Important Biosafety News from ABSA

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As you know, recent biosafety related incidents have occurred in the US Public Sector this past June and July that have triggered a series of events, including a US Congressional Hearing addressing the CDC Anthrax incident, issuance of a subsequent GAO (Government Accountability Office) report, and an initiation of an investigation by the Energy and Commerce Committee (a legislative committee in the US House of Representatives) regarding the handling of select agents by federal laboratories including CDC, FDA and NIH (investigation in progress).  These events are important for biosafety professionals to understand because they are being used to justify more stringent regulations and oversight across both the public and private sectors in the US.  These events also serve as a warning and reminder regarding the importance of establishing a program that effectively manages biorisk at your institution.

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New Blog from ICID

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The International Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID) has launched a brand new biosafety blog.

From ICID:

“The next 2 years will be the beginning of the “golden age” of biosafety and biosecurity.

Now more than ever, we need to stay up to date regarding issues of biosafety and biosecurity.

The list of issues facing the biosafety and biosecurity community is extensive, as evidenced by the recent ebola and anthrax concerns and changing legislations including the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act.

Everyday there are concerns which we need to be informed about.  Biosafety officers and other biosafety professionals are increasingly being called upon for their expertise and experience to advise and educate.   

ICID would like to assist the biosafety community in becoming stronger by gathering and sharing biosafety and biosecurity related information.  It is our vision that a stronger community will assist in bringing more timely responses to incidents both in our own facilities and internationally.”

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NEW EBOLA SESSION ADDED | ABSA San Diego Conference

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The ABSA Conference will be a great opportunity to catch up on the latest developments in biosafety, learn new solutions, and share with your peers.

NEW EBOLA SESSION ADDED:  The Scientific Program Committee has just added a session on Emory University’s experience with Ebola patients. More info will posted soon!

ABSA’s 57th Annual Biological Safety Conference will be held October 3-8, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. The scientific program, preconference courses, registration, and hotel links are available at http://www.absaconference.org.

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ABSA FREE Biological Safety Course for First Responders

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Biological Safety for First Responders is a two and a half hour workshop focusing on the history of biosafety, biosafety basics, university laboratories and associated research, regulatory aspects as well as Campus Emergency Response Teams (C.E.R.T.).

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August Edition of the LPA Reporter

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Read the latest edition of the LPA reporter.

HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

  • FDA Seeks to Regulate Lab-Developed Tests
  • Innovative Scientists Update Old-School Pipetting With New-Age Technology
  • Laboratory Automation
  • Duke and LabCorp Turn Mill Town Into a Biobank Using Facebook’s Business Model
  • Technology Translation Engine Launches ‘Organs-on-Chips’ Company
  • Berkshire Life Sciences Center Nabs $9.7M Grant
  • New Generation of Bio-Hackers Make DNA Misbehave
  • Cypher Genomics’ Analytics Tech Gains Some Cred in Illumina Deal
  • Bubble Wrap Could Send Lab Costs Packing
  • GTCR Paying $480 Million for Local Lab Equipment Firm
  • Laboratory Equipment Supplier Adds Molding With Acquisition of Bel-Art
  • Funding Research Facilities
  • The Lab for These FDA Scientists Is a Computer Screen

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ABSA’s 57th Annual Biological Safety Conference

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ABSA’s 57th Annual Biological Safety Conference will be held October 3-8, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. The scientific program, preconference courses, registration, and hotel links are available at http://www.absaconference.org.

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webinar on Developing a Culture of Safety in Scientific Research

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On Thursday, August 28, 2014, ABSA will be offering a webinar on Developing a Culture of Safety in Scientific Research. A panel discussion on aspects influencing a culture of safety combined with an on-demand, self-study module focusing on rethinking safety culture may be just what you need to affect a positive change at your institution.

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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.

Read the full article WAIDID World Association Immunological Disorders Susanna Esposito.

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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