AZBA Fall Member Meeting

Friday, November 3, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Arizona Department of Health Services
250 North 17th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

1. Introductions and Welcome Address

2. AZBA Business Update

3. Update from the NIH Guidelines: Honoring the Past, Charting the Future Workshop, Bethesda, Maryland, by Cathie Mancini - Arizona Biosafey Alliance Secretary and Arizona State University Environmental Health and Safety Biosafety Specialist Senior

4. Keynote Address 1: Synthetic Biology, Gene Editing, and Gene Drive Technologies by David Gillum, M.S., R.B.P. - by David Gillum, M.S., R.B.P. - Arizona State University Environmental Health and Safety Associate Director, Institutional Biosafety Officer and CDC Alternate Responsible Official; Associate Editor of Applied Biosafety — The Journal of ABSA International; ABSA International Councilor; Founding member and past officer of AZBA

5. Lunch (with vegetarian options)

6. Keynote Address 2: A Walk on the Wild Side: Zoonotic Diseases and the Wildlife Biologist by Anne Justice-Allen, DVM - Arizona Game and Fish Department Veterinarian and Wildlife Health Program Supervisor

7. Open Discussion / Brainstorming / Networking

Meeting Registration Fee:
AZBA Members – FREE
Non-Members - $25.00 Includes one year membership – register in advance or at the meeting with PayPal or mail check to address listed at: Checks also accepted at the meeting.

Certification Maintenance/Continuing Education: Attendees receive 0.5 CM points for attending the meeting.

Additional Information: Cathie Mancini, AZBA Secretary: or


Arizona Biosecurity Workshop

Thursday and Friday, December 7 and 8, 2017
ASU Memorial Union, Tempe, Arizona
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arizona State University (ASU), in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Arizona Biosafety Alliance (AZBA), an affiliate of the Association for Biosafety and Biosecurity International (ABSA), are hosting the second annual Arizona Biosecurity Workshop. This workshop will involve participants with a range of expertise, including biosafety professionals, researchers, first responders, regulators, law enforcement personnel, administrators, representatives from Native American Tribal Nations, and other interested parties. Special Agents from the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the FBI Phoenix Weapons of Mass Destruction unit will assist in leading the workshop. In addition, we have recruited subject matter experts in the biosecurity field to discuss relevant topics to assist in developing best practices.

The workshop will focus on engaging with biosecurity concerns in an applied and practical manner, as there is a gap in the knowledge between the “experts” discussing technical, policy implications and the “professionals” in the trenches trying to manage biosecurity risks. Topics to be addressed include: Do-It-Yourself (DIY) biology, dual use research vs. dual use research of concern (DURC), oversight of safety and security at iGEM, existing governance mechanisms for emerging technologies, and community involvement in conversations about novel technologies.

We are able to offer the workshop at no cost thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, but attendees must register to attend. Space is limited to the first 150 registrants. Continuing maintenance (CM) points are offered for this workshop (2 CM points for attending both days).

Please register to attend the workshop in this link:

Please see detailed agenda here: (Presentations and speakers subject to change.)

We are also seeking sponsors to help cover costs for the event. (This is not a fundraiser.) If your organization would like to help, please contact: