One day hands-on “Biosafety Cabinet Workshop”

  • March 12 – 27, 2020
  • 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Blackfinn Ameripub, 1620 I Street NW, Washington, DC, U.S.
  • 212 497 5686

Event Description

One day hands-on “Biosafety Cabinet Workshop” was organized by PBSA in collaboration with Dr. A. Q. Khan Institute of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, University of Karachi; XBIOS, Belgium; and Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health Science, US, on 23rd May 2017. 39 participants from various universities and research institutes of Sindh and Baluchistan province attended. The inaugural talks included Dr. Aamer Ikram, President PBSA; Dr. Zeba Rasmussen, Senior Research fellow, FIC, NIH, US; and Prof. Dr. Abid Azhar, Director General KIBGE, Karachi. The facilitator Dr. Philippe Stroot, biosafety consultant XBOIS, Belgium covered different topics including BSCs – principles, main types and functioning and choosing, installing and maintaining a BSC. Mr. Furqan Kabir and Dr. Javed Muhammad covered practical aspects like safe use of a BSC, setting up a BSC, and Scenario-based – safe use of a BSC.


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Being elected as the President of Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) is a true honour for me. I believe that promoting awareness, knowledge and understanding of biosafety at the regional and national level is responsibility of each member and trainer of the PBSA. This organization is commended in many of the national and international forums for its preventive training for Risk Assessment and management, that was much needed at the time of COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, it has promoted strong collaborations and affiliations with various Biosafety developmental programs that align with international standards to acknowledge and recognize biosafety as a separate scientific discipline within Pakistan. I strongly agree that “no one is safe until everyone is safe”, and would like to work with the PBSA team to implement this approach as far and wide as possible.

Prof. Dr. Saeed Khan
Prof. Dr. Saeed Khan, President PBSA/ Professor Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi