diseases Unit. Among other sequelae, his recovery was complicated by sight-threatening eye disease associated with persistent intra-ocular Ebola virus infection. Subsequent work with WHO and an Emory University Eye team focused on characterizing and understanding the sequelae of Ebola virus disease in West African survivors, targeting their clinical care needs, the management of residual risk related to viral persistence, and scientific questions newly emerging at survivor bedsides. Prior to 2014, he spent many years based at the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, where his work focused on developing complex clinical decision-making in African clinicians caring for patients with HIV and other infectious diseases. He completed his infectious diseases and medical training at Vanderbilt University. He is originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.


Clinical Monitoring Research Program Directorate, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research Support to: NIAID Integrated Research Facility at Fort Detrick (IRF-Frederick)

Heike Bailin

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Heike Bailin currently serves as Deputy Director of the NIH Occupational Medical Service.  She earned her degree at the University of Maryland and, after an internship in General Surgery, graduated from the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Program and became board-certified in Family Medicine. Prior to joining the OMS in 2009, she worked as a primary and emergency care provider serving urban and rural populations in a wide variety of settings.  She embraces occupational medicine as public health in the workplace grounded in evidence-based medicine and the collaboration of stakeholders in workers’ health and safety.  Her commitment to compassionate care and medical support tailored to the needs – and risks – of the individual and the organization has earned her the respect of patients and colleagues alike. She has contributed to a culture of safety by fostering learning and continuous improvement and by seeking systems-oriented solutions to complex workplace health concerns. For example, in the latest edition of the BMBL chapter on occupational medical support, she emphasized the rationale for an interdisciplinary approach to develop and implement effective preventive care and incident response for those working with human pathogens and toxins, an approach best facilitated by integrating safety, clinical and administrative staff in collaboration, including with the workforce they serve.


Organization: Occupational Medical Service, National Institutes of Health