Oct 11

ABSA Risk Group Database App

Risk Group Database App
FREE for iTunes and Android!

ABSA International created an app for the ABSA Risk Group Database, which is available for Apple and Android devices. The app will allow users to access the ABSA Risk Group Database on their mobile devices.

The ABSA Risk Group Database consists of international risk group classifications for Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and Parasites. In many countries, including the United States, infectious agents are categorized in risk groups based on their relative risk. Depending on the country and/or organization, this classification system might take the following factors into consideration: pathogenicity of the organism; mode of transmission and host range; availability of effective preventive measures (e.g., vaccines); availability of effective treatment (e.g., antibiotics); and other factors.

iPhone and iPad Instructions:
You can download the Risk Group Database app in the Apple iTunes store by searching for “Risk Group Database app.”

Android Instructions:
You can download the Risk Group Database app in the Google Play Store by searching for “Risk Group Database.”

The app only works when your device is connected to the internet.

Please send any comments or suggestions about the app to info@absa.org. An update is being planned for early October.

ABSA International would like to express our sincere gratitude to the fellows at the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Program (NBBTP) for updating the ABSA Risk Group Database.

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Sep 16

Public Health: Biosecurity and the Global Health Security Agenda

ABSA – Webinar: Public Health: Biosecurity and the Global Health Security Agenda

Public Health: Biosecurity and the Global Health Security Agenda

A distance learning opportunity
December 7, 2016, 11:00 – 1:00pm (CST)

The U.S. has taken the lead on a global campaign to fortify both public health and international security. The Public Health: Biosecurity and the Global Health Security Agenda webinar will review the nexus between public health and biosecurity, through the context of the developing Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). We will learn how modern threat management concepts can be efficiently employed by the GHSA to augment both public health response and preparedness in the event of a natural outbreak, or from the perspective of an intentional attack.

This webinar will be a 2-hour webinar session on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 11:00am CST. For the webinar, you should plan on logging in at 10:45 am (CST) on December 7. You are required to attend the webinar session, complete the pre and post assessments, and evaluation in order to earn P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours*. The link in the invitation will be unique to the user and cannot be shared.

Download Flyer(pdf 203KB)

Online Registration

OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define the methods and goals of the GHSA
  • Paraphrase how threat management techniques can be applied at a macro level to augment global security in the context of epidemics and bioterrorism
  • Describe how biosecurity plays a vital role in public and global health

The webinar will be presented by Ryan N. Burnette, PhD, Director, International Biosecurity & Biosafety Programs, At Risk International.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Non-profit, academic and industry leaders interested or involved in GHSA activities
  • Security/threat management professionals
  • Regulatory professionals
  • Public health officials

This course has been approved for 0.25 CM points toward RBP/CBSP recertification. *ABSA International is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. This course is approved for 2.30 P.A.C.E.® contact hours.

QUESTIONS

Please direct questions about this course to:
Contact KariAnn DeServi
Director of Education
ABSA
866.425.1385 / info@absa.org

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Aug 05

Virus-based Gene Transfer Vectors – ABSA Training

Virus-based Gene Transfer Vectors

A distance learning opportunity
November 1 and 3, 2016, 12:30 – 3:00pm (CDT)

Virus-based Gene Transfer Vectors is an intermediate course that will examine the molecules, processes, and techniques involved in recombinant gene expression. Participants will explore the technology of how viruses are converted into vector systems for the transfer of gene expression constructs. Common viral vector systems, including retroviruses, lentiviruses, adenoviruses, poxviruses, herpesviruses, alphaviruses, and baculoviruses will be discussed with an emphasis on the biosafety characteristics of the vectors derived from these viruses. This course is targeted for the biosafety professional who is not actively conducting laboratory research, yet requires a basic understanding of recombinant DNA methodology.

This webinar will be a two-2.5-hour webinar session on Tuesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12:30pm CDT. For the webinar, you should plan on logging in at 12:15 pm (CDT) on November 1 and November 3. You are required to attend the webinar session, complete the pre and post assessments, and evaluation in order to earn P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours*. The link in the invitation will be unique to the user and cannot be shared.

Download Flyer(pdf 203KB)

Online Registration

OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
•Describe processes of recombinant gene expression
•Discuss concepts of viral vector technology and biosafety features
•Recognize characteristics of vector systems unique to specific viruses
•Apply knowledge of recombinant gene expression and viral vector principles to risk assessments

The webinar will be presented by Patrick Condreay, PhD, RBP, pc Biosafety Consultant Services, LLC, Carrboro, NC

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
•Laboratory Workers
•All Safety Professionals
•All Biosafety Professionals

SUGGESTED BACKGROUND
•Fundamentals of Biosafety
•Micro/Molecular Biology 101

This course has been approved for 0.5 CM points toward RBP/CBSP recertification. *ABSA International is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. This course is approved for 6.00 P.A.C.E.® contact hours.

QUESTIONS

Please direct questions about this course to:
Contact KariAnn DeServi
Director of Education
ABSA
866.425.1385 / info@absa.org

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Aug 05

Developing Effective Laboratory Safety Training – ABSA Training

Developing Effective Laboratory Safety Training
An ABSA Blended Learning Opportunity
August 30 and September 20, 2016
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm(CDT)
Self-paced portion begins week of 1 August 2016
Training others in biosafety/safety or developing a training program is a critical skill and a growing responsibility for biosafety/safety professionals. “Developing Effective Laboratory Safety Training” is a comprehensive instructional design and training delivery course intended for non-training professionals who want to learn about the fundamentals of adult learning, best practices, and how to produce quality training.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Design and develop training opportunities to better meet the needs of your organization
  2. Select and implement the most effective and efficient methods of training delivery for your organization
The webinar will be presented by:
Tanya Dvorak, PhD                       Don Callihan, PhD
University of Kentucky                 At-RISK International
Lexington, KY                                Chantilly, VA
This is a blended learning course incorporating self-paced learning modules, self-directed activities, and concluding with 2-two hour webinar sessions. During this course, participants are to create a new or improve an existing training course for use at their institution. The live webinar sessions are highly interactive and will bring together course content through attendee participation and allow participants the opportunity to share and receive feedback on the training course they created during the course. Additionally, the webinars will allow participants to ask questions and gain clarification on the topics covered in the course. Approximately 11-hours should be allotted for the full training course (pre-course assessment through final webinar). Participants will begin this course by using their own personal schedule to plan the completion of a pre-course assessment and four self-paced modules prior to the first webinar. Following the first webinar, completion of the remaining three self-paced modules will take place concluding with the final webinar, post-course assessment, and evaluation. You are required to complete the modules and project, attend the webinar sessions, complete the pre and post assessments, and evaluations in order to earn P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours*. 
This course has been approved for 0.5 CM points toward RBP/CBSP recertification. * ABSA International is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.  This course is approved for 10.50 P.A.C.E.® contact hours.
Additional information and registration can be found at
ABSA International
info@absa.org

Toll-Free: 866-425-1385
847-949-1517

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Nov 10

Molecular Biology 101 – ABSA Training

ABSA – Molecular Biology 101

Molecular Biology 101

A distance learning opportunity
November 8 and 10, 2016
12:00 – 2:30pm (CST)

Molecular Biology 101 is intended for those professionals that participate in protocol review, facilities planning, and other risk assessment activities but lack a basic understanding of molecular biology and techniques. Following this course, attendees will be able to do more than regurgitate facts and use the new understanding of the principles of molecular biology in various situations at their institution. This course will cover topics such as the chemistry of nucleic acids, DNA replication, RNA transcription, and protein translation, the Central Dogma of Biology, DNA cloning, transfection of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, restriction enzymes, and recombinant DNA lab methodologies (including PCR, DNA fingerprinting, sequencing, and detection protocols). While this course will not turn you into a molecular biologist, it will give you enough background information to understand the nature and manipulation of genetic material and hopefully unveil the mystery of deoxyribonucleic acid.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the differences and chemistry of nucleic acids
  • Define general molecular biology techniques
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of molecular biology used to develop recombinant DNA technology and to show how these technologies are used to study biological phenomena

Online Registration

Download Brochure and Print Registration Form(PDF 208KB)

This webinar will be a two-2.5-hour webinar session on Tuesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 12:00pm CST. For the webinar, you should plan on logging in at 11:45 pm (CST) on November 8 and November 10. You are required to attend the webinar session, complete the pre and post assessments, and evaluation in order to earn P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours*. The link in the invitation will be unique to the user and cannot be shared.

The webinar will be presented by James Klenner, MSc, MPH, MPA, RBP, CBSP, Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • All Safety Professionals
  • New Biosafety Professionals
  • Non-Scientists that review protocols

This course has been approved for 0.5 CM points toward RBP/CBSP recertification. * ABSA International is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. This course is approved for 6.00 P.A.C.E.® contact hours.


QUESTIONS
Please direct questions about this course to:
KariAnn DeServi
Director of Education
ABSA Office
(866) 425-1385 (toll free)
E-mail: kariann@absaoffice.org

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Oct 21

Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award

Biosafety director earns acclaim for securing research pathogens | SOURCE

The Colorado State University officer charged with protecting researchers and the public from infectious research pathogens has received international honors for effective safeguards that support research success.

Bob Ellis, CSU biosafety director, earned the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award from the American Biological Safety Association for outstanding work promoting biosafety and high professional standards.

full article

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Jun 16

HHS selects nine regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment centers

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2015pres/06/20150612b.html

HHS selects nine regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment centers
• Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in partnership with Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado

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