2018 Course Program – Presented on-line and interactive

To the Course Learning Objectives/Outcomes


NOTICE: The 2018 BBTC-Global Program will apply for the ABSA International (American Biological Safety Association) Certification Maintenance Points (CM Pts) for biosafety professionals.

General Biosafety and Biosecurity Modules: June – July 2018 – General Session Instructors


Week 1 – Monday, June 4

Module 1 General
1st hour:
Philosophy of BBTC; Ethics and Culture of Biosafety
Bob Ellis, BBTC-Global Chairman, and Colorado State University Director of Biosafety, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

2nd hour: The Importance of Safe Research Practices
Jim Welch, Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation

Week 1 – Friday, June 8

Module 2 General
2 hours:
Risk Communication, Risk Assessment, and Risk Management
Sean Kaufman, Sean Kaufman, Behavior–Based Improvement Solutions, Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Week 2 – Monday, June 11

Module 3 General
1st hour: (conclude)
Risk Communication, Risk Assessment, and Risk Management
Sean Kaufman, Sean Kaufman, Behavior–Based Improvement Solutions, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

2nd hour: Design and Management of Insectaries
Nicholas Bergren, Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory (AIDL), Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Week 2 – Friday, June 15

Module 4 General
2 hours:
BSL–2 and BSL–3 Building Design and Operations
Jerry Tews, Commissioning Biocontainment Specialist, Madison, Wisconsin, USA


Week 3 – Monday, June 18

Module 5 General
2 hours:
The U. S. Select Agent Program; and Stewardship of Infectious Agents
Bob Ellis, BBTC-Global Chairman; Professor, MIP Department; and Colorado State University Director of Biosafety, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Week 3 – Friday, June 22

Module 6 General
2 hours:
Preparing for and Responding to Audits and Inspections
Joe Kozlovac, Agency Biosafety Officer, USDA–ARS, Beltsville, Maryland, USA


Week 4 – Monday, June 25

Module 7 General
2 hours:
rDNA/Synthetic NA (recombinant DNA) Guidelines; and Dual Use Research of Concern: Guidelines and Oversight
Bob Ellis, BBTC-Global Chairman; Professor, MIP Department; and Colorado State University Director of Biosafety, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Week 4 – Friday, June 29

Module 8 General
2 hours:
Clinical and Public Health Lab Biosafety
Jennifer Bovaird, Microbiology Supervisor, University of Colorado Health – Northern Region, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA


Week 5 – Monday, July 2

Module 9 General
2 hours:
Going Mobile – Audits, Inspections and Data Collection
Patty Olinger, Assistant Vice-President, Office of Research Administration; and Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety Office, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Week 5 – Friday, July 6

Module 10 General
2 hours:
High Efficiency Particle Air Filters (HEPA) and Biosafety Cabinet Certification
Sara Cope, Assistant Biosafety Officer, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

General Session Modules – 20 hours total



Animal Biosafety and Biosecurity Modules: July 2018 – Animal Session Instructors


Week 6 – Monday, July 9

Module 1 Animal
2 hours:
Lab Animal Biosafety Level–2 (ABSL–2) and ABSL–3 Containment and Management
Lon Kendall, Director, Laboratory Animal Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Week 6 – Friday, July 13

Module 2 Animal
1st hour: (conclude)
Lab Animal Biosafety Level–2 (ABSL–2) and ABSL–3 Containment and Management
Lon Kendall, Director, Laboratory Animal Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

2nd hour: Large Animal Facilities and Containment, Animal Biosafety Level–2 (ABSL–2) and ABSL–3
Erin Smith, Biosafety Specialist at Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI), Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA


Week 7 – Monday, July 16

Module 3 Animal
2 hours: (conclude)
Large Animal Facilities and Containment, Animal Biosafety Level–2 (ABSL–2) and ABSL–3
Erin Smith, Biosafety Specialist at Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI), Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Week 7 – Friday, July 20

Module 4 Animal
2 hours:
ABSL–3 Research with Multiple Agents and Multiple Animal Species
Bob Ellis, BBTC-Global Chairman; Professor, MIP Department; and Colorado State University Director of Biosafety, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA


Week 8 – Monday, July 23

Module 5 Animal
2 hours:
Veterinary Hospital and Clinic Biosecurity (infection control) and Agricultural Premises Biosecurity
Paul Morley, Professor and Veterinary Teaching Hospital Biosecurity Officer, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Week 8 – Friday, July 27

Module 6 Animal
2 hours:
Biosafety in Prion Disease Research
Candace Mathiason, Associate Professor, MIP Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA


Week 9 – Monday, July 30

Module 7 Animal
2 hours:
ABSL-2 Research in the Field
Bob Ellis, BBTC-Global Chairman; Professor, MIP Department; and Colorado State University Director of Biosafety, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Animal Session Modules – 14 hours total



Plant Biosafety and Biosecurity Modules: August 2018 – Plant Session Instructors


Week 9 – Friday, August 3

Module 1 Plant
2 hours:
Crop Security and Disease; Overview of the U.S.A. National Plant Diagnostic Network
Thaddeus Gourd, PhD, Colorado State University Extension Director and Agriculture Agent for Adams County, Colorado, Brighton, Colorado, USA


Week 10 – Monday, August 6

Module 2 Plant
2 hours:
Regulations and Permit Procedures for Plants, Plant Pests and Pathogens, Including Transgenics and Soils
Steven Ziegenfuss , Biological Safety Specialist, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

Week 10 – Friday, August 10

Module 3 Plant
2 hours:
Containment Greenhouse Design, Construction, and Management, including a virtual Containment Greenhouse Tour
Dann Adair, Controlled Environments, Inc., North Branch, Minnesota, USA


Week 11 – Monday, August 13

Module 4 Plant
2 hours: (continue)
Containment Greenhouse Design, Construction, and Management, including a virtual Containment Greenhouse Tour
Dann Adair, Controlled Environments, Inc., North Branch, Minnesota, USA

Week 11 – Friday, August 17

Module 5 Plant
2 hours: (conclude)
Containment Greenhouse Design, Construction, and Management, including a virtual Containment Greenhouse Tour
Dann Adair, Controlled Environments, Inc., North Branch, Minnesota, USA


Week 12 – Monday, August 20

Module 6 Plant
2 hours:
Transgenic Plants in the Laboratory, the Greenhouse and in the Field
Mauricio Antunes, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Week 12 – Friday, August 24

Module 7 Plant
2 hours:
Agricultural Biosecurity: Why it’s important. Steps to compliance
Jillian M. Lang, Research Associate, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA