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31.10.2007 - Workshop-training Urgent Issues in Protecting Against Biological Threats

The International Advisory Group on Biosafety and Biosecurity (IAG) convened its second meeting for 2007 in Moscow from 17-19 October.  The series of events began with a reception on the night of the 17th at the House of Scientists.  A day of information exchange was held on 18 October at the Moscow Medical Academy’s Scientific Research Institute of Pharmacy and was attended by more than 90 scientists.  The Workshop-training "Urgent issues in protecting against biological threats" was held during  the 2nd Russian Medical Forum and the IVth International conference on Molecular medicine. The IAG business meeting took place on 19 October at the Rectorat building of the Moscow Medical Academy.  The IAG was pleased to give all participants on the 18th an inaugural copy of IAG News, glossary “Biosafety” (M.A. Paltsev, A.L. Gintsburg, N.N. Belushkina) and the other book ”Biosafety” (G.G. Onischenko, M.A. Paltsev, V.V. Zverev, A.A. Ivanov, V.I. Kiselev, S.V. Netesov, S.Eu. Severin, B.F. Semenov, V.P. Sergiev, S.N. Schelkunov).

During the information exchange, representatives from Rospotrebnadzor, UK Health Protection Agency, the Canadian National Microbiology Laboratory, and the State Research Center of Virology & Biotechnology VECTOR, among others, discussed infectious disease identification, surveillance and treatment. 

   

 Raising awareness of national differences - and commonalities - in biosafety and biosecurity was another theme.  Presentations comparing biosafety and biosecurity laboratory practices according to Russian regulations, the WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual and the U.S. manual titled “Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories” (BMBL).  Shipping practices and policies for biological materials in Russia and the UK were examined.  While many similarities emerged, participants welcomed the opportunity to share practices and information.  Emphasizing the contributions national biosafety associations can make was another important theme on the 18th.  The International Biosafety Working Group (IBWG), which acts as an information exchange forum for the national associations, was also discussed.

The workshop was supported by Global Partnership Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the International Science and Technology Center, the MacArthur Foundation and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

The program included 2 parallel sessions.

Simultaneous Session #1 – Scientific Lectures

“Diseases connected with population migration: epidemiology, prophylaxis and treatment”

Moderators:

Terry Duguid, President and CEO, International Centre for Infectious Diseases, Canada

Vitaly Zverev, RAMS Academician and Director, I.I. Mechnikov Institute of Vaccines and Sera

 Topic 1. Perspectives in surveillance of highly dangerous pathogens                                         and infections connected with population migration

                            

Speakers:  

Natalya Pakskina, Head of Department of organization for sanitary zones protection, Rospotrebnadzor “Current issues of ensuring biological safety and security in the Russian Federation”

 Dr. Neil Simonsen, Infectious Disease Advisor, National Microbiology Laboratory, Canadian Science Center for Human and Animal Health, Public Health Agency Canada “Innovations in Surveillance in Canada: The Race for Real Time"

 Victor Zavorkhin, Deputy Head Department, FMBA “Risks of infectious diseases emergence”

Dr. Sergey Netesov, RAS Corresponding member, Vice Rector (Research), Novosibirsk State University/Head of Lab, State Research Center of Virology &Biotechnology VECTOR “Comparative assessment of novel methods of infections’ diagnostics”

 Dr. Richard Vipond, General Project Manager, Novel and Dangerous Pathogens, UK Health Protection Agency “Detection of Biothreat Agents on and off-site – the Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response (CEPR) perspective”

               Topic 2. Diseases connected with population migration: epidemiology, prophylaxis and treatment

Moderators:

Heather Sheeley, Manager of Safety, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response Health Protection Agency

Dr. Igor Krasilnikov, Head of R&D Department, Microgen

Speakers:

Stefan Wagener, Chief Administrative Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada “International Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard Initiative”

 Dr. Vitaly Zverev, RAMS Academician and Director, I.I. Mechnikov Institute of Vaccines and Sera, Alexander Mironov, Deputy Head of Department of preclinical and clinical trials, Microgene “Avian flu vaccine”

 Dr. Vitaly Litvinov, RAMS Academician and Director, Moscow Practical Center of TB Fighting, Moscow Department of Health “Monitoring of tuberculosis: epidemiology, diagnostics, prophylaxis, and treatment”

  Dr. Eugene Morozov, Head of Lab, E.I. Martsinovsky Institute of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, MMA “Malaria – threats, methods of fighting, prophylaxis and treatment”

 Professor Rysbek Nurgaziev, Director of Institute of Animal Health, Kyrgyz Republic “Brucellosis in  Kyrgyz Republic”

 Dr. Sergey Borisevich, Deputy Chief, Scientific Research Institute, Ministry of Defense-Virology Center, Sergiev Posad “West Nile fever: past and present”

 Dr. Kalia Kasymbekova, Head of National Virology Laboratory, Department of the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance, Ministry of Health, Kyrgyz Republic “Biosafety guidelines and infectious disease control”

    Simultaneous Session #2 “Biological Safety and Security Training”

    Biosafety, Biosecurity and Risk Management: Roles and contributions of associations and governments

  Moderators:

Dr. Eugene Stavsky, Head of Biosafety Department, State Research Center of Virology & Biotechnology VECTOR, Rospotrebnadzor

Heather Sheeley, Manager of Safety, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response Health Protection Agency

Heather Sheeley, Manager of Safety, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response Health Protection Agency “The International Biosafety Working Group”

 Dr. Eugene Stavsky, Head of Biosafety Department, State Research Center of Virology & Biotechnology VECTOR, Rospotrebnadzor  “Biosafety of research laboratories and biorisk management”

 John Campbell, Research Safety Manager, Ottawa Health Research Institute, Canada “ABSA Canada:  A National Organisation for Biosafety Professionals”

 Dr. Vyacheslav Zhemchugov, Senior Specialist, State Research Center of Applied Microbiology & Biotehcnology, Rospotrebnadzor, Obolensk /Dr. Yuri Remnev, Deputy Executive Director, TEMPO “Preparation of educational programs in biosafety and biosecurity for African and Asian countries”

 14:00-18:00     Biosafety, Biosecurity and Risk Management

Moderators:

Barry Holmes, UK National Collection of Type Cultures

Petr Deryabin, Deputy Director, D.I. Ivanovsky Institute of Virology

 

Barry Holmes, UK National Collection of Type Cultures  “Culture Collections”

 Dr. Victor Bezsmertny, Chief Physician, Dr. Yuri Khomyakov, Head of Lab, Antiplague Center, Rospotrebnadzor “Issued of shipping of biological agents in Russia” 

Guy Collyer, National Counter Terrorism Security Office “Biorisks - Influencing Factors: How other incidents can directly impact the laboratory”

 Dr. Vasily Kholodenko, Senior Specialist on Biosafety, State Research Center of Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology, Rospotrebnadzor, Obolensk “Nanotechnology: risks”

 


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