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    16 March 2023

    Recent developments in plant genetic engineering technology

    The online course will provide an up-to-date overview of the use of modern targeted genetic engineering technology in plants, focusing on the CRISPR/Cas system. It  provides an overview of the different methods used, the types of genetic and epigenetic modifications that can be achieved, their applications and consequences. The consequences will also be discussed in the GMO regulatory context and with regards to potential  risks and uncertainties.

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    18 April 2023

    Pre conference course A. The holy grail in biosafety: risk assessment


    Even though national and international regulations provide a framework on how to work safely with a certain pathogen or hazard, specific risk assessments are indispensable to identify appropriate safety measures to ensure that the risk associated with working with biological agents is on an acceptable level. This course will set out the principles of a risk assessment process, addressing the definition of key steps, risk evaluation and identification of high-risk laboratory procedures or selection of risk control measures.

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    18 April 2023

    Pre conference course D. The gift of failure – learning from accidents, incidents and near-misses


    Sadly, accidents will always happen. They can be prevented, but only if we take care to understand how and why they happen. Their impact can be reduced, but only if we take time to prepare. Gaining that understanding and having a plan are key safety processes. 

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    18 April 2023

    Pre conference course E. Working with (infected) animals


    CWA Refernce:

    C.2.2.1 Laboratory animal experiments - small animals (rodents)
    C.2.2.2 Laboratory animal experiments - large animals (cattle, swine etc.)

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    18 April 2023

    Pre conference course H. Tips for the successful evidence-based decontamination of contained use laboratories using liquid and gaseous disinfectants


    The application of appropriate decontamination methods is the key element in reducing surface contamination in the laboratory to prevent laboratory-acquired infections and cross contamination in the laboratory.

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    18 April 2023

    Pre conference course G. Operations, Maintenance and Management of Containment Level 2/3 Facilities

    • Essential elements of and metholodolgies to perform risk assessment
    • Assessing the risk of biological materials (microorganisms, cells, tissues)
    • Evaluating the risk of procedures/activities
    • Defining measures to control/minimize the risk (containment, GMT, PPE, training)
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    19 April 2023

    Pre conference course B. An introduction course on biosafety (for a beginner level, WHO the LBM)


    The role of a biosafety professional (BSP) within an institution is a challenging position. In addition, a BSP very often plays the interface between different activities within a facility including animal handling, engineering, maintenance and cleaning.

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    19 April 2023

    Pre conference course C. Risk assessment for GMO (specialized) cloning, viral and non-viral vectors


    There are a variety of investigational human and veterinary medicinal products consisting of or containing GMOs. GMOs for human medicines may include the following: human cells modified ex vivo; vaccines; recombinant virus-based vectors, including those containing genome editing nucleic acid sequences (which may also be delivered non-virally) and bacterial vectors.Medicinal products based onmRNA are on the rise. One need to define which constructs are still GMOs or not, which constructs are less or more hazardous than the wildtype virus, they are derived from, and which might serve as agent to harm others. How are people and the environment protected when they are widely used, also outside controlled laboratory settings. There is guidance and regulation. Which ones to apply is the one hundred Euroquestions.

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    19 April 2023

    Pre conference course F. Introduction to Human Factors in a Laboratory or scientific facility


    Instructors: Adam Stevenson and Wendy Shell

    Aim: To be aware of human factors and how to take account of such in a laboratory or in vivo containment facility.


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