8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PC01: Leave the Bugs at Home!
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PC02: Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PC03: Field Research Safety for Biosafety Professionals
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PC04: Large or Small, the Challenges are the Same: 5 Key Areas Where Biosafety Programs Break Down
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PC05: Risks and Consequences of Deferred Maintenance
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PC06: Challenges of Introducing New Agents and Animals into your Institution
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PC07: A Roadmap for an Effective Biosafety Program
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PC08: Evaluating Innovation versus Evolution in Containment Facility Design & Technologies
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PC09: Risk Assessment in Animal Care
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PC10: Deferred Maintenance:  Development of Facility Risk Assessment
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PC11: Travel Medicine and Working Overseas
Opening Breakfast in the Exhibit Area
SESSION 1: Performing Risk Assessments: Mapping the Journey
Risk Assessment:
Risk Assessment: The Foundation of Every Good Biorisk Management System
Reynolds Salerno, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Everyday Risk Assessment
Maureen Thompson, BSN, RN, COHN-S, RBP, Emory University


Breakout Sessions:

Risk Assessment Case Studies
Clinical Laboratories: Preparing for a High Risk, Unknown Pathogen
Drew Fayram, MS, RBP(ABSA), Iowa State Public Health Laboratory and Beverly Dickson, MD, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital

Animal Facility Risk Assessments: Biting the Hand That Feeds You
Tim Mandrell, DVM, DACLAM, Consultant and Cassandra Tansey, DVM, DACLAM, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Research: Risk Assessment for Research Laboratories
Dee Zimmerman, ABSA International Past President, Paul Meechan, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Consultant, Kalpana Rengarajan, PhD, MPH, JM, RBP, Emory University, and Sophie Brocard, PhD, RBP, CBSP, University of Texas Medical Branch

SESSION 2: The Value of Risk Assessement: Making the Most of your Investment
Delta Air Lines: Managing Safety Risk at a Global Air Carrier
John Laughter, MBA, SVP – Corporate Safety, Security, and Compliance, Delta Air Lines
The Value of Avoiding an Exposure
Michael Pentella, PhD, (ABMM), State Hygienic Laboratory, University of Iowa, College of Public Health
Lessons Learned in Risk Assessment for the Laboratory and Beyond
Ryan Ritterson, PhD, Gryphon Scientific
ABSA Update
Dee Zimmerman, ABSA International Past Present
Networking Reception in Exhibit Area
Breakfast in Exhibit Area


Keynote: Exploring Human Factors at Work

Risks and Opportunities: Update on the Nation’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic from CDC/NIOSH
L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health  

Listening to the Narrative: Strategies for Assessing Personnel Suitability and Reliability
Casey Skvorc, PhD, JD, National Institutes of Health

SESSION 3: Minimizing Workplace Risk: Preparing for Bumps
Along the Way

Regulations: Don’t Get a Ticket!
Updates to CDC/NIH BMBL
Paul Meechan, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Consultant

Updates to WHO LBM
Kazunobu (Kaz) Kojima, MD, PhD, World Health Organization

Posters, Exhibits, Product Showcases
Laboratory Emergency Response Plans: A Team Approach
Patrick Stockton, MS, RBP, University of Georgia (Biosafety), Steve Harris, University of Georgia (Emergency Preparedness), Captain Adam Fouche, University of Georgia (Police), and Roger L. Evans, Athens Clark County (Fire)

Emergencies: Lightning Round

What Would You Do?
Mary Ann Sondrini, EdM, Eagleson Institute

Clinical Laboratory Biosafety: How Past Lessons Revealed a Path to the Future
Nancy E. Cornish, MD (FCAP) (FASCP)
Breakfast in Prefunction Area or A Breakfast for Biosafety Champions – Nancy E. Cornish, MD (FCAP) (FASCP)
SESSION 4: Facility Operations: Arriving Safely
Welcome / Evolution of Biosafety, Biosecurity and Biorisk Management Policies, Procedures and Guidelines in a Developing Country
Dr. Asadulghani, MSc, MPhil, PhD, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Breakout Sessions
Animal: Issues in Operation and Decontamination in Animal Research Facilities
Jason Villano, DVM, MSc, MS, DACLAM, Johns Hopkins University 

Clinical Laboratories: Decontamination in the Clinical Laboratory: A Unique Environment
Sheldon Campbell, MD, PhD, FCAP, Yale School of Medicine

Research: Using Risk Assessment to Identify, Evaluate and Prioritize Facility Repairs
John R. Henneman, M.S., RBP/ABSA, Biosecurity Research Institute and Miguel A. Grimaldo, M. Eng, University of Texas Medical Branch

Poliovirus Containment – Where are we now?
Christy Myrick, PHD, RBP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Experiences Coordinating Laboratory Policies and Procedures at CDC 
Steve Monroe, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Musical Wrap-Up
Sheldon Campbell, MD, PhD, FCAP, the Singing Microbiologist