IBC: Institutional Biosafety Committee Conference

Institutional Biosafety Committee Conference


January 23, 2018, 9.00am to 4.45pm at the Laurel Place, Seattle WA.


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The role and complexity of the work of Institutional Biosafety Committees has markedly increased over the last few years.  This conference aims to provide professional development and sharing and networking opportunities for IBC professionals and committee members.  A key goal of the conference planning committee is to ensure that conference attendees leave the event with information that can directly inform their IBC and Health and Safety practice.

The 2018 conference will continue the dual focus of ensuring that current systems are well run and that committee members are also prepared for new issues and emerging or changed regulations.  A key theme this year will also be risk assessment.  Dr. Lois Zitzow, MS, DVM, DACLAM is a confirmed keynote speaker for this conference.  Dr. Zitzow is the Director, University Research Animal Resources at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Zitzow will focus on the interface between IBC and IACUC processes.

For any help witht this conference or for speaker suggestions please contact Ken Gordon ((206) 957-3337.

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Draft Program for the IBC Conference to be held on January 23, 2018 at the Laurel Place Banquet Facility. 

Theme: Risk Assessment applied to Biosafety and IBCs 





Registration Opens



Conference Opens  and  Welcoming Statement

Ken Gordon/

Steve Libby


Paul Meechan – Center for Disease Control

Risk Assessments:  The BMBL and NIH Guidelines view.


Mid-morning break



Michelle Kom Gochnour – Seattle Children’s

Applying risk assessment: challenges to occupational health and biosafety in a small program


Eleanor Wade and Katia Harb – University of Washington

The proper use of biological safety cabinets and risk assessment for chemical use in a BSC, risk assessment with their design, purpose, and practical use


Hans-Peter Kiem


This will be a talk that highlights the science in moving a potential genetic therapy from bench to bedside.





Lois Zitzow – University of Georgia

Integrations of IBCs and IACUCs. 


Matt Philpott – Oregon State University

Biosafety Challenges in Veterinary Schools


Daniel Kavanagh

Biosafety considerations for human gene transfer clinical trials


Midafternoon break



Steve Libby (UW)

This session will consider real life implications of risk assessment and risk reduction.


Scott Meschke

Risk assessment of environmental and field research


Conference Closing Remarks  and Happy Hour

Ken Gordon/

Steve Libby

Our goal for this meeting is to provide the most current information for IBC and IACUC members to be able to implement regulations and guide principal investigators.  The conference is limited to 200 attendees so early registration is encouraged.

This conference has been approved for 1 point for RBP/CBSP Credentialing Maintenance by the ABSA Credentialing Maintenance Board.  The CM # for this conference is 17-1272.

Vendors and staff of NWABR member organizations receive significant conference discounts.  Please contact Ken (206 957-3337) for discount codes.  You can also email Ken at executivedirector@nwabr.org.

There will be a limited number of free spaces available at the conference for the community members of IBCs.  Please contact Ken for the Community Member discount code (please note: these free spaces are only available for NWABR members).

For more information about this conference, or if you are interested in being a vendor or sponsor at the conference please also contact Ken.  

This conference is made possible by the member organizations of NWABR who provide the seed capital for the planning of these educational opportunities.  Please visit the member page to find out more about each of these amazing organizations.  



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