Participate in ASM Live at ASM 2014 in Boston where we will be live streaming video interviews of select presenters with host Stan Maloy, Chair of the Microbe Magazine Editorial Board, as well as the popular podcast, This Week in Virology, hosted by Vincent Racaniello, and a Spanish language version of ASM Live called ASM en Vivo by Dr. Greetchen Díaz-Muñoz and Catalina Dávila.
Tapings will take place at the Boston Convention Center, Room 153, 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.
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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. All times are listed as Eastern Standard Time. All events take place at the Boston Convention Center.
Contrary to popular belief, urine is not sterile and the bacteria in it may be associated with overactive bladder (OAB) in some women. Presenters will discuss their research evaluating urine specimens of 90 women with and without OAB using a new technique, the discovery that women with OAB had distinctly different bacteria in their urine and the implications of these findings.
11:00 a.m. - The Effect of Pancreatic Cancer on the Oral Microbiome - Watch Now!
In the United States, approximately 40,000 people die every year due to pancreatic adenocarcinoma, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer related death. Patients diagnosed in the early stages of pancreatic cancer have a 5-year survival rate of 21.5%. Unfortunately symptoms do not appear until after the cancer has become untreatable in the vast majority of cases. Participants will discuss new findings that patients with pancreatic cancer have a different and distinct profile of specific bacteria in their saliva compared to healthy controls and patients with other cancers or pancreatic diseases and how these findings could form the basis for a test to diagnose the disease in its early stages.
Duprex and Racaniello will explore the impact this decision has for the City of Boston, Boston University, and will discuss in detail the type of work that goes on in Biosafety Level 4 labs, the safety protocols in place and the benefits for infectious disease research and the overall security for the United States.
Reporters and media professionals are encouraged to attend and ask questions during the live streamed episode of This Week in Virology with Vincent Racaniello.
Vincent Racaniello, Columbia University
Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D., Professor, Associate Professor of Microbiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Paul Duprex, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine
10:00 a.m. - The Next Emerging Threat - Watch Now!
Over the past few decades there appears to have been a never-ending stream of emerging diseases from AIDS to SARS and now MERS. Predictions are that global warming will bring an increased emergence of pathogens. Clinical labs, veterinary labs and public health labs are challenged to be prepared for the next emerging threat. Participants will examine pathogens that have recently emerged and discuss what factors may make them long lasting threats and how public health laboratories should be preparing for those threats.
Ian Lipkin, Columbia University, New York
Lyle Petersen, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado
11:00 a.m. - The Potential Role of Gut Microbes in Autism - Watch Now!
Most gut bacteria are beneficial, aiding food digestion, producing vitamins, and protecting against harmful bacteria. If left unchecked, however, harmful bacteria can excrete dangerous metabolites or disturb a balance in metabolites that can affect the gut and the rest of the body, including the brain. New research shows that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have significantly different concentrations of certain bacterial-produced chemicals, called metabolites, in their feces compared to children without ASD. The participant will discuss these findings and their implications.
Dae Wook Kang, Arizona State University
Lita Proctor, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH
12:00 noon - Windshield Wiper Fluid: A Source of Legionnaires? - Watch Now!
A form of bacteria responsible for respiratory illness, including the deadly pneumonia known as Legionnaire's disease, may be able to grow in windshield washer fluid and was isolated from nearly 75% of school buses tested in one district in Arizona. The participant will discuss findings from a project initiated after a series of epidemiological studies found motor vehicle use to be associated with increased risk for Legionnaires' disease.
David Schwake, Arizona State University, Tempe
1:00 p.m. - ASM ¡en vivo! - Watch Now!
ASM2014 tiene "sabor Latino". Por primera vez podrás participar de ASM ¡en vivo! Tendremos una sección solo en Español donde las anfitrionas, Greetchen y Catalina (Mundo de los Microbios) conversarán con sus invitados sobre la importancia de comunicar la ciencia, adaptaciones de los hongos a sus hospederos y hasta paleomicrobiología.
Greetchen Diaz-Munoz, University of Nebraska and Ciencia Puerto Rico
Catalina Davila, University of Puerto Rico
Samuel Díaz-Muñoz, University of California, Berkeley, and Ciencia Puerto Rico
Moselio Schaechter, Small Things Considered
Oscar Zaragoza, National Centre for Microbiology, Spain
Jessica Rivera, University of Puerto Rico
9:30 a.m. - Where Pathogens Can Linger on Airplanes - Watch Now!
Many air travelers are concerned about the risks of catching a disease from other passengers given the long time spent in crowded air cabins. New research shows disease-causing bacteria can linger on surfaces commonly found in airplane cabins for days, even up to a week. Participants will discuss these findings as well as future plans to develop effective cleaning and disinfection strategies for airplanes.
Kiril Vaglenov, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
James Barbaree, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
11:00 a.m. - Fossilized Feces Help Anthropologists Understand Pre-Columbian Cultures - Watch Now!
By evaluating the bacteria and fungi found in fossilized feces, microbiologists are providing evidence to help support archeologists' hypotheses regarding cultures living in the Caribbean over 1,500 years ago. Researchers will discuss how the analysis of 1,500-year-old coprolites from archeological excavations in Vieques, Puerto Rico helped confirm that there were once two distinct ethnic populations living there from widely divergent backgrounds, one being the Bolivian Andes.
Jessica Rivera, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Raul J. Cano, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
12:00 noon - Microbes and Cancer - Watch Now!
Until recently cancers were seen as lifestyle and genetic diseases, brought on by exposure to carcinogens or a mutated gene. Recent studies are linking microbes to many different kinds of cancers. Participants will discuss not only how infection with specific pathogens causes cancers but also how disruptions in the human microbiome can also cause disease.
Christian Jobin, University of Florida, Gainesville
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