Stop TB Partnership Board meets to strengthen coordination, advocacy, scale up of the global TB efforts

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Stop TB Partnership Board meets to strengthen coordination, advocacy, scale up of the global TB efforts


14 July 2014 – Seattle, USA – The 25th Board meeting of the Stop TB Partnership will take important decisions on arrangements to strengthen its strategic effort, especially advocacy, post 2015 work and coordination efforts as well as the continuous engagement with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The meeting, which is hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at their Seattle office, will also hear about progress on work to change the language and messages for TB that would engage more people and generate more support for the fight against the disease in the current global environment.


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New infectious diseases society has multidisciplinary approach

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Milan, Italy – A new International Scientific Society called WAIDID (World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders) was announced this week at the Infectious Diseases World Summit in Shanghai, China.

Presided over by Prof. Susanna Esposito, WAIDID has the objective of promoting scientific research and the dissemination of information on infectious and immunological diseases both nationally and internationally while raising public awareness with regard to such diseases at both the pediatric and adult levels.

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ABSA Conference Registration is open

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ABSA is proud to announce the 57th Annual Biological Safety Conference held October 3-8, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. The scientific program, preconference courses, registration, and hotel links are now online at http://www.absaconference.org.

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Persuading the Scientific Mind: Hamid Ghanadan at TEDxCambridge 2014

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Persuading the Scientific Mind: Hamid Ghanadan at TEDxCambridge 2014

What do scientists need to succeed? As trained biochemist and science marketer Hamid Ghanadan tells us, they need to have facts accepted as truth — by other scientists. In this talk, he shares the surprising truth behind how to persuade anyone with a scientific mind.

Newly Released Z9.14 Standard for Lab Ventilation This Critical Standard is Now Available Through ABSA and ASSE!

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On January 24, 2014, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the new standard, “Testing and Performance Verification Methodologies for Ventilation Systems for BSL-3/ABSL-3 Facilities” (ANSI/ASSE Z9.14-2014).

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) take great pride in alerting the SH&E Community that this critical ventilation safety standard has now been released. Interest in this standard is significant and ASSE and ABSA are pleased to join forces in order to raise awareness of this important standard.

 

The ANSI/ASSE Z9.14 Standard focuses on performance verification of engineering controls related specifically to ventilation system features of BSL-3/ABSL-3 facilities. ANSI/ASSE Z9.14 uses a risk assessment and performance-based approach to provide the technical specifications and background information needed to address the technical, engineering, and associated systems for ventilation within a BSL-3/ABSL-3 laboratory. As such, it is fully compatible with biorisk-management systems and national and international health and safety management systems without duplicating or contradicting their requirements. The standard provides one component of a more extensive graduated and risk-based approach to reaching containment goals appropriate to the risk of the agent and the laboratory activity. Z9.14 is the only guidance that provides a methodology to verify ventilation systems in high containment facilities. 

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UW News | Genes found in nature yield 1918-like virus with pandemic potential

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An international team of researchers has shown that circulating avian influenza viruses contain all the genetic ingredients necessary to underpin the emergence of a virus similar to the deadly 1918 influenza virus.

Searching public databases, the researchers, led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, identified eight genes from influenza viruses isolated from wild ducks…

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New animal handling station creates a safer environment for both animals and technicians

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Plymouth, MN: April 8, 2014 – The world of laboratory animal handling just became a great deal safer thanks to an ergonomically designed biological cabinet design from NuAire. These next-generation units have already received approval from the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) and are ANSI 49 Listed.

NuAire, a manufacturer of ergonomic laboratory equipment based in Plymouth, MN, is known for its innovative designs in animal handling enclosures. Now, NuAire is announcing the introduction of a revolutionary cabinet – the NSF listed LabGard ES NU-677 Animal Class II, Type A2 Animal Handling Biological Safety Cabinet and Cage Changing Station. It has energized the market with its ability to provide personnel, product, and environmental protection for sensitive animal handling and cage changing procedures.

The most remarkable innovation of this new workstation is its flexibility with options and accessories that allow a safer, more productive work environment for lab technicians. The NU-677 is both mobile and height adjustable, designed for maximum user comfort and adjustability to meet the requirements of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Because the design incorporates a more usable workspace, it will reduce arm, neck and shoulder strain from repeated use better than any other model on the marketplace.

NuAire garnered the NSF/ANSI 49 listing for biological containment protection for both the operator and product. NuAire routinely validates to ensure maximum protection. The new design incorporates four optional feed hoppers, allowing technicians to access up to four unique diets within a sterile work zone. Also, animal hair and dander is captured in a pre-filter built into the back wall to help extend the working life of the HEPA filters. The result is a safety cabinet that can handle a 300 percent increase in filter loading without a significant reduction in air delivery. Meanwhile, lab workers are protected by an aerodynamic air foil that pulls air back into the front grill, protecting users from air-borne contaminants.

Above all, the advanced mechanics of the ECM motor technology drive down costs of ownership by 40 percent with their energy savings. ECM motors generate less heat and reduce stress on the HVAC systems while operating at lower decibel levels. The LabGard ES NU-677 earns its NSF listing with safety features for both products and personnel.

 

 

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What are Stem Cells?

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Iowa Farm Bureau | Renew Rual Iowa

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Iowa Minute is a 60-second news feature that highlights the role agriculture and Farm Bureau play in the lives of all Iowans.

A NuAire laminar airflow model NU-301 can be spotted in this 60 second clip about renewing rural Iowa.

 

2013 IFBA Biosafety Heroes Award Winners

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The IFBA (International Federation of Biosafety Associations) have recently announced the winners of the 2013 Biosafety Heroes Awards. The Biosafety Heroes Awards were created to identify and honor biosafety professionals whose contributions to biosafety and biosecurity have played a significant role in their communities.

NuAire congratulates Dr. Lela Bakanidze and Dr. Mahama Touré. To read the IFBA press release Click Here. To learn more about Dr. Lela Bakanidze and Dr. Mahama Touré Click Here.

Learn how NuAire is working with the IFBA to help promote biosafety and biosecurity Click Here.