Spring 2019 FRaBSA Meeting


The Spring FRaBSA Meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2019 at

Wyoming Public Health – Cheyenne WY

Dr. Christine Ellis—Field Biosafety—What is it exactly?
Dr. Hull—Notes from the field: Biosafety Considerations when working with Brucella suis infected animals
If you questions for the Field Safety Risk Assessment Panel on


please contact Zachary Wilson (Zachary.wilson@ucdenver.edu)

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Board Nominations Open

Interested in getting more plugged in to FRaBSA

Join the FRaBSA Board

The  Front  Range  Biological  Safety  Association  (FRaBSA)  is  an  official  affiliate  of  the  American Biological  Safety  Association   (ABSA).    FRaBSA   was  founded  in  2009   for  the  purpose  of promoting  the  principles  of  biological  safety  and  providing  a  forum  for  dissemination  of information between individuals in this and related fields.

We are looking for individuals who are interested in serving on the Front Range Biosafety Association Board in one of the following capacities:

President-Elect – This entails a 3-year commitment (1 year as President-Elect, 1 year as President, 1 year as Past-President)

Secretary – This is a 2-year commitment

Counselor-at-large – This is a 2-year commitment

We are also looking for members for both the Education and Outreach Committees.

For a detailed description of each position please refer to the by-laws https://frabsa.org/members-only/bylaws/

What kind of time commitment does this require?  We have monthly board meetings via teleconference, some work outside of the board meetings depending upon the issues we are addressing.  In addition, you are expected to participate to the extent possible with 3 general membership meetings held during the year.


If you are interested in running or want to nominate someone else for a position, please use this link.



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Upcoming Training

The 16th Annual Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course will be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, at the Hilton Fort Collins hotel.

The BBTC 2019 Hilton Fort Collins room rates are $129 per night for single or double. Hotel room rates may change without notice.  The cutoff date for hotel reservations is Monday, June 17, 2019. The hotel phone number is 970-482-2626. Call the hotel to reserve your special group room rate under the group/block name of “Biosafety and Biosecurity Training“, or use the on-line custom room reservation link found at the BBTC website.

Please check the website for updates.

Animal Session: July 8-9, will be animal oriented. Topics to be covered include large animal ABSL–2 and –3 facilities design, containment and management; Laboratory animal ABSL–2 and –3 facilities design, containment and management; Prion disease research Biosafety; Field Investigations; and Select Agent inspection preparations.

General Session: July 9, 10, 11, will be general Biosafety and Biosecurity. Topics to be covered include Risk assessment; Entity specific inspection and audit preparations and responses; Select Agent regulations and changes, administration, and inspection preparations; Design and management of insectaries; HEPA filters and biosafety cabinet certification; BSL-2 and BSL-3 building design and operations; Dual Use Research of Concern Guidelines/Oversight; and Clinical and Public Health Lab Biosafety.

Plant Session: July 11-12, will be plant oriented: Greenhouse design and management; Modern greenhouse tour; Regulations and permit procedures; Containment of recombinant plants and synthetic biology; Infectious disease research with plants; Biopharmaceuticals; Plant disease diagnostic lab network; Diseases of crops; and Select Agent inspection preparations.

Participants include individuals from universities, private industry, and government.

Please dress casual for the course.

Costs:e cost for the course is:

* Animal, General, and Plant Sessions, (Complete Course) July 8-12: $2100 US Dollars

* Animal and General Sessions: $1900 US Dollars

* General and Plant Sessions: $1900 US Dollars

* General Only Session: $1000 US Dollars

Registration fee includes all lunches, breaks, course materials, a course completion certificate, and a dinner out Tuesday evening, July 9.


The Course is directed by Dr. Robert P. Ellis, CBSP.  For more information, please contact Robert Ellis robert.ellis@colostate.edu or 970-567-6607

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2017 Symposium

The FRaBSA Inaugural Biosafety Symposium was held September 29, 2017 in Boulder, CO.

Agenda and links to the video are available in the members only section.

click here

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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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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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HHS selects nine regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment centers


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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