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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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 125 attendees so early registration is encouraged.

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

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.  

For your information the following is the draft agenda for the 2018 IBC conference:

Draft IBC Schedule



8:55 - 9:00am


Ken Gordon and Steve Libby

9:00 – 10:00am

(60 mins)

Key Note Address

Biosafety, Risk Assessments, and how this is incorporated into the new BMBL 6th edition.

10:00 – 10:15am

(15 mins)



10:15 – 10:45am

(30 mins)

Applying risk assessment and the challenges of a small program to occupational health and biosafety 

10:45 – 11:15am

(30 mins)

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

11:15 – Noon

(45 minutes)

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

Noon - 1:00pm

(60 minutes) 


1:00 - 2:00pm

(15 mins)

Key Note: Lois Zitzow (University of Georgia)

Integration of IBCs and IACUCs.  

2:00 - 2:30pm

(30 mins)

Matt Philpott (Oregon State University)

Risk Assessment in a Vet School 

2:30 – 3:00pm

(60 mins)

David Emery

Biosafety considerations for human gene transfer clinical trials. 

3:00 - 3:15pm

(15 mins)



3:15pm - 3:45pm

(30 minutes)

Steve Libby (UW)

Real life implications of risk assessment and risk reduction,

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Risk Assessment of environmental and field research


Conference closing remarks and happy hour




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