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Jan 26, 2024

Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Environmental Science: Pioneering Health Solutions with IBEC’s New CSO

The Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC) proudly introduces its new Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), Stephane Bilodeau.  Bringing over 25 years of diverse experience…

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Environmental Science: Pioneering Health Solutions with IBEC’s New CSO

By IBEC | Jan 26, 2024

The Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC) proudly introduces its new Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), Stephane Bilodeau.  Bringing over 25 years of diverse experience in science and technology, Stephane embodies the spirit of innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration that defines IBEC. In this exclusive interview, we delve into his professional journey, inspirations, and vision for…

Navigating the Rise of Bacterial Pneumonia: Insights and Precautions

By IBEC | Jan 22, 2024
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Navigating the Rise of Bacterial Pneumonia: Insights and Precautions As winter’s chill sets in, health professionals and organizations brace for the annual uptick in respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported a noticeable increase in pneumonia diagnoses, especially among children—a trend that IBEC is closely monitoring….

New COVID-19 Variant JN.1 Raises in the United States

By Firebrand Creative | Jan 22, 2024
Picture of SARS-COV2 representing the new COVID-19 variant JN.1

JN.1 is a highly contagious, fast-spreading subvariant of omicron that has become the dominant strain in the country. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in recent weeks, JN.1 has accounted for almost two-thirds of all COVID-19 cases in the US. What is the JN.1 variant? A new COVID-19 variant,…

Pioneering Steps to Control Infectious Aerosols: Dr. Claire Bird Offers Expert Insight on ASHRAE’s New Draft Standard

By IBEC | Jun 30, 2023

As we navigate through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and other airborne diseases, there is a dire need to implement measures that will ensure the safety and health of individuals within indoor environments. One organization leading the charge on this front is ASHRAE, an esteemed body renowned for its HVAC&R standards and guidelines….

IBEC Takes the Lead in Developing a Framework for Reducing Indoor Pathogen Transmission

By IBEC | May 5, 2023

Dear IBEC Partners and Supporters, As we continue to navigate the ongoing threat of airborne pathogens transmission in our shared indoor communities, it’s more important than ever to recognize the importance of developing consensus driven frameworks for considering how to address airborne pathogen transmission in the built environment. At IBEC, our goal is to improve…

New Commit To C.A.R.E. Resources Deliver Innovative Indoor Air Quality Solutions for Safer Workplaces

By IBEC | Apr 21, 2023

The Commit to C.A.R.E initiative The Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC) and The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), two leading organizations committed to promoting occupational and environmental health and safety, have collaborated to introduce new indoor air quality resources to enhance workplace safety from infectious diseases. The indoor air quality resources Theresources are…

Staying Ahead of Severe GAS Infections and Other Secondary Bacterial Infections

By IBEC | Feb 21, 2023
Free photo young sick man staying in his bed

Severe Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infections, including invasive disease (iGAS), can lead to life-threatening illness and death.    CDC is looking into an increase in invasive group A strep (iGAS) infections in children in the United States, including necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.   Our front-line healthcare workers also report increases in iGAS…

Industry Leader L’Oréal Pledges to Support Commit to C.A.R.E.

By IBEC | Feb 7, 2023
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Industry Leader L’Oréal Pledges to Support Commit to C.A.R.E.    With health experts warning of the triple threat of the continued spread of new COVID-19 variants, flu and RSV, the need for employers to contain the spread of various infectious diseases among employees, and their communities is as important as ever.    Commit To C.A.R.E….

C.L.E.A.N. Lessons Learned: How to protect the healthcare system from current and future pandemics

By IBEC | Jan 3, 2023
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The COVID-19 pandemic caught the world off guard. Health organizations all over the globe rushed into a quick response to protect people from the threat of the airborne virus. Looking back, what changes would we have made to this response to make it more effective?   With newly surging cases of COVID-19, RSV, and the flu,…

The CEAT: a powerful tool for infectious disease risk assessment

By IBEC | Oct 12, 2022
The CEAT

The CEAT is a powerful tool for infectious disease risk assessment. Keep reading to learn about its development and use. We will never forget March 11th, 2020, the day when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. However, more important for what was to come may have been a day before, on March 10th,…

Text reading “Navigating the Rise of Bacterial Pneumonia: Insights and Precautions” with IBEC’s logo and a picture to the side with a mom holding her sick daughter while she is receiving oxygen through a mask in a hospital bed
Jan 22, 2024
Navigating the Rise of Bacterial Pneumonia: Insights and Precautions

Navigating the Rise of Bacterial Pneumonia: Insights and Precautions As winter’s chill sets in, health professionals and organizations brace for the annual uptick in respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia. This year, the Centers for Disease Control…

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Picture of SARS-COV2 representing the new COVID-19 variant JN.1
Jan 22, 2024
New COVID-19 Variant JN.1 Raises in the United States

JN.1 is a highly contagious, fast-spreading subvariant of omicron that has become the dominant strain in the country. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in recent weeks, JN.1 has…

Read More...
Jun 30, 2023
Pioneering Steps to Control Infectious Aerosols: Dr. Claire Bird Offers Expert Insight on ASHRAE’s New Draft Standard

As we navigate through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and other airborne diseases, there is a dire need to implement measures that will ensure the safety and health of individuals within indoor environments….

Read More...
May 5, 2023
IBEC Takes the Lead in Developing a Framework for Reducing Indoor Pathogen Transmission

Dear IBEC Partners and Supporters, As we continue to navigate the ongoing threat of airborne pathogens transmission in our shared indoor communities, it’s more important than ever to recognize the importance of developing consensus driven…

Read More...
Apr 21, 2023
New Commit To C.A.R.E. Resources Deliver Innovative Indoor Air Quality Solutions for Safer Workplaces

The Commit to C.A.R.E initiative The Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC) and The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), two leading organizations committed to promoting occupational and environmental health and safety, have collaborated to…

Read More...
Free photo young sick man staying in his bed
Feb 21, 2023
Staying Ahead of Severe GAS Infections and Other Secondary Bacterial Infections

Severe Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infections, including invasive disease (iGAS), can lead to life-threatening illness and death.    CDC is looking into an increase in invasive group A strep (iGAS) infections in children in the…

Read More...