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Pre-Conference Workshop on Biorisk Management for Bacillus Anthracis

Society for Biosafety-India (SBS) and American Society for Microbiology (ASM) conducted a full-day pre-conference workshop on Biorisk Management for Bacillus anthracis on 26th October 2015 in Delhi. The workshop was conducted a day earlier to the International conference on The 7th International Conference on Bacillus anthracis, B. cereus & B. thuringiensis. The workshop focused on safe and secure diagnostics and response to outbreaks, as well as approaches to reduce the threat of bioterrorism. More than 100 doctoral-level scientists from human and veterinary clinical and research laboratories from all over the world attended the workshop. Dr Janelle Winters from ASM and Dr Richa Sood from SBS, India moderated the interactive workshop. Demonstration of Donning and doffing of personal protective equipment and requirements of shipping of high risk pathogens were some of the highlights of the event. Various topics like sample collection and transport, rapid and conventional diagnostics, outbreak-site and laboratory-based decontamination and waste management and institutional policies to prevent accidental exposure and the potential for intentional misuse. Case studies from the management of the 2001 anthrax outbreaks in the United States and recent biosafety incidents were discussed.

International Biosafety Awareness Programme including Workshop on “Culture of Responsibility”

An one day International Biosafety Awareness Programme including Workshop on “Culture of Responsibility” was organized by Society for Biosafety, India in collaboration with ICAR and American Society for Microbiology at High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, IVRI, ICAR on 11th January, 2014. The program was specially intended to create an awareness of the concept of biosafety including laboratory worker’s safety, environmental protection and conduct of dual purpose research with responsibility. A total of 92 participants from various organizations such as ICAR, ICMR, DADF, Universities and colleges participated in the training program. Dr. Sandeep Bhatia, Organizing Secretary warmly welcomed the participants. Dr. D. D. Kulkarni, Principal Scientist and in-charge Joint Director, HSADL and President, SBS gave a brief background regarding the genesis and purpose of the workshop. The program included two lectures by Dr. H. V. Murugkar and Dr. Sandeep Bhatia, Principal scientists of HSADL, three video modules covering various aspects of biosafety kindly provided by American Society for Microbiology and visit to engineering division of HSADL. Dr. H. V. Murugkar and Dr. Sandeep Bhatia also moderated the discussions during the video module presentations. The pre and post assessment reports of the participants revealed that the workshop could fulfil its objectives. Dr. D. D. Kulkarni presented the certificates to the participants and the program ended with the vote of thanks address from Dr. Richa Sood, Co-organizing secretary.

 

WHO workshop on 'Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity

A three day workshop on "Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity" from 17th to 19th August, 2011 was organized at High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, IVRI, ICAR. The workshop was sponsored by WHO, India Office, New Delhi. Dr. S. C. Dubey, Joint Director, HSADL welcomed the participants and the experts and gave a background regarding the genesis of this important area of the workshop. Dr. Dubey told that the enormous response and appreciation of the previous workshop held in November, 2009 made it possible to organize another workshop this year and was an attempt towards need of increased awareness about the laboratory biosafety and biosecurity in the present era of increasing threat of newly emerging health problems of human and animals.

            Dr. H.K. Pradhan, WHO consultant, India office briefed the participants about the programme highlights. Foreign biosafety experts Dr. Michael Johnson from IAH, Pirbright Laboratory, UK and Dr. Guus Koch from Lelystaad Lab, The Netherlands shared their knowledge and expertise with the participants. A number of senior professionals from medical institutes such as IVRI, Bangalore, VP Chest Institute, New Delhi, PGI, Chandigarh, JLN institute of PG Medical Education & Research, Puducherry, JALMA, Agra, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata and DRDO, Gwalior and veterinary institutes such as IVRI, Bangalore, GADVASU, Ludhiana, IGKV, Raipur, VTCC, Hisar, CSWRI, Avikanagar, NRC Equines, Hisar, DADF, MoA,, GoI, PDFMD, Mukteshwar and MP state veterinary department participated in the workshop to get exposure of the field of biosafety with lectures from the experts on the areas such as, Risk assessment for the organisms to be handled in the containment laboratory, good microbial techniques in containment laboratories, design and validation of facilities in containment laboratories, operation and maintenance of containment laboratory and programmes, use of biosafety equipment including biosafety cabinets, animal biosafety, laboratory maintenance and cleaning procedures, laboratory waste and handling procedures, packaging and transport of materials from containment laboratories,  emergency procedures in containment laboratory, etc. In addition to the classroom activities, the participants were exposed to the various practical aspects of the maintenance and functioning of the biocontainment laboratories through practical demonstrations and visits inside the biocontainment laboratory. Post workshop evaluation and feedback reports from the participants were sought whose analyses revealed the usefulness of the training programme.

 

Brainstorming session on "Research priorities of HSADL for the next decade"

 

Society for Biosafety with High Security Animal Disease Laboratory of ICAR (Indian Council for Agricultural Research) organized a Brainstorming Session on “Research priorities of HSADL for the next decade” on 1st December, 2010. The Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR, Dr. K. M. L. Pathak was the chief guest on this occasion and, Dr. M. C. Sharma, Director IVRI presided over the function. Various dignitaries and resource persons including eminent scientists, university teachers, planners and officials from national and international organizations interacted on various aspects of exotic and emerging diseases of livestock and poultry to prioritize the research activities of HSADL for the coming decade with special emphasis on diseases of national importance. Dr. S. C. Dubey, Joint Director of HSADL presented the national scenario of exotic and emerging diseases of animals. Dr. Leo Loth, FAO representative gave a presentation on regional scenario of the livestock and poultry diseases in the Indian sub-continent. In his inaugural speech, Dr. Pathak, DDG (AS) ICAR, while lauding the work carried out at HSADL, announced that all the monetary assistance for development of BSL-IV laboratory at HSADL will be provided for carrying out work on high risk pathogen in the laboratory.  Dr. M.C. Sharma, Director, IVRI, congratulated Dr. Dubey and his team of scientists for organizing this meet which was a follow up of the suggestions provided during the Institute Research committee meeting held at IVRI, Bareilly in July, 2010. Guest of Honour Dr. Gaya Prasad, ADG (AH), ICAR stressed the need for developing preparedness against a most of exotic and emerging pathogens of the country and emphasized the role of HSADL in taking up these challenges.