RECEIVING FOREIGN DELEGATIONS

2009

On June 11, 2009, Michael Gordon Valentine, Chief Curator of ISTC Projects, visited RIHTOP. The purpose of the visit was to revise the performance of works on ISTC Project No. 3316. In the course of the visit, progress of works was discussed, workplaces were visited, and also matching between the list and identification numbers of equipment delivered in the framework of the Project was carried out.

On August 13, 2009, Leo Owsiacki, Deputy Executive Director, ISTC, visited RIHTOP. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the progress of works on ISTC Projects No. 3320 and No. 3645.

On 12 – 13 October 2009, Sergey P. Katnov, Vice President of Association of enterprises and organizations engaged in circulation of civil and combat arms on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan “KORAMSAK”, and Marat A. Abildabekov, Head of Department at Kazakhstan Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics, visited RIHTOP. The purpose of the visit was to be acquainted with theoretical basis, regulatory system, and conditions and techniques used for medical and biological testing of gas self-defense weapon.

2008

On 24 - 28 March 2008, Kenneth Lee, Section Head of Chemistry Research Section, Emergencies Science Technology Division (Environment Canada), Sarah-Jane Harrison, Researcher, Science Applications International Corporation Canada, and Geneviève Thouin, Intermediate engineer, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC Canada), visited RIHTOP. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the performance of works on ISTC Joint Project # 3316 “Surface Decontamination after Chemical Terrorism: Safety Standards Development” being carried out in the framework of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI).

On 2 April 2008, William Brooks Wheeler, Coordinator of ISTC BioIndustry Initiative program, visited RIHTOP. The purpose of the visit was to consider the capabilities of securing ISTC financing for performance of a number of works on RIHTOP vivarium reconstruction.

On 14 - 16 April 2008, Michael Gordon Valentine, Chief Curator of ISTC Projects, visited RIHTOP. The purpose of the visit was to revise the performance of works on both ISTC Project # 3316 “Surface Decontamination after Chemical Terrorism: Safety Standards Development” and # 3320 “Development of Analytical Methodology for Quantitative Determination of Organophosphorus Chemical Agents in Air”.

On 14 - 15 May 2008, Eun Joo Yi, Curator of ISTC Partner Projects, and Dennis Dean Utterback, Research strategy analyst of EPA’s Office of Research and Development, visited RIHTOP. The purpose of the visit was to revise the performance of works on both ISTC Project # 3476 “Unified method of state space modeling of biological systems” and # 3642 “Studying of soman, sarin, and sulfur mustard stability in drinking water in the presences of oxidants and without them”

On 19-22 August 2008, Paul David White, head of one of the US EPA’s offices and Leonid Kopylev, EPA’s researcher and ecologist, visited RIHTOP. The purpose of the visit was to review the performance of works on ISTC Project # 3476 “Unified method of state space modeling of biological systems” as well as to consider plans for its further implementation.


2007

The delegates of Euro-Union and International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) who represented both sponsors and experts on detecting and decontaminating chemical agents attended the meeting that was held at the Institute, on 26 February 2007. The aim of the visit was to check the progress of works on the ISTC projects:

- No 2733 "Development of Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGL) for Hazardous Chemicals";

- No 3316 "Surface Decontamination After Chemical Terrorist Acts. Safety Standards";

- No 3320 "Development of Analytical Procedure on Quantification of Organophosphorus Agents in Air";

The delegates from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) representing a sponsor organization and those working in ISTC Secretariat visited the Institute, from 23 to 24 April 2007. The aim of the visit was to monitor the progress of works on ISTC project No 3476 "Unified method for biological systems state space modeling."

The delegates from Canada, representing a sponsor organization and the fellows from ISTC Secretariat visited the Institute on 24 September 2007. The aim of the visit was to check financial records relating to ISTC project No 3316 "Surface Decontamination After Chemical Terrorist Acts: Safety Standards", as well as to inspect working places, interview the executors and take stock of the equipment delivered by ISTC.

2006

On 30 June 2006, official delegates from State Department, USA, and ISTC Secretariat officers visited the RIHTOP. The visit was aimed at checking the progress of works on ISTC project No. 3320 " The development of analytical methodology for quantification of organophosphorus agents in atmosphere."

During the visit and subsequent talk, the discussion was concerned with the organizational questions dealing with the equipment under acquisition. The issues of making up a set, a correct selection of additional materials, and their relevance to the tasks of the project were dealt with. The proposal for a selection of the company that would supply necessary equipment was supported.

Dr. William Andrews, associated professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department at the Royal Military College, Canada, was the next person who visited the RIHTOP on 15 September 2006. He arrived with the aim to discuss the final request-version concerned with the international project on "Experimental validation of maximal allowable contamination of soil following chemical terrorist actions" that was prepared for advancing it on a competitive basis to ISTC. The second objective of the visit was a preliminary discussion and planning of works to set the stage for a new proposal in order to apply it (on a competitive basis, as well) for the participation in the international project on soil decontamination within the Program (CBRN Research and Technology Initiative) of the Canadian Foreign Ministry.

The delegation that was represented by some officers of Raytheon Technical Service Company, RTSC, USA, visited the RIHTOP within the framework of DHHS/BioTechnology Engagement Program (BTEP), Department of Health and Human Services, USA, on 18 September 2006. The aim of the visitors was both to expose the RIHTOP to a new Program of BioTechnology and to familiarize themselves with reasonable opportunities for a future cooperation in the given direction.


2005

In October 2005, RIHTOP was visited by the group of experts from American Fund of Civil Investigations and Designs. The objective of the visit was to provide conformity on the main elements to be considered in formulating policy for the organization and technical implementation of issues concerning RIHTOP vivarium modernization. They can be summarized as follows: setting up competitions on project and, respectively, construction works; rules for screening orders for implementation of the named works; technical patterns of vivarium; international requirements for buildings of such a type. Moreover, the meeting with representatives of construction enterprises as potential participants of the competition was arranged by request of American experts.

2002-2004

Six foreign delegations visited the RIHTOP over 2002-2004:

January 2003 - A group of officials from the Department of Ecology, Science and Technology at the USA Embassy in Moscow came to discuss the outlooks of joint projects in the field of medical provisions in relation to chemical weapons stockpile demilitarization and countering the treat from terrorist use of chemical material;

July 2003 - A joint delegation of officials from the US Department of State, American Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and Civilian Research and Development Fund (CRDF) came in order to assess the RIHTOP's potential for participation in the Russian-American program on pre-clinical product development testing for medicinal drugs;

July 2003 - A joint delegation presenting the officers from the US Department of State, USEPA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center came to participate in the international symposium arranged by the RIHTOP in Volgograd. The aim was to get idea about basic directions of researches carried out at the RIHTOP; to discuss suggestions on joint work; and how to get support from international organizations and funds;

August 2003 - A delegation of experts from USEPA came with the aim to inquire into opportunities of the RIHTOP to participate in tender for free supply and mounting the unit to dispose persistent organic contaminants (POC) in its boiler shop;

November 2003 - Arrival of an expert group in connection with the engagement of the RIHTOP in the Russian-American program on pre-clinical product development testing for medicinal drugs within the frame of Agreement No US WS06-03SB72. The aim: to perform final assessment of the RIHTOP's preparedness to activities within RABIIT program;

September 2004- Arrival of an expert group in connection with the engagement of the RIHTOP in the Russian-American program on pre-clinical product development testing for medicinal drugs (RABIIT) according to Agreement No US WS06-03SB72. The aim: meeting on the issues of GLP application in the RIHTOP research practice and the ways for updating capacities of vivarium and other laboratory entities.

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