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Objective

The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is dedicated to assisting India and Bangladesh in further strengthening institutional governance of biotechnology. Managed by the ILSI Research Foundation, SABP provides technical assistance to the biosafety risk assessment and research communities in India and Bangladesh, and further supports governments’ efforts to implement functional and scientifically sound regulatory processes for agricultural biotechnology.

Collaborators & Partners

USAID, USDA, IFPRI, Biotech Consortium India Limited, University of Dhaka, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (India), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Bangladesh), Department of Environment (Bangladesh) and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council

Current Work

SABP works with its in-country partners to:

  • Identify and respond to technical training needs for GE food, feed, and environmental safety assessment.
  • Develop a network of trained, authoritative local experts to communicate about the science of agricultural biotechnology and its biosafety to interested stakeholders.
  • Facilitate systems for permitting the safe conduct of experimental field trials of new crops developed using biotechnology so that scientists and farmers can evaluate them.

Training for Institutional Biosafety Officers in India

Presently, over 30 Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes have active research programs developing and evaluating genetically engineered (GE) plants to address basic research questions about plant biology on through to efforts to improve productivity under the stressors of climate change. Because ICAR is committed to compliance with biosafety regulations concerned with GE organisms, it has partnered with SABP to initiate a pilot program in ten ICAR institutions actively working to develop new GE plants. Two individuals were selected from each of the ICAR institutions to become Institutional Biosafety Officers (IBOs), who are now working together to develop resources necessary for a functioning institutional biosafety program, including standard operating procedures, staff training materials, and processes for facility biosafety audits.

Building a Network of Biosafety Practitioners in Bangladesh

Currently, many public research institutions, individually or in collaboration with foreign research partners, have been developing GE crops in Bangladesh. One of the successful examples of collaborative research is Bt brinjal, which got approved by the government of Bangladesh on October 30, 2013 for “limited cultivation” in the field. Since 2014, this trait has been cultivated commercially for human consumption, making Bangladesh a pioneer in the arena of GE food crop commercialization. Many other crops are now ready to be assessed or already in the pipeline for performance evaluation. To support such activities, the government of Bangladesh has developed several documents, such as the Standard Operation Protocols (SOPs) for Confined Field Trial, the Data Recording Formats for CFT, and the Manual for Confined Field Trial, etc., and Institutional Biosafety Officers need to perform their activities in accordance with these documents. Therefore, it is crucial to understand these guiding documents and create space to learn from and support each other through collective learning, collaboration, and networking. Against the backdrop of continued developments in both research and regulation for biosafety in Bangladesh, the South Asia Biosafety Program is arranging training activities in Dhaka to establish a network of practitioners who can exchange experiences and knowledge about best practices for ensuring biosafety during the research and development of GE plants. This program is modeled after similar efforts between SABP and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research.

Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program (BRBGP)

The Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program (BRBGP) is managed by the ILSI Research Foundation as part of the USAID-funded South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP). The Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program recognizes the need for biosafety research as part of a broader effort to support science-based decision-making and policy development, and will fund research that considers the potential impacts of agricultural biotechnology, particularly genetically engineered crops, on the environment and biodiversity in Bangladesh.

Resources

Pre-proposal submissions received by the deadline of February 28, 2019 are currently being reviewed. 

Newsletters

Find out about the work being done through the South Asia Biosafety Program by reading our monthly newsletter.

ICAR Biosafety Portal

Meet the IBOs and review resources made available through the IBO Pilot Program.

Bangladesh Biosafety Portal

Explore this resource, which is designed to strengthen compliance with the regulatory framework and effectively facilitate research and development of agricultural biotechnology activities in Bangladesh.

Events

4th International Conference of Biotechnology on Health and Agriculture

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The ILSI Research Foundation’s South Asia Biosafety Program is sponsoring a technical session on Biosafety and the Environment at the 4th International Conference of Biotechnology on Health and Agriculture, which is being organized jointly by the Global Network of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists and Innovation in Plant and Food Sciences.

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7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC2019)

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited organized the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC 2019), the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia.

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SAARC Regional Expert Consultation Meeting on the Progress and Prospects of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The ILSI Research Foundation’s South Asia Biosafety Program and the SAARC Agriculture Center (SAC) co-organized the SAARC Regional Expert Consultation Meeting on the Progress and Prospects of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia to share information on the current status of agricultural biotechnology and biosafety regulations in the region.

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									Overview			
					
				Overview
							

The ILSI Research Foundation's South Asia Biosafety (SABP) Program sponsored the technical session on Biosafety and the Environment at the 4th International Conference of Biotechnology on Health and Agriculture (4th IPFS-ICBHA 2019). Jointly organized by the Global Network of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists (GNOBB) and Innovation in Plant and Food Sciences, the 4th IPFS-ICBHA 2019 took place at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, Dhaka University, on November 11-13, 2019. Convened every two years, the conference provides a platform for Bangladeshi biotechnologists from around the world to meet and exchange thoughts, ideas, and experimental findings, as well as build capacity and create awareness about the latest trends in biotechnology. The three-day event included 22 sessions and concurrent workshops.

During the technical session on Biosafety and the Environment, Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation Deputy Executive Director, delivered a presentation about the context of biosafety for biotechnology researchers, and Dr. Aparna Islam, SABP Country Manager, discussed the regulatory system in Bangladesh.

More information about the conference is available on the GNOBB website.

Abstract Presentation: Biosafety for the Biotechnologist – Navigation Biosafety Requirements as a Researcher
Dr. Andrew F. Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation

It has been nearly 50 years since the first use of recombinant DNA technology to modify the genome of a bacterium. Since then, the use of recombinant DNA organisms, together with a suite of other biotechnologies, has changed the face of biological and medical research. However, as biotechnology has moved from the laboratory into practical application, an array of political, social and regulatory issues have emerged which can confound research and development of recombinant DNA organisms. This presentation will review the history and context for biosafety regulation of recombinant DNA organisms and provide some insight into how a modern biotechnology researcher can effectively navigate biosafety regulatory requirements in pursuit of their research and the development of recombinant DNA organisms for use in food or the environment.

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7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference - Conference Book

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Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited organized the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference on September 14-16, 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This annual conference is the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia and provides an essential forum to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally.

 

Presentations

Media Coverage

Below is a selection of media coverage related to the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference:

"Bangladesh committed to ensuring bio-safety: Razzaque." Daily Bangladesh Post, September 14, 2019. https://www.bangladeshpost.net/posts/bangladesh-committed-to-ensuring-bio-safety-razzaque-11949 (accessed September 18, 2019)

"Dhaka committed to ensure bio-safety: Minister." Green Watch, September 14, 2019. https://greenwatchbd.com/dhaka-committed-to-ensure-bio-safety-minister/ (accessed September 18, 2019).

"The Government is Working to Control 'Army Worm': Minister of Agriculture" (translated). Barta24, September 14, 2019.  http://bit.ly/2lVcgGQ (accessed September 18, 2019).

"7th Annual Conference on South-Asia Bio-safety." The Daily Sun, September 14, 2019. https://daily-sun.com/post/423488/2019/09/15/7th-annual-conference-on-SouthAsia-Biosafety (accessed September 18, 2019)

"7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Begins at Dhaka." Agrinews24, Setpember 14, 2019. http://www.agrinews24.com/7th-annual-south-asia-biosafety-conference-begins-at-dhaka/ (accessed September 14, 2019).

"7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Begins in Dhaka." Agricare24, September 14, 2019. https://agricare24.com/7th-annual-south-asia/ (English) http://bit.ly/2kHHlxx (Bangla) (accessed September 18, 2019).

"Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque speaking at the inaugural function of '7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference' at a city hotel on Saturday." The News Today, September 15, 2019. http://www.newstoday.com.bd/?option=details&news_id=2542282&date=2019-09-15 (accessed September 18, 2019).

"'BD committed to ensure bio-safety.'" The New Nation, September 17, 2019. http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/229263/bd-committed-to-ensure-bio-safety (accessed September 18, 2019).

"B'desh committed to ensuring bio-safety, says Razzaque." The Financial Express, September 15, 2019. https://today.thefinancialexpress.com.bd/metro-news/bdesh-committed-to-ensuring-bio-safety-says-razzaque-1568476727 (accessed September 18, 2019)

"‘Committed to ensuring biosafety,’ Says agriculture minister." The Daily Star, September 15, 2019. https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/were-committed-ensure-biosafety-1800073 (accessed September 18, 2019).

Social Media

Revisit the Conversation!

Conference attendees mentioned @ILSIRF and tweeted using #SABC2019 throughout the event. Below is a selection of the social media activity.

SABC 2019 - Curated tweets by ILSIRF

Photos

Poster Program

Presenting a poster at the South Asia Biosafety Conference was a noteworthy way to share expertise or accomplishment, and poster presenters had a dedicated time to present and discuss their work with the diverse group of attendees. All posters conveyed relevance to biosafety research, environmental or food safety assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GM plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms.

Poster Competition

All posters accepted into the Poster Program were eligible for the Poster Competition. In cases where a registrant had two or more posters accepted for the Poster Program, s/he was asked to identify which one should be included in the poster competition, i.e., only one poster per registrant was eligible for the Poster Competition. The posters were judged on September 14-15, and the winners were announced on September 16, during the conference's Closing Session.

Prize Winners

  • Dr. Mohammad Mostofa placed first in the Poster Competition with the presentation Strigolactones Positively Regulate Defense Mechanisms to Enhance Resistance Against Sheath Blight of Rice (Oryza sativa), receiving a cash award of USD $300 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.
  • Dr. Dipali Gupta placed second in the Poster Competition with the presentation Biocontrol of Wheat Blast Disease by Plant Probiotic Bacilli, receiving a cash award of USD $200 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

Evaluation and Judging

The criteria for evaluating the posters during SABC 2019 were as follows:

Abstract (10%) - Clarity and correlation with poster.

Scientific Content (70%) - Introduction and background with literature cited, objectives, materials and methods, results and discussion, and significance to the field. The quality of the research presented was judged on its scientific rigor and significance as conveyed by the poster. Each poster needed to have been self-explanatory. Judges had the opportunity to discuss posters with the presenters, but this was not considered in the evaluation of the display.

Poster Display (20%) - Posters were judged on organization, effective use of space, legibility, grammar and spelling, and effective use of graphics.

Each poster display was judged independently by three judges on September 14-15, 2019 based on the abstract, scientific content, and poster display. Judges were encouraged to provide constructive comments for each poster. However, comments may have been very brief or absent because of the limited time available. Winners were announced on September 16.

Layout and Design

The maximum dimensions for the poster was 48 inches/122 cm (height) x 36 inches/91 cm (width). Poster boards were a plywood surface that permitted the use of removable double-sided tape, tacks, or board pins.

The following suggestions were made by conference organizers with the aim of ensuring the readability and quality of posters:

  • Check for proper spelling and grammar.
  • Use a standard typeface font.
  • Ensure text is clear and concise.
  • Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away.
  • Use bullets, numbering, and headlines to make it easy to read.
  • Include tables, figures, graphs, and color to enforce key points.
  • Standard abbreviations may be used without definition, but nonstandard abbreviations/acronyms should be placed in parentheses after the first use of the terminology. It is important to keep nonstandard abbreviations/acronyms to a minimum, to allow for readability and understanding.
  • Have a consistent and clean layout.
  • Include any appropriate acknowledgments, your name, and institutional affiliation.

Assigned Spaces

Each accepted poster was assigned a numbered space for where they should be posted in the conference hall. Posters were added to their assigned space on Saturday, September 14, 2019 prior to the beginning of the Poster Program. Posters remained in their assigned space until Monday, September 16, 2019, after the closing session, to ensure that attendees and judges had adequate time to view the posters.

Lightning Round

The Lightning Round was a unique opportunity for students and early career researchers to share their research in an oral presentation format that is exciting, challenging, and entertaining. All presentations had to convey relevance to biosafety research, environmental or food safety assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GM plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms. Each participant was given 5 minutes and 5 slides to clearly present their work, challenging them to think carefully about how best to use the allotted time and visual aids. The presentations were scored by the session's Chair and Co-Chair, and prizes were awarded to the top two participants.

Prize Winners

  • Mr. Abdullah Al Noman placed first in the Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers with the presentation Morphological and Molecular Diversity Among the Pyricularia oryzae Cavara Isolates Causing Wheat Blast in Bangladesh, receiving a cash award of USD $300.
  • Mr. Mohammad Umer Sharif Shohan placed second in the Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers with the presentation Are Root Characteristics/Architectural Traits of Rice Plants a Better Indicator of Salt Tolerance, receiving a cash award of USD $200 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

Sponsors

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Congratulations to 1st Place Lightning Round Winner, Mr. Abdullah Al Noman!

Congratulations to Mr. Abdullah Al Noman for placing first in the Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers with the presentation Morphological and Molecular Diversity Among the Pyricularia oryzae Cavara Isolates Causing Wheat Blast in Bangladesh. Mr. Al Noman received a cash award of USD $300 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

Congratulations to 1st Place Poster Session Winner, Dr. Mohammad Mostofa!

Congratulations to Dr. Mohammad Mostofa for placing first in the Poster Competition with the presentation Strigolactones Positively Regulate Defense Mechanisms to Enhance Resistance Against Sheath Blight of Rice (Oryza sativa). Dr. Mostofa received a cash award of USD $300 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

Congratulations to 2nd Place Lightning Round Winner, Mr. Mohammad Umer Sharif Shohan!

Congratulations to Mr. Mohammad Umer Sharif Shohan for placing second in the Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers with the presentation Are Root Characteristics/Architectural Traits of Rice Plants a Better Indicator of Salt Tolerance? Mr. Shohan received a cash award of USD $200 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

Congratulations to 2nd Place Poster Session Winner, Dr. Dipali Gupta!

Congratulations to Dr. Dipali Gupta for placing second in the Poster Competition with the presentation Biocontrol of Wheat Blast Disease by Plant Probiotic Bacilli. Dr. Gupta received a cash award of USD $200 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

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On June 18-20, 2019 in Gazipur, Bangladesh, the ILSI Research Foundation's South Asia Biosafety Program and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Agriculture Center co-organized the SAARC Regional Expert Consultation Meeting on the Progress and Prospects of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia, with the aim of sharing information on the current status of agricultural biotechnology and biosafety regulations in the region and identifying areas where SAARC countries can adopt harmonized policies that will provide benefits to farmers and consumers through access to agricultural biotechnology. Meeting participants included biotechnology and agricultural experts from SAARC countries, including Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

Agenda

Day 1 - June 18, 2019

Inaugural Session

Welcome Address
Dr Pradyumna Raj Pandey, Senior Program Specialist (Crops), SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) Keynote Lecture: Global Status and Need of Harmonization Biotechnology and Biosafety Framework
Dr. Andrew F Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation and Lead, South Asia Biosafety Program Address by Special Guest
Dr. M. Shahidur Rahman Bhuiyan, Senior Food Security and Agricultural Policy Advisor, USAID Address by Chief Guest
Mr. Kamalaranjan Das, Additional Secretary (Research Wing), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Vote of Thanks
Dr. Aparna Islam, Country Manager, South Asia Biosafety Program Technical Session I:  Status of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Regulatory System in SAARC Countries
Chair: Dr. Andrew F Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation and Lead, South Asia Biosafety Program Bangladesh: Country Paper Presentation
Dr. Mst. Dilafroza Khanam, CSO and Head, Biotechnology Division, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute Bhutan: Country Paper Presentation
Mr. Jambay Dorji, Sr. Planning Officer/Focal for Biosafety (GMO), Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Government of Bhutan India: Country Paper Presentation
Dr. Debasis Pattanayak, Principal Scientist, ICAR-National Institute for Plant Biotechnology and Professor, Division of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute Nepal: Country Paper Presentation
Mr. Balakrishna Joshi, Scientist, Nepal Agricultural Research Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development Pakistan: Country Paper Presentation
Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali, Chief Scientist/Director General, National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology, National Agriculture Research Center, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council Sri Lanka: Country Paper Presentation
D.M. Jayantha Bandara Senanayake, Principal Scientist (Biotechnology)/Director (Acting), Rice Research & Development Institute, Department of Agriculture, Government of Sri Lanka

Open Discussion

Day 2 - June 19, 2019

Technical Session II: Possibilities of Harmonization in Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Regulatory System in SAARC Countries
Chair: Dr. Pradyumna Raj Pandey, Senior Program Specialist (Crops), SAARC Agriculture Centre Bangladesh’s Positions on the Issues of Harmonization in Biosafety
Mr. Md. Solaiman Haider, Director (Planning), Department of Environment Bureau of Indian Standards: Update on the Status of Regional Food Safety Standard
Dr. Anil Kapri, Scientist-C, Food & Agriculture Department, Bureau of Indian Standards Regional Perspective and Possible Areas of Harmonization in Agriculture and Biosafety Regulations
Dr. Aparna Islam, Country Manager, South Asia Biosafety Program Technical Session 3: Case Study - Fall Armyworm
Chair: Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Chief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Limited and Senior Advisor, South Asia Biosafety Program Background on Fall Armyworm
Dr. Timothy J. Krupnik, Senior Scientist and Systems Agronomist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) Regional Harmonization for Pest Control Strategy
Dr. Joseph Huesing, Technical Expert, Independent Consultant

Open Discussion 

Technical Session 4: Mechanism for Regional Harmonization
Chair: Dr. Syed Humayun Kabir, Ex-Director General, South Asian Regional Standards Organisation (SARSO), SAARC Secretariat SARSO as an Instrument for Regional Harmonization
Mr. Ramesh Khadka, Deputy Director, South Asian Regional Standards Organisation Possible Harmonization Between India and Bangladesh: A Case Study
Chair: Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Chief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Limited and Senior Advisor, South Asia Biosafety Program

Open Discussion

Concluding Session

Recommendation on Harmonization in Agriculture and Biosafety Regulations
Dr. Andrew F Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation and Lead, South Asia Biosafety Program Address by Special Guest
Dr. Syed Humayun Kabir, Ex-Director General, South Asian Regional Standards Organisation (SARSO), SAARC Secretariat Address by Chief Guest
Director General, Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economical Cooperation Vote of Thanks
Dr. Pradyumna Raj Pandey, Senior Program Specialist (Crops), SAARC Agriculture Centre

Day 3  -June 20, 2019

Field Visit: Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI)

Briefing on BARI

Tour of Biotechnology Lab

Tour of IPM and Toxicology Lab

Tour of FMPE Lab

Tour of Post-Harvest Lab

Photos

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South Asia Biosafety Program

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Roberts

Dr. Andrew Roberts

Deputy Executive Director
ILSI Research Foundation
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Dr. Aparna Islam

Country Manager
South Asia Biosafety Program

The ILSI Research Foundation’s South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), in collaboration with Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), organized a capacity building biosafety seminar in Bangladesh for regional scientists and academics. Spanning half a day, the event included presentations on biosafety regulations, SABP's activities in Bangladesh, and the Bangladesh Biosafety Portal. Scientists and academics from the region, including researchers from the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Bangladesh Forest Research Institute, CVASU, the University of Chittagong, the University of Science and Technology Chittagong, and the University of Creative Technology Chittagong, numbered among the audience.

After a short opening ceremony, Dr. Andrew Roberts delivered a talk on the evolution in agriculture, from conventional to biotech research for crop improvement, and the corresponding introduction of biosafety regulations. The history of biosafety in Bangladesh and the current status of the Bangladesh biosafety regulatory system was also discussed. Dr. Aparna Islam followed up his presentation with an introduction to the South Asia Biosafety Program and an overview of its activities in Bangladesh. Before the floor was opened up for a lively and frank discussion, Dr. Roberts introduced the Bangladesh Biosafety Portal, an important resource for biosafety in Bangladesh.

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South Asia Biosafety Program

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Roberts

Dr. Andrew Roberts

Deputy Executive Director
ILSI Research Foundation
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Dr. Aparna Islam

Country Manager
South Asia Biosafety Program
In the last two decades, Bangladesh has made considerable strideswith genetic transformation research to develop genetically engineered (GE) crops. Research has progressed both at public and private research
institutes, as well as at universities. Many of the research outcomes are now ready or will soon be ready for biosafety assessment.

To strengthen local capacity to produce and disseminate information supporting biosafety assessment, the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) launched the Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program (BRBGP) at the beginning of this year. The BRBGP is a competitive grants program managed by the ILSI Research Foundation through SABP and supported by the United States Agency for International Development. The main objectives of this program is to promote the development of biosafety research capacity and establish baseline information related to current agricultural practice in Bangladesh.

The BRBGP uses a preproposal evaluation process to provide feedback to potential applicants. After evaluation,
qualifying applicants were invited to submit full proposals. On April 29, 2019, a consultation meeting was arranged at the SABP office in Dhaka with the short-listed applicants to discuss the format of the full proposal. During the consultation meeting, Dr. Andrew Roberts explained the format in detail, as well as the review process that will be used to evaluate the proposals. This was followed by an open discussion session with the qualifying applicants. [post_title] => Consultation Meeting for the Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => brbgp-workshop [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-23 19:06:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-23 19:06:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ilsirf.org/?post_type=event&p=10904 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 5 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11507 [post_author] => 65 [post_date] => 2019-11-12 16:04:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-11-12 16:04:54 [post_content] => Overview Overview

The ILSI Research Foundation's South Asia Biosafety (SABP) Program sponsored the technical session on Biosafety and the Environment at the 4th International Conference of Biotechnology on Health and Agriculture (4th IPFS-ICBHA 2019). Jointly organized by the Global Network of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists (GNOBB) and Innovation in Plant and Food Sciences, the 4th IPFS-ICBHA 2019 took place at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, Dhaka University, on November 11-13, 2019. Convened every two years, the conference provides a platform for Bangladeshi biotechnologists from around the world to meet and exchange thoughts, ideas, and experimental findings, as well as build capacity and create awareness about the latest trends in biotechnology. The three-day event included 22 sessions and concurrent workshops.

During the technical session on Biosafety and the Environment, Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation Deputy Executive Director, delivered a presentation about the context of biosafety for biotechnology researchers, and Dr. Aparna Islam, SABP Country Manager, discussed the regulatory system in Bangladesh.

More information about the conference is available on the GNOBB website.

Abstract Presentation: Biosafety for the Biotechnologist – Navigation Biosafety Requirements as a Researcher
Dr. Andrew F. Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation

It has been nearly 50 years since the first use of recombinant DNA technology to modify the genome of a bacterium. Since then, the use of recombinant DNA organisms, together with a suite of other biotechnologies, has changed the face of biological and medical research. However, as biotechnology has moved from the laboratory into practical application, an array of political, social and regulatory issues have emerged which can confound research and development of recombinant DNA organisms. This presentation will review the history and context for biosafety regulation of recombinant DNA organisms and provide some insight into how a modern biotechnology researcher can effectively navigate biosafety regulatory requirements in pursuit of their research and the development of recombinant DNA organisms for use in food or the environment.

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