About FRaBSA

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.

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Registration – FRaBSA Meeting January 26, 2024

Registration for the January 26, 2024 Virtual Business and Technical Meeting are now open
FRaBSA Fall Meeting
January 26, 2024
(all times are MST)
Agenda
11:30-12:00 pm                 Gathering/Welcome/Introductions– Megan Brose, FRaBSA President
Business Meeting-Megan Brose, FRaBSA President

  • Outreach Committee Report,
  • Education Committee Report,
  • Communication Committee Report,
  • Finance Report,
  • New Topics

12:00-12:30 pm                Sponsor Presentation: Merrick                 
                                               
12:30-1:15 pm                  Proposed Updates to the NIH Guidelines and Other Stories
Kathryn Harris, Senior Outreach and Education Specialist in the Office of Science Policy (OSP), Division of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Emerging Biotechnology Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
1:15-2:00 pm                     After the Pandemic: Personal Protective Equipment Education & Research Updates
Dr. Beth Beam, Associate Professor in the College of Nursing U. of  Nebraska Medical College
2:00-2:15 pm                     Break
2:15-3:00 pm                     High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza in Mammals
Dr. Angela Bosco-Lauth, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University
3:00-3:30 pm                     Social Event
3:30 pm                               Adjourn-Megan Brose, FRaBSA President

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ABSA Emergeing Infectious Diseases Toolboxes

The EIDC is requesting that you help publicize the ABSA Emerging Infectious Diseases Toolboxes, which are found on the first page of the ABSA website.  These toolboxes are updated monthly and our goal is to keep them timely and useful for biosafety professionals.

The EIDC has recently added 2 new topics to the ABSA Toolbox site: Fungi and Waterborne Diseases.

Example of Fungi

Example of Waterborne Diseases

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Educational Scholarship Winners – April 2023

During our April 2023 meeting FRaBSA drew the names of 3 FRaBSA members for educational scholarships.

Each of these individuals will receive 1 (one) ABSA course over the next 90 days.

Congratulations to our winners:

Mary Nguyen – Univ. of Northern Colorado

Virgina Severns – Univ. of New Mexico

Joanie Ryan – Colorado State University

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BMBL 6th edition

  • Electronic pdf now available on CDC and NIH (safety) website
  • Electronic version is 508 compliant
  • Hard copy versions will be available beginning December 1st
  • CDC INFO On-Demand – Publications
    Enter the publication ID (300859)
  • NIH is providing an email box for errata
  • We intended to do electronic updates and an errata page that can be appended to the hard copy, but no updates to the hard copy
    BMBLComments@mail.nih.gov
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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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