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CBD S&T Conference 2017

  • Dates:
    Nov 28
    Nov 30, 2017
  • Location: Long Beach, CA, U.S.
  • Address: Long Beach Convention Center

Battelle is pleased to participate in the 2017 CBD S&T Conference, the forum for the latest and most dynamic developments in basic and applied scientific research within the chemical and biological defense arena. We’ll be collaborating with more than 1,500 scientists, program managers and leaders from across the globe who are committed to making the world safer by confronting chemical and biological defense challenges.

graphic showing Battelle's capabilities in chem-bio

Join us at booth #309/311 to learn how Battelle trains and equips both our troops and first responders to deal with the most demanding threats to national security with products, services and capabilities that include:

And don’t miss our posters and presentations.

Poster: Use of the MinION Sequencer in Field-Forward Diagnostics
Nov. 28 -- 6 to 8 p.m., Exhibit Hall B, Poster #904
Presenter: Alisa Blazek
Overview: New sequencing technologies are making it easier and faster to generate high quality data for basic and applied research studies. One of those technologies, the MinION nanopore sequencer from Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT), can be field-ruggedized by non-medical personnel to directly detect pathogens and /or respective antibiotic resistance (AMR) markers (or any other genetic marker of interest) present from environmental and clinical field samples. The MinION instrument sequences long reads of DNA up to ~40 kb providing more genomic contextual information than short read sequencers that are limited to <600 bp. Battelle's approach is to further develop a fieldable whole genome sequencing (WGS) methodology with real-time data analysis using the MinION to detect pathogens and associated AMR markers from environmental and clinical samples for the warfighter to respond to biological threats in the field or to provide near real-time preliminary diagnostic data to downstream medical personnel for faster treatment of infected troops.
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Poster: Effect of CB Garment Design on Protection, Thermal Performance and Military Utility
Dec. 29 -- 4 to 6 p.m., Exhibit Hall B, Poster #1035
Presenter: Stephanie Tew
Overview: Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) is working to improve protective capability of CB garments while reducing thermal burden for the warfighter and providing military utility. Material technologies are making significant gains in improving thermal burden reduction and protective performance but gains are not always being realized at the system level due to insufficient garment design. The importance of CB garment design has been highlighted in recent efforts conducted by NSRDEC to include Integrated Protective Fabric Systems (IPFS) CBLITE garments, IPFS garment hood improvements, and, most recently Tactical All Hazards Ensemble.  Material usage and placement, interfaces with other protective items, and design features impact both the protection and thermal performance of a garment system.
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Poster: Epigenetic Profiling Coupled with Machine Learning Prediction to Enable Proactive Responses to Disability & Disease Resulting From Stress Exposure

Nov. 29 -- 6 to 8 p.m., Exhibit Hall B, Poster #903
Presenter: Alisa Blazek
Overview: Development of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and musculoskeletal diseases are potential consequences of battle-sustained injuries or physical and mental stress. Multifactorial issues underlie development of these
disorders, making mechanistic understanding and prediction difficult. Development of the diseases/disabilities is slow to develop over time, and signs and symptoms are not clearly visible, preventing early diagnosis and treatment. Personalized treatments based on specific symptoms are not available, and in many cases, treatment before the first sign of the disorder could slow progression or prevent development of the disorder. Tools to predict development of disorders resulting from battlefield-related mental or physical trauma are needed to achieve early diagnosis and treatment, and ultimately result in effective patient outcomes. Battelle's recent work in developing advanced analytics tools to identify, model, and validate early disease prediction biomarkers (e.g., osteoarthritis (OA)) incorporates machine learning (ML) tools to extract relevant features from image data, such as x-rays and MRIs, and ML models to analyze electronic health records (EHR), patient history records, and clinical data, such as blood biomarkers, age and gender. This multi-tiered approach serves as a new paradigm for the diagnosis of disease.
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Presentation: Designing CB Garment Hoods to Improve Interface with M50 JSGPM Mask
Dec. 30 -- 10 to 10:30 a.m., Room 101
Stephanie Tew, Battelle; Dan Barker, ECBC; Natalie Pomerantz, NSRDEC; and Nicholas Dugan, NSRDEC
Overview: A joint effort was conducted by Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) and Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) to improve the interface between the garment hood and the Joint Service General Purpose Mask (JSGPM).  Design of the garment hood plays a critical role in improving the interface.  Material selection, including the using of stretch protective materials, and design strategies and features facilitated the improvements. Findings concluded that aerosol protection can be increased in this critical interface using improved garment designs and a second skin molded feature, highlighting the importance of collaboration between garment and mask developers.  
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