In honor of October being National Biosafety Month in the United States, the Elizabeth R. Griffin Program (ERGP) hosted Georgetown University’s monthly Global Health Security Seminar to focus on issues of international biosafety and biosecurity. ERGP at Georgetown works to enhance and sustain leadership in the expanding field of global health science and security. Through collaborative research, training, and education, they promote evidence-based biosafety and biosecurity practices to protect the health and safety of researchers as well as the workers on the front lines of disease detection around the world.
Sacha Wallace-Sankarsingh, biorisk manager at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), was the featured speaker for the October seminar. Dr. Lisa Indar, director of CARPHA's Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control Division, delivered the opening remarks.
This event was part of the Global Health Security Seminar Series, co-sponsored by Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security and the Global Health Initiative.
Lisa Indar is the director of the Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control Division at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), where she is responsible for directing, coordinating, and managing public health surveillance and response activities related to conditions of regional and international importance. Indar has 18 years of regional and international experience in in managing and executing regional public health surveillance and response programs.
Sacha Wallace-Sankarsingh is the biorisk manager at CARPHA. A national of Guyana, Wallace-Sankarsingh has over 14 years of experience working with medical and public health laboratories at national and regional levels in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). She has led multiple capacity-building initiatives in over 20 countries in the Caribbean and with the security sector as part of the regional COVID-19 response.