October 2019
The ILSI Research Foundation brings scientists together to improve environmental sustainability and human health. In our monthly newsletter, learn how we are advancing, disseminating, and translating science into action.
Symposium on Risk Assessment of Plants Developed
Using New Breeding Technologies

Dr. Morven McLean, ILSI Research Foundation Executive Director, will be delivering a presentation on Environmental Risk Assessment of Gene Edited Plants at the  Symposium on Risk Assessment and Regulation of Genome Edited Plants , which will take place on October 8-9, 2019 in Manila, the Philippines. The symposium is being convened by the Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture, Government of the Philippines to provide an opportunity for Filipino scientists, risk assessors, and regulators to learn about the science of gene editing, as well as how risk assessment and regulation of products of new plant breeding techniques are being considered in key countries, such as Australia, Germany, Japan, and the United States.
Presentations and Photos from the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Organized by the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC) took place on September 14-16, 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. With seven plenary sessions and three workshops, as well as opportunities for students and early career researchers to present their work, this year's SABC provided an essential forum to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector. Visit our website today to view the conference book, available slide sets, and a selection of photos.
Spotlighting the ILSI Research Foundation's
eLearning Courses on Biosafety
Application of Problem Formulation to the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Crops

This course introduces key concepts of problem formulation for the environmental risk assessment of genetically engineered crops. Designed to be completed in a few hours, the material is organized into three lessons covering what problem formulation is, the steps in problem formulation, and how problem formulation may be applied to environmental risk assessment.
Understanding Low Level Presence in Agricultural Biotechnology

Organized into six lessons with quizzes to provide immediate feedback, this course explains what low level presence (LLP) of genetically engineered crops is, how it can occur, and the various ways that regulators might respond to instances of LLP. Through examples, students will learn how to use problem formulation in the assessment of environmental risks that could result from LLP.
Confined Field Trials of Genetically Engineered Plants

This course provides a comprehensive discussion of risk management methods for confined field trials (CFTs) of genetically engineered plants and how those methods may be incorporated into a regulatory framework. With nine lessons and quizzes, the course covers the entire CFT process, from initial planning and preparation, through to post-harvest monitoring of the trial site.