Be part of the studio audience for the American Society for Microbiology 2013 General Meeting's live internet talk show, ASM Live. Host Stanley Maloy, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Dean of the College of Sciences, San Diego State University, will discuss the latest science at the meeting with a variety of guest researchers and will take questions from the audience and the internet.
Tapings will take place in Room 102 in the Colorado Convention Center and meeting registrants are encouraged to attend. You can watch ASM Live below and topics will be archived immediately on YouTube and MicrobeWorld for future viewing.
(To ask a question please post it in the chat or tweet it using the hash tag #asmlive. ASM Live is now mobile friendly.)
Please note: The following schedule is preliminary and subject to change. Participants and more detail for each conference will be posted soon. All participants are invited, not confirmed. All times are listed as Mountain Daylight Time. All events take place in Room 102 at Colrado Convention Center in Denver.
11:00 a.m. MDT - ASM Live – Antibiotic Compound from Wasp Venom
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are part of the innate immune system that is widely distributed in nature, acting as a defense mechanism against invading microorganisms. AMPs have potent antimicrobial activity against a range of microorganisms including fungi, bacteria and viruses. In view of growing multidrug resistance, AMPs are increasingly being viewed as potential therapeutic agents with a novel mechanism of action. Mastoparan, a natural, highly positively charged AMP derived from the venom of wasps, is a highly effective antibacterial agent and is therefore a potential alternative to currently antibiotics. Participants will discuss the potential of this new compound as well as the increasing understanding of the role antibiotics play in nature.
12:00 p.m. MDT - ASM Live – Good Cholesterol: Part of Innate Immunity?
Trypanosome Lytic Factor (TLF) has emerged as a novel arm of innate immunity that is only present in humans and select non-human primates. TLF was originally discovered in human blood as a minor form of High-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as a good cholesterol, that rapidly kills the African trypanosome, Trypanosoma brucei, thereby making humans resistant to infection. Participants will discuss this finding as well as how understanding these mechanism will provide insights as to other pathogens that TLF should kill, as well as offer potential avenues to therapeutically augment or mimic TLF action.
1:00 p.m. MDT – ASM Live – The Role of the Gut Microbiome in Colon Cancer
Could the bacterial populations in your intestines predict the onset of colon cancer? Participants will discuss new research in mouse models that suggests a major shift in microbial population dynamic prior to the onset of tumors as well as the general promise microbiome research holds for the diagnosis and potential management of other diseases.
3:00 p.m. MDT - This Week in Virology
Participate in a live streaming video episode of This Week in Virology (TWiV), a podcast about viruses. Started in September 2008 by Vincent Racaniello, a Higgins Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University, the goal of the show is to have an accessible discussion about viruses that anyone can understand and enjoy. In Denver, Racaniello, co-host Kathy Spindler, and guests will be highlighting and commenting on some of the most exciting virology at the conference. Audience participation is encouraged so please feel free to ask any questions or offer your comments up to discussion.
10:00 a.m. MDT – ASM Live – New Methods for Norovirus Detection/Prevention
Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Each year, it causes about 21 million illnesses and contributes to about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths. Norovirus is also the most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in the United States. Researchers have developed a method to detect human norovirus in produce and other environmental samples with low virus concentrations, contributing to our understanding of routes of produce contamination on farms. Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus will discuss this development as well as the importance of biotechnology to food safety and public health.
11:00 a.m. MDT - ASM Live – The Merlot Microbiome
Plants associated bacteria play a key role in host productivity and health. These bacteria are phylogenetically diverse and form interactions considered neutral, beneficial or detrimental. A better understanding of these interactions will have a direct impact in agriculture by promoting sustainable practices. Researchers are currently hard at work studying the bacteria associated with one agriculturally important plant: Grapevines that produce the varietal Merlot. Participants will discuss their current findings.
12:00 p.m. MDT - ASM Live – The Effects of Fracking on the Microbial Ecology of Groundwater
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. What effect does this process have on the microorganisms that naturally exist in the water in this process?
3:00 p.m. MDT - This Week in Microbiology
Participate in a live streaming video episode of This Week in Microbiology (TWiM), a podcast about unseen life on Earth. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Vincent Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background. In Denver, Racaniello, co-host Moselio Schaechter, Michael Schmidt, and guests will be highlighting and commenting on some of the most exciting microbiology at the conference. Audience participation is encouraged so please feel free to ask any questions or offer your comments up to discussion.
9:00 a.m. MDT - ASM Live - Update on H7N9: Should We Be Concerned?
The emergence of human infections with avian influenza viruses (H7N9 and H5N1) have raised concerns about the virus gaining the ability to spread person-to-person, potentially causing a deadly pandemic. So far the number of human cases has been limited but the mortality rates have been high. In response to this public health threat the ASM’s Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB) has convened a special-latebreaking session to discuss the molecular biology of these viruses and the likelihood of human to human transmission of these viruses. In advance of this session, speakers will participate in an ASM Live session to discuss their presentations and take questions from the viewing audience.
10:00 a.m. MDT – ASM Live – The Microbiome of the Sky: Role for Microbes in Cloud Formation?
Whether the microorganisms routinely inhabit the upper troposphere – perhaps living on carbon compounds also found there – or whether they were simply lofted there from the Earth’s surface isn’t yet known. Airborne microbes are of interest to atmospheric scientists, because they could play a role in forming ice that may impact weather and climate, and long-distance transport of the bacteria could also be of interest for disease transmission models. Participants will discuss their research characterizing the bacteria present at different altitudes in the troposphere and genetic mechanisms by which microbial cells could reach and remain at high altitudes in the atmosphere and initiate the formation of water droplets or ice crystals, which is important for cloud formation.
David Bhella, Ph.D., will be accepting the Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education, awarded annually by the Society for General Microbiology for an outstanding contribution to microbiology education. Bhella's acceptance speech will be live streamed at 17:20 GMT (1:20 PM EST | 10:20 AM PST).
Join Vincent Racaniello and co-host Laura Piddock, Ph.D., with guests Paul Williams, Ph.D., Kalin Vetsigian, Ph.D., and David Harper, Ph.D., for a live-streaming episode of This Week in Microbiology. The live stream starts at 15:30 PM GMT (11:30 AM EST | 8:30 AM PST) and you can watch it below. If you have any questions for Vincent or his guests during the broadcast you can tweet your question using the #sgmman hash tag or type it into the chat function of the video player.
If you live elsewhere in the world, please use www.everytimezone.com, to calculate when the live streams will start in your area.
The Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) is the annual infectious diseases meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Watch Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe magazine interview researchers on selected topics of interest from the meeting in San Francisco. This webpage will broadcast the daily webcasts being held September 9-11, 2012, at the Moscone Center (North and South) in Room 303. For more information about ICAAC please visit www.icaac.org. If you are a member of the press visit the ICAAC newsroom to register for the meeting.
In addition, Vincent Racaniello of This Week in Microbiology will be broadcasting special edition of ICAAC Live on Monday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., PDT.
Meeting attendees are welcome to attend and watch the live broadcasts as well as submit questions to the researchers.
All interviews will be archived online at YouTube and here on MicrobeWorld.
(Please note topics, guests and times are subject to change. This page may be updated frequently prior to ICAAC.)
Current influenza vaccines are limited because they can only stimulate immunity to specific strains of the virus, which is constantly evolving. This means a new vaccine must be developed every year to target the strains public health officials believe will be most prevalent that season. If an unforeseen strain emerges the vaccine would provide little or no protection. For that reason the “holy grail” of public health is the development of a universal influenza vaccine, one that can provide protection against any potential strain of the virus. Researchers will discuss current efforts underway and the most recent developments on the road to a universal flu vaccine.
There is a long history of anecdotal evidence to suggest that cranberries and other alternative therapies to long-term antibiotics can prevent recurrent urinary tract infections but are they really as effective as antibiotics or even a viable alternative for people who do not want to take antibiotics for prevention. Researchers will present the results of two interlinked trials involving nearly 500 women in the Non-antibiotic versus Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (NAPRUTI) Study.
The hosts for the podcast This Week in Microbiology, Vincent Racaniello and Michael Schmidt, will be joined by William Bishai, John Brownstein, and Victor Nizet to discuss the regulation of virulence factors in the pathogenesis of tuberculosis, the emerging role of social media in public health, and outside-the-box approaches to antibacterial therapy, such as targeting virulence factors or boosting innate immune function, with Streptococci and Staphylococci as the primary models.
Be part of the studio audience for the 2012 General Meeting's live internet talk show, ASM Live. Host Stanley Maloy, Chair of the Communications Committee for the American Society for Microbiology will discuss hot topics at the meeting with presenters and will take questions from audience and the internet.
Tapings will take place in room 121 in the Moscone Center and registrants are encouraged to attend. You can watch ASM Live below and topics will be archived immediately on YouTube and MicrobeWorld for future viewing.
Please note: The following schedule is preliminary and subject to change. Participants and more detail for each conference will be posted soon. All participants are invited, not confirmed. All times are listed as Pacific Daylight Time. All events take place in room 121 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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Traditionally, colonization of a host has been described in terms of a microbial community that does not affect the host, but recent research (such as the Human Microbiome Project) suggests that colonizing microbes are having an effect not only on the host, but on each other. Participants will discuss how small molecule interactions between the major constituents of the nasal microbiome are key drivers of the community composition in the nose, and how one intestinal bacterium’s ability to produce a neurotransmitter has the potential to prevent or treat inflammatory bowel diseases.
A survey of surfaces in hotel rooms finds television remotes to be among the most heavily contaminated with bacteria and items on housekeeping carts carry the potential to cross-contaminate rooms. Participants will discuss the results of this survey, the first step in to objectively assess sanitation by applying NASA’s Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points system to the hygiene of hotel rooms.
The human microbiome consists of thousands of viral and microbial species which inhabit the human body and have co-evolved with us to protect against pathogens, regulate organ function and supply nutrients and other factors essential for health. When these members fall out of balance, it can lead to disease. Participants will discuss the various roles that the microbiome and its specific members play in the initiation and persistence of diseases.
On the issue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and animals, the first thing that comes to mind is livestock and other farm-based animals that are regularly fed antibiotics as growth promoters, but they are not the only source of resistance. Participants will discuss studies showing that non-farm animals including pets, zoo animals and even houseflies serve as vectors for antibiotic resistance.
The health of humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably interconnected. Disruption of the environment often creates new niches for the evolution of infectious diseases, and provides opportunities for the transmission of pathogens to animals or humans. The majority of infectious diseases that affect humans are acquired from animals. The ease and speed of travel makes it possible for a new human disease acquired from the environment or animals in one part of the world to rapidly spread to the rest of the world. Animals also often acquire infectious diseases from humans. Thus, human health depends upon health of animals and the environment. However, the fields of human and veterinary medicine and environmental sciences often fail to recognize this linkage. Participants will discuss the impact of this One Health concept on the future of human and veterinary medicine and environmental policy.
The NIH Human Microbiome Project has been a 5-year endeavor to produce community resources to support the field of human microbiome research. Although the HMP has already produced hundreds of peer-reviewed publications, in the past week 2 major HMP Consortium papers as well as 20+ companion papers were published in prestigious journals highlighting a broad analysis of the microbiomes of over 200 healthy adult men and women, the largest such study to date. Participants will highlight and discuss some of the findings from this landmark study.
A number of variables can cause signficant changes in the human microbiome early in life including birth method and antibiotic exposure. Understanding these shifts is important because new research suggests that shifts in the microbiome of infants could make them more prone to gain weight as adults. Participants will discuss variables involved in the development of the infant microbiome and how it affects adult metabolism and body composition in mouse models.
For every human cell in your body, there are hundreds or thousands of bacterial cells. So who is hosting whom? Even though our on-board microbial hordes—known also as our microbiome—sometimes threaten and deprive us of our health and our lives, they are central to our survival and our daily well being.
Join a live-streaming discussion brought to you by the DC Science Writers Association and the USA Science and Engineering Festival on Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., ET, from Busboys and Poets on 5th and K Sts., NW, Washington, D.C., that might convince you to love your microbial partners in life, albeit with a healthy respect for the ways they can become dangerous. Leading the discussion will be microbiologist Liliana Losada of the J. Craig Venter Institute, an independent research laboratory in Rockville, Md., that has been greatly expanding our fundamental knowledge of the microbes in our world; and Alison O’Brien, former president of the American Society of Microbiology, professor of microbiology and immunology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and an expert in the gut bacterium known as E. coli, a major player in human health, basic science and biotechnology.
If you have any questions for Alison O'Brien or Liliana Losada during the broadcast you can tweet your question using the #dcswa hash tag.
If you live elsewhere in the world, please use www.everytimezone.com, to calculate when the live stream will start in your area.
The Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) is the annual infectious diseases meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Watch Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe magazine and host of ASM Live, interview researchers on selected topics of interest from the meeting in Chicago. This webpage will broadcast the daily webcasts being held September 17-20, 2011, at McCormick Place in room W-470B. For more information about ICAAC please visit www.icaac.org. If you are a member of the press visit the ICAAC newsroom to register for the meeting.
In addition, Vincent Racaniello of This Week in Virology and This Week in Microbiology will be broadcasting special editions of both programs live on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m., CDT, and Monday, Sept. 19, at 11:45 a.m., CDT, respectively.
Meeting attendees are welcome to attend and watch the live tapings as well as submit questions to the researchers. Tapings will take place in the ASM Press Conference Room of McCormick Center.
All interviews will be broadcast live and archived online at YouTube and here on MicrobeWorld.
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(To ask a question please post it in the chat or tweet @microbeworld. You can also use the hash tag #ICAAC)
Please note: The following schedule is preliminary and subject to change. Participants and more detail for each conference will be posted soon. All participants are invited, not confirmed. All times are listed as Central Daylight Time. All events take place in room W-470B at McCormick Place in Chicago.
10:00 a.m. CDT – ASM Live– Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Linked to Seagulls in Miami Beach
Extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL's) are enzymes that enable bacteria to resist multiple antibiotics. In the past few years ESBL-producing enteric bacteria (such as E. coli) have become an increasingly common cause of community acquired infections worldwide. The source of these organisms in the community still remains unclear; however, recent reports link wild animals and water reservoirs to their spread. Researchers will present research showing 8 percent of the enteric bacteria isolated from Miami Beach seagulls were positive for ESBL productionsuggesting these birds play a role in disseminating these bacteria in the environment.
11:00 a.m. CDT – ASM Live– New Antibiotics in the Pipeline
ICAAC is traditionally a venue for presenting data on new drugs and new drug combinations.Program Committee member Karen Bush will overview of new drugs and clinical trial data being presented this years highlighting the more promising compounds and will discuss the overall state of the antibiotic pipeline.
12:00 Noon, CDT – Press Conference– Opening Briefing
Members of the ICAAC Program Committee will give an overview of the ICAAC meeting and discuss sessions of particular interest. Lunch will follow.
2:00 p.m., CDT - This Week in Virology Live at ICAAC
Participate in a live streaming video episode of This Week in Virology (TWiV), a podcast about viruses. Started in September 2008 by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier, two science Professors at Columbia University Medical Center, the goal of the show is to have an accessible discussion about viruses that anyone can understand and enjoy. At ICAAC in Chicago, Racaniello, co-host Rich Condit and guests will be highlighting and commenting on some of the most exciting virology at the conference. Audience participation is encouraged so please feel free to ask any questions or offer your comments up to discussion.
10:00 a.m., CDT –ASM Live– Clostridium difficile: Emerging Issues and Treatments
Clostridium difficile infection is an important cause of intestinal disease, primarily affecting hospitalized patients exposed to antibiotics. Infection has been associated with prolonged hospital stays and excess healthcare expenditures.Recent changes in epidemiology of this disease show a rise in community-acquired cases in people outside the hospital settings without traditional risk factors.Participants will discuss this disturbing trend as well as the potential role of animals and the food supply and the status of current vaccine development efforts.
11:00 a.m., CDT –ASM Live– New Vaccine Technologies
Needle-based vaccine injections require highly trained health workers and an optimally performing system for effective mass vaccination campaigns. The universal fear of needle sticks is an indicator of the need of convenient and viable alternative modes of delivery. New technologies are making needle-free cutaneous (applied to the skin) vaccines against a variety of diseases a foreseeable reality. Bruce Weniger, Associate Editor of the journal Vaccine will discuss the latest research on cutaneous vaccination.
12:00 noon, CDT –ASM Live– The Rise and Control of Gram-Negative Resistance
The launch of new antibiotics in the 1980s led many in the scientific field to believe that fight against bacteria had been won. Since then, at least one group of bacteria known as Gram-negatives (which includes pathogens responsible for hospital-acquired pneumonia and bloodstream infections as well as E. coli and Salmonella have developed a variety of mechanisms that make them multi-drug resistant.The result is that it is now commonplace to encounter gram-negative infections susceptible only to one drug: colistin, an antibiotic all but abandoned in the 1970s and 1980s due to toxic side-effects.Participants will discuss how antibiotic-resistant gram-negatives are on the rise in newly industrialized countries, the threat they pose to the antibiotic revolution of the 20th century and one country's nationwide intervention to control an antibiotic-resistant outbreak in healthcare facilities.
10:00 a.m., CDT –ASM Live– Hot Topics in Pediatric Infectious Disease: The Return of Whooping Cough
Despite high infant immunization rates, pertussis infection rates are increasing in many countries and pertussis outbreaks have occurred. Recent control strategies for pertussis have focused on immunizing adolescents and adults with pertussis booster vaccines in an effort to provide herd immunity. Participants will discuss these strategies as well as latebreaking data from the 2010 California outbreak that suggests the booster may be ineffective after 3 years.
11:15 a.m., CDT – ICAAC Live with Vincent Racaniello of This Week in Microbiology
Join a live streaming scientific session at ICAAC hosted by Vincent Racaniello and co-host Michael Schmidt.Audience participation is encouraged so please feel free to ask any questions or offer your comments up to discussion.
1:30 p.m., CDT –ASM Live– Emerging Issues in Infectious Disease
Participants will discuss various emerging issues in the field of infectious disease including drug-resistant malaria; epidemiology and management of cholera in Haiti and whether or not steroids are an effective mechanism for managing bacterial meningitis.
Meeting attendees are welcome to attend and watch the live tapings as well as submit questions to the researchers. Tapings will take place in Room 232 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
All interviews will be broadcast live and archived online at UStream.tv and MicrobeWorld.
The General Meeting covers fundamental microbial cell biology, genetics and physiology, environmental and applied microbiology, microbial ecology, pathogenesis, clinical microbiology, and infectious diseases. The goal is to provide a program with breadth and depth that showcases state of the art science and updates experts in their own field. In doing so, ASM aims to facilitate the interdisciplinary approaches that are increasingly defining the best of microbiology.
10:00 a.m., CDT - Bacteria May Contribute to Development of Parkinson’s Disease
A new mouse model suggests that the bacterium responsible for stomach ulcers could also play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease.
11:00 a.m., CDT - Using Whole Genome Sequencing and Social Network Analysis to Track Disease
Using a novel methodology combining whole genome DNA sequencing and social network analysis, public health officials are able to solve a tuberculosis outbreak that was an absolute mystery by traditional epidemiologic methods.
12:00 noon CDT - Deepwater Horizon and Beyond
Over a year after the largest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are still investigating the role microorganisms play in cleaning up the mess, both on land and at sea. Participants will discuss the latest research, what we have learned and what we still do not know.
2:00 p.m., CDT - This Week in Microbiology with Vincent Racaniello
Join a live streaming video episode of the newest ASM podcast This Week in Microbiology (TWiM) hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background. In this episode, Racaniello and others will be highlighting and commenting on some of the most interesting science presented at the General Meeting. Audience participation is encouraged so please feel free to ask any questions or offer your comments up to discussion.
10:00 a.m., CDT - Impact of Globalization on the U.S. Food Supply
As the United States continues to import increasingly more of its food from developing nations, we are putting ourselves at greater risk of foodborne disease as many of these countries do not have the same sanitary standards for production, especially in the case of seafood and fresh produce. Additionally, prudent use of antibiotics is not practiced in many countries supplying foods, such as seafood and produce, to the United States.
11:00 a.m., CDT - Hot Topics in Diagnostic Microbiology: Chlamydia and Asthma
While the pathogen Chlamydia pneumoniae has been linked to asthma in the past, new research finds over two-thirds of people with severe asthma test positive for Chlamydia-specific antibodies, suggesting this antigen could be a good biomarker for detecting those at risk for asthma. Additional research finds that, in some cases, antibiotic therapy could improve asthma symptoms.
12:00 noon CDT - How Microbes Can Feed the World
In the early 1960s developments in agricultural production, sponsored by international funding agencies, led to what came to be called the Green Revolution. Unfortunately, this great leap forward in food production relies highly on the use of pesticides and artificial chemical fertilizers. The next step forward in the Green Revolution, though, may feature fungi instead. Participants will present research on genetically engineered fungi that could replace chemical fertilizers and naturally occurring fungi that produce compounds that could replace pesticides for protecting crops in the field and produce in transit.
2:00 p.m., CDT - This Week in Virology with Vincent Racaniello
Participate in a live streaming video episode of This Week in Virology (TWiV), a podcast about viruses. Started in September 2008 by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier, two science Professors at Columbia University Medical Center, the goal of the show is to have an accessible discussion about viruses that anyone can understand and enjoy. At the General Meeting in New Orleans, Racaniello and guests will be highlighting and commenting on some of the most exciting virology at the conference. Audience participation is encouraged so please feel free to ask any questions or offer your comments up to discussion.
10:00 a.m., CDT - Microbes Controlling the Climate?
Large concentrations bacteria identified in the nuclei of hailstones suggest that airborne microorganisms may be responsibility for the formation of these weather events. Participants will discuss these findings as well as the implications they may have for understanding of the role microbes play in controlling the weather.
11:15 a.m., CDT - Putting Microbes to Work
The ability of bacteria to be genetically manipulated in a directed way has permitted the application of bacterial metabolism and gene expression to the creation of products useful in a wide variety of domains, including alternative energy generation, novel and manipulatable pathways for antibiotic synthesis, and synthesis of industrial intermediates. Participants will discuss engineering of bacteria to produce hydrogen gas, ethanol, anti-microbials and other useful products.
12:15 p.m.CDT - Rich Bug, Poor Bug
Modernization in developing countries may be accompanied by a transition from epidemic infectious diseases to chronic and degenerative illnesses as predominant causes of morbidity and mortality. The hygiene hypothesis posits that reduced exposure to infectious agents in childhood as a result of modern advances in public health can alter the development of the immune system to increase the risk of allergic, autoimmune and other illnesses. Participants will discuss the differences in disease patterns between industrialized and developing countries and consider the scientific evidence for the hygiene hypothesis and its implications for human health.
The Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) is the annual infectious diseases meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. This webpage will broadcast the daily press conferences for the 50th ICAAC being held September 12-15, 2010 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. For more information about ICAAC please visit www.icaac.org. If you are a member of the press visit the ICAAC newsroom.
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Please note: The following schedule is preliminary and subject to change. Participants and more detail for each conference will be posted soon. All participants are invited, not confirmed.
WATCH 10:00 a.m., EDT – NDM-1: The New Superbugs
New Dehli metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) is an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of beta-lactam antibiotics. These include the antibiotics of the carbapenem family, which are a mainstay for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. According the the United Kingdom’s health protection agency, most bacteria carrying the gene for NDM-1 are resistant to all standard intravenous antibiotic treatments for severe infections. First identified in a patient in New Dehli in December 2009, the NDM-1 gene has since been found in infections in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Participants will discuss the growing global threat of NDM-1 as well as late-breaker abstracts describing cases in the U.S. and Canada.
WATCH 11:15 a.m. EDT – Handwashing Survey Results
Mom's advice about cleaning your hands may finally be starting to get through. In the August 2010 observational study sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute® (formerly The Soap and Detergent Association), 85% of adults washed their hands in public restrooms, compared with 77% in 2007. The 85% total was actually the highest observed since these studies began in 1996.
WATCH 12:00 noon EDT – Emerging Issues in Infectious Disease
Participants in this session will discuss the latest issues appearing on the horizon for infectious disease researchers including the changing epidemiology of drug resistance in Salmonella, epidemiology and management of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis and the possibility that chronic fatigue syndrome could be associated with a retroviral infection.
WATCH 1:15 p.m., EDT – A Role for Statins in Infectious Disease?
Statins are well-known as a class of drugs that are used to help lower cholesterol but recent evidence suggests they might be good for more than your heart. They may play a role in preventing and treating certain bacterial infections including pneumonia and sepsis. Presenters will discuss the latest research on the potential of these drugs.
It is widely recognized that certain foodborne pathogens may persist in at least some sources of the food chain, while others may persist in different sources along the entire food chain. Watch Angelika Lehner, University of Zurich, Switzerland, and Martin Wiedmann, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, discuss on two specific pathogens, Listeria monocytogenes and Enterbacter sakazakii, and the unique mechanisms by which they continue to stubbornly persist in the food chain.
Margaret Zupancic, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Amanda Payne, Institute of Food Health and Nutrition ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, discuss research presented at the American Society for Microbiology 110th General Meeting in San Diego that sheds new light on the role bacteria in the digestive tract may play in obesity.