ASA 08-3, Issue No. 126, June 20, 2008

Ed. Note: This executive summary on the very important 15th meeting in the CBMTS series is provided as a draft to the final CBMTS report. The information is provided as it was presented at the close of CBMTS VII. Presentation formats were at the discretion of each Sector Chair or Chair's representative.

CBMTS VII, The Seventh Plenary in the Chemical and Biological Medical Treatment Symposium series

13 April - 18 April 2008, Spiez, Switzerland

An Executive Summary
           The 15th meeting in the Chemical and Biological Medical Treatment Symposia (CBMTS) series, and the seventh international plenary to be held at the birthplace of the series, the SPIEZ LABORATORY, was another very successful gathering of the CBMTS professionals. Outstanding presentations from the podium and poster, an international mix of the very best professionals in science and medicine, produced a symposium with dynamic and far reaching results, a trademark of the CBMTS series. CBMTS VII participants included representatives from 29 countries as well as representatives from the United Nations, NATO and the International Red Cross.

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Indonesia, the US and the NAMRU-2

by Reginald Bartholomew

          With the blessing of the Indonesian Ministry of Health (MOH) a Detachment of the the US Navy Medical Research Unit Two, NAMRU-2, was established in Indonesia in 1970 to investigate diseases of importance to the Republic of Indonesia and the US Navy and to advance US diplomacy in the region. In 1990 the parent unit of the NAMRU 2 Detachment permanently transferred to Jakarta from Manila. The NAMRU-2 is hosted by the Indonesian MOHÕs National Institute of Health Research and Development.

          Unfortunately, the presence of NAMRU 2 in Indonesia has long been a controversial and somewhat of a political issue. High government officials as well as the press and intelligentsia within Indonesia have stated on numerous occasions that there is a distinct distrust and dislike for this US Navy unit.

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Covering Sources of Toxic Vapors with Foam

Dr. Walter P. Aue and Fausto Guidetti
CH-3700 Spiez, Switzerland

           In a case of chemical terrorism, first responders might well be confronted with an obvious source of toxic vapor which keeps spreading out its hazardous contents. With foam as an efficient and simple means, such a source could be covered up in seconds and its effects mitigated drastically. Once covered, the source could then wait for a longer time to be removed carefully and professionally by a decontamination team.

            In order to find foams useful for covering up toxic vapor sources, a comprehensive set of measurements has been made in order to answer the three main questions:

  • Which foams could be used for this purpose?
  • How thick should the foam cover be?
  • For how long would such a foam cover be effective?

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an inside look at ASA 08-3

The Professional Library
10th International Meeting on ChE - Croatia
CBMTS-Industry VI Dubrovnik - April 2009


CBMTS VII - at a glance - pictures


ICBPS II - Beijing 7-11 December 2008
The US CW Stockpile Destruction Programs
CBMTS VI - pictures continued
News Notes of Interest to ASA Community
Battelle's Robert Casillas and the NAS
Industry Notes:
Recent Contracts

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