Conference Agenda

MONDAY, August 29, 2022


8:15AM – 9:15AM – Evidence, Experience, Expertise: Lessons from the US Coronavirus Disease Public Health Response
Henry Walke, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Preparedness and Response, CDC


SESSION: The Changed Workplace


10:15AM – 11:45AM – PPE-Stories from the Field – Challenges and Opportunities – 
Jillian Condrey, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, Associate Clinical Veterinarian, Comparative Medicine Animal Disaster Response Program, CDC
Scott Alderman, MS, CBSP, Associate Director, Duke University Human Vaccine Institute


1:00PM – 2:15PM – Psychological Support for the Workforce Panel from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
Chanda C. Graves, PhD, ABPP, Assistant Professor,
Joya N. Hampton-Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor,
Erica D. Marshall – Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor


2:15PM – 3:00PM – Virtual Inspections: Tools and Techniques for Success
Bobbie Parker, MT, Laboratory Consultant, CLIA Program, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Mick Scanlan, MD, FCAP, Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, School of Medicine
Christine Traviss, PhD, Lead Microbiologist, Center for Preparedness & Response, Division of Select Agents & Toxins, CDC


3:30PM – 4:15PM – Assessing Risk and Biosafety During Emergency Field-Testing
Lieutenant (USPHS) Kindra Stokes, PhD, Public Health Advisor Lead, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotions, CDC
Laura J. Hughes, PhD, Division Biosafety Officer, Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, CDC
Lieutenant (USPHS) Oren Mayer, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, CDC


4:15PM – 4:45PM – The Growth of Collaborations and Partnerships
Group Activity


Special Presentation
8:15AM – 9:00AM – The Future of Work: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Biosafety
Jay Vietas, PhD, CIH, CSP, Chief of the Emerging Technologies Branch, Division of Science Integration, NIOSH, CDC
TUESDAY, August 30, 2022
SESSION: Science and Risk Assessment


9:00AM – 9:45AM – Animal Transmission of Coronaviruses
David Suarez, DVM, PhD, Research Leader, Exotic & Emerging Avian Viral Diseases Research, USDA


10:15AM – 11:45AM – Breakout Sessions
A. Animal
Case Studies
Cassandra Tansey, DVM, DACLAM, Deputy Chief Comparative Medicine Branch, National Center for Emerging and Infectious Zoonotic Diseases, CDC

B. Clinical
Risk Assessment for POC Testing in Nontraditional Settings Panel Members are from Division of Laboratory Systems, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, CDC
Sabrina DeBose, DHSc, MS, RBP, Safety Team Lead
Aufra C. Araujo, PhD, Health Scientist, Biosafety Team
Alicia Branch, PhD, Health Scientist
Jake D. Bunn, MBA, MLS(ASCP), Chief Laboratory Scientist


SESSION: Transformation of Training


1:00PM – 2:00PM – Training in a Virtual Work Environment: What Works?
Lightning Round: Participant Stories


2:00PM – 2:30PM – Using Virtual Reality in Laboratory Training
Joe Rothschild, Health Communication Specialist, Division of Laboratory Systems, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, CDC
Santiago Junca, MS, Health Communication Specialist, Division of Laboratory Systems, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, CDC


3:00PM – 3:45PM – Issues for Training in Non-Traditional Environments
Mike Pentella PhD, D(ABMM), Laboratory Director and Clinical Professor, State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa
Carrie Anglewicz, MS, Biosafety Officer, State Training Coordinator, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services


Special Presentation
3:45PM – 5:00PM – Challenges of Communicating in a Climate of Disinformation
LouAnn Burnett, MS, CBSP, Sandia National Laboratories
Nicole Murchison, PhD, Sandia National Laboratories
WEDNESDAY, August 31, 2022
Special Presentation
8:00AM – 10:45AM – Pathogens of the Future…Are We Ready?
Timothy Uyeki, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Zachary Weiner, PhD, RBP, Lead, Zoonoses and Select Agent Laboratory, Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch, CDC
Christina Hutson, PhD, Deputy Branch Chief (acting), Poxvirus and Rabies Branch, Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, CDC
Trevor Shoemaker, PhD, MPH, Team Lead, Viral Special Pathogens Branch, Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, CDC
Ann Powers, PhD, Vector-Borne Diseases Division, CDC
SESSION: Preparedness Planning



11:00AM – 11:45AM – Did Existing Plans Work for the Current Pandemic?
Doug Meckes, DVM, State Veterinarian (Retired), North Carolina


11:45AM – 12:30PM – Adapting our Emergency Plans for the Future
Paul Meechan, PhD, MPH, Biosafety Consultant