This session will start by reminding the participants that lab practices are intended to keep the worker safe, buildings are designed to keep the community safe, and that there are often many ways of achieving those objectives. The session will then describe the recent expansion in the number of high-containment biology labs including the types of labs, the standards and designs used, factors driving and restraining the expansion, and safety and security concerns.

Chair: Katsuhisa Furukawa (Rebuild Japan Initiative, Japan)

•   Russian and United States biosafety experiences during the last two decades:
Lessons and achievements Peter Palese (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, United States) and Sergey Netesov (Novosibirsk State University, Russia)

•   Containment labs - Who wants them, who funds them, and why Jennifer Gaudioso (Sandia National Laboratories, United States)

•   Discussion

10:30    Break

Plenary: Framing the Issue, Part 2:

The current status and opportunities for the future

This session will describe how well currently operating labs are meeting their objectives and what challenges they are encountering. Additionally, speakers will summarize current discussions in the area and ask if we are at the beginning of the next paradigm where countries are looking at new ways of achieving and maintaining the necessary containment.

Chair: Anwar Nasim (Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation [COMSTECH], Pakistan)

•   Laboratory capacity, biosafety, and biosecurity in Africa: Gaps, goals, needs, and progress Willy Tonui (Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya)

•   Current thinking and trends ahead Teck-Mean Chua (Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association, Singapore [Malaysia])

•   Discussion

12:15    Lunch

Plenary: Assessments of Needs, Challenges, and Resources

This session will provide an overview of local assessments including: what they are, what purpose they serve, who should be involved in a local assessment, and what information might be included.

Chair: Seval Korkmaz (Abdi Ibrahim, Turkey)

•   Challenges and suggestions for sustainable biosafety and biosecurity capacity in low resource countries Craig Reed (Inspirion Biosciences, United States)

•   Biosafety and biosecurity challenges in the Caribbean region Valerie Wilson (Caribbean Med Labs Foundation, Trinidad & Tobago)

•   Discussion


Breakout Sessions

(Rapporteurs will prepare brief summaries for later presentation) Paths from assessments to functional labs

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