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3rd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

South Asia Biosafety Conference
Dhaka, Bangladesh
September 19, 2015 – September 20, 2015
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
BRAC Centre Inn

Overview: The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), the ILSI Research Foundation, the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) organized the 3rd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference in Dhaka from 19-20 September 2015. The conference was supported by National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council and Department of Environment, Government of Bangladesh. The objective of the conference was to provide an unparalleled opportunity for scientists, regulators and policy makers in South Asia to meet and discuss issues relevant to the risk assessment and regulation of genetically engineered (GE) organisms with a regional focus. The conference additionally provided an opportunity to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally.

Program: The conference featured sessions on:

  •   Perspectives on the Regulation of Biotechnology in South Asia
  •   Nutritionally Enhanced Crops and their Safety Assessments
  •   Biotechnology and Climate Change: A Response to Pests, Diseases and Abiotic Stress
  •   Biotechnology Research in South Asia
  •   What Happens After Release: Stewardship and Monitoring
  •   Considerations for International and Regional Harmonization

#SABC2015 was the preferred hashtag for the 3rd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference.

OutcomesSee the conference agenda, speaker biographies, and abstracts for each presentation in the Conference Document

Presentations: To view presentations from this conference, click on the PDFs below or visit the conference website.

Plenary Session I: Regulation of Biotechnology in South Asia

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bangladesh (presentation)
Mr. M. Solaiman Haider, Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Update on Biosafety Regulation in India (presentation)
Dr. Manoranjan Hota,  MoEF&CC, India

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Pakistan (presentation)
Ms. Sameerah Yunis, Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency, Pakistan

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Sri Lanka (presentation)
Mrs. R.H.M.P. Abeykoon, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Sri Lanka

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bhutan (presentation)
Ms. Tashi Yangzom,Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Bhutan

Parallel Session I: Nutritionally Enhanced Crops and Their Safety Assessments

What are Nutritionally Enhanced Crops, and Why Does the World Need Them? (presentation)
Dr. Parminder Vik, Harvest Plus, India

Considerations for the Food Safety Assessment of Nutritionally Enhanced Crops (presentation)
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Nutritionally Enhanced Rice
Dr. Karabi Datta, University of Calcutta, India

Biofortified Sorghum (presentation)
Dr. Raymond Layton, DuPont Pioneer, United States

Parallel Session II: Biotechnology Research and Development in South Asia

Potato Biotechnology Research being carried out under ABSP-II
Mr. Md. Abu Kawochar, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangladesh

Development of Biotechnology in Pakistan (presentation)
Dr. Shaukat Ali, National Agricultural Research Centre, Pakistan

Traits for Climate Change Adaptation (presentation)
Dr. Bharat Char, Mahyco Research Foundation, India

Poster Session
Conference participants were encouraged to share their work with colleagues by preparing a poster for this session. Posters were judged based on abstract, scientific content and display.  First prize consists of a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $100 cash prize, and an award certificate. The first place winner was Md. Nazrul Islam, Sudip Biswas, Samsad Razzaque, G.M. Nurnabi Azad Jewel, Narendra Tuteja, and Zeba I. Seraj for the poster on “Constitutive Overexpression Of Rice G-Protein Beta Subunit In A Farmer Popular Rice Variety Brri Dhan-55 Confers Heat And Salinity Stress Tolerance”.

Second prize consists of a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $50 cash prize, and an award certificate.  The second place winner was U.S. Mahzabin Amin, Sudip Biswas, Sabrina M Elias, Samsad Razzaque, Taslima Haque, Richard Malo and Zeba I. Seraj for the poster on “Enhanced Salt Tolerance Conferred By The Complete 2.3 Kb Cdna Of The Rice Vacuolar Na+/H+ Antiporter Gene Compared To 1.9 Kb Coding Region With 5’ Utr In Transgenic Lines”.

Parallel Session III: Preparing a Regulatory Dossier

Introduction to Preparing a Regulatory Dossier: Principles (presentation)
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Interpreting Regulatory Requirements: Knowing When Data is Not Necessary (presentation)
Dr. Joseph Huesing, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States

Regulatory Testing Versus Research Experiment: Why the Data for Your Dossier is Different Than Your Thesis Research (presentation)
Dr. Flerida Cariño, University of the Philippines, Philippines

Challenges for Developing a Regulatory Dossier from Public Sector Developers in Developing Countries (presentation)
Dr. Vibha Gupta, Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGMCP), University of Delhi, and Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Biotech Consortium India Limited, India

Parallel Session IV: What Happens After Release: Stewardship and Monitoring

Stewardship for Off-Patent Technologies (presentation)
Mr. Christopher Holdgreve, Excellence through Stewardship, United States

Post Release Monitoring of Bt Brinjal
Dr. G.P. Das, Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ASBP2), Bangladesh

Design of Monitoring Studies for GE Crops  (presentation)
Dr. Raymond Layton, DuPont Pioneer, United States

Post Release Experience with Bt Cotton in Pakistan (presentation)
Dr. Khalid Abdullah, Government of Pakistan, Pakistan

Post Release Experience with Bt Cotton in India (presentation)
Dr. Vijay Kumar, Navsari Agricultural University, India

Plenary Session II: Considerations for International and Regional Harmonization

What is Harmonization, and Why Does it Matter? (presentation)
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA), United States

Fostering Harmonization through Development and Capacity Building (presentation)
Dr. Alex Owusu-Biney, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya

Harmonization through Information Exchange: OECD’s Work and Technical Documents for Safety Assessment (presentation)
Dr. Bertrand Dagallier, Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD), France

Harmonization through Recognition of Decisions: Vietnamese Experience (presentation)
Dr. Pham Van Toan, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Vietnam

Harmonization through the South Asia Cooperative Environment Program (presentation)
Mr. Muhammad Khurshid, South Asia Cooperative Environment Program, Sri Lanka

Facilitating Harmonization: The Work of the SAARC Agriculture Centre (presentation)
Dr. Muhammad Musa,  SAARC Agriculture Centre, Bangladesh