Media Advisory: ASM Hosts Press Conference on Zika Virus Research

Prior to the Zika Conference on June 1st, ASM Communications will host a panel of Zika virus experts who will speak about the latest developments on Zika virus research and a wide range of fields that touch on flaviviruses.  Join us for a premier glance of the Zika conference and for a chance to ask questions to the panel members.

Fusing Design and Science, ASM's Agar Art Contest is Back for Round Two

Washington, DC – April 26, 2016 – Building upon the success of The American Society for Microbiology's vastly popular agar art contest last year, round two of the competition is currently underway with expectations for even more inventive artwork. The contest drew widespread public interest last fall for its stunning and innovative submissions of artwork created using only microbes on agar plates. This year's contest, enticing more entrants with the theme "plate a little culture," will close on May 6th, and winners will be announced at a special art gallery at ASM's yearly meeting this June in Boston.

Chronic Chikungunya Symptoms Have Large Public Health Impact

Atlanta, GA – August 26, 2015 -  Prolonged and chronic symptoms of chikungunya fever, persisting up to six months after the acute infection period, were found to have substantial impact on individuals’ daily routines and ability to work, and required additional medical resources to manage, according to research presented at the 2015 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Now Available: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education’s Scientific Citizenship Issue, Vol. 17, Issue 1

Washington, D.C. —  March 21, 2016 — The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is pleased to announce the arrival of an inaugural standalone issue devoted to the theme of Scientific Citizenship. Volume 17, issue 1 of the scholarly, peer-reviewed Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) was curated by Guest Editors Jack A. Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory, Karen K. Klyczek of University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and Samantha L. Elliott of St. Mary’s College of Maryland over the course of 2015. Readers can expect essays on the current state of citizen science, lessons on how to engage and train citizen scientists, how-to articles on authentic research experiences and public outreach activities, curricular and nontraditional approaches to engaging citizens in science, detailed outcomes of popular citizen science activities, and reviews of citizen science resources.

Personal Clothing May Spread Respiratory Infections within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Atlanta, GA – August 24, 2015 - Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is the leading cause of childhood respiratory hospitalizations among premature babies, can be detected from the clothes worn by caregivers/visitors who are visiting infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to research being presented at the International Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia.

78 Fellows Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Washington, DC – March 2, 2016 – In January, the American Academy of Microbiology elected 78 new Fellows. Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Influenza Vaccines Provide Moderate Protection throughout the Entire Flu Season

Atlanta, GA – August 24, 2015 - Individuals who received the flu vaccine were protected for up to 6 months post-vaccination, the duration of most flu seasons, according to a study presented at the 2015 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Washington, DC – January 28, 2016 - Urinary tract infections (UTI) in the United States are the most common bacterial infection, and urine cultures often make up the largest portion of workload for hospital-based microbiology laboratories. Managing the factors that affect diagnosis and treatment of UTIs in patients, including selection, collection and transport of urine specimens, contributes to generating meaningful culture results. To determine how these factors impact the management of UTIs, the American Society for Microbiology and the Centers for Disease Control have together developed a an Evidence-Based Laboratory Medicine Practice Guideline (EBLMPG) to determine if optimizing the collection, preservation and transport of urine for microbiological culture improves the diagnosis and management of UTIs.

Is MERS another SARS: The Facts Behind Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

Atlanta, GA – August 24, 2015 - Experts show that while Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), a viral respiratory illness, is infecting less people, it has a higher mortality rate and affects a specific target population when compared to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).  This research is being presented at the International Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia.

Improved methods for detecting bloodstream infections: American Society for Microbiology and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines could lead to better outcomes for patients

Washington, DC – January 28, 2016 - Bloodstream infections (BSI) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Quick identification of bloodstream pathogens would allow for timely administration of targeted therapy to patients, which could significantly help improve clinical outcomes. To address these issues, the American Society for Microbiology and the Centers for Disease Control have developed an Evidence-Based Laboratory Medicine Practice Guideline (EBLMPG) to provide information that could be used for timely and effective patient care.

Just Published: The Manual of Clinical Microbiology 45th Anniversary Edition

Washington, DC – July 13, 2015–  Revised by a collaborative, international, interdisciplinary team of editors and authors, the Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 11th Edition, includes the latest applications of genomics and proteomics. Regarded as a seminal microbiology reference, the two-volume set is filled with current findings regarding infectious agents, leading-edge diagnostic methods, laboratory practices, and safety guidelines.

ASM’s Commitment to Interdisciplinary Microbiome Research

Washington, D.C—January 27, 2016— The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued a national call to action for new commitments to microbiome research from interdisciplinary research teams.  ASM’s mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences and it provides a platform to promote cross-cutting research.

Enquist Becomes President of the American Society for Microbiology

Washington, D.C. - July 1, 2015 - As of July 1, 2015, Henry L. Hillman professor of molecular biology and professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University Lynn Enquist, will become president of the American Society for Microbiology.

New American Academy of Microbiology Report Provides Recommendations for Implementing Next-Generation Sequencing to Clinical Microbiology Settings

Washington, D.C. — January 27, 2015 — Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has the capacity to provide crucial clinical benefits in patient care, patient outcomes, and public health, however, clinical laboratories must find ways to overcome operational, technical, regulatory, and strategic challenges in order to effectively employ NGS-based diagnostic tests, says a new report from the American Academy of Microbiology.

OpenStax College, ASM Press Partner on Microbiology Textbook

Houston - June 2, 2015 - Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College and the American Society for Microbiology Press today announced they are teaming up to produce Microbiology, a new introductory-level textbook due for release in spring 2016 that will be free online and low-cost in print.

American Society for Microbiology Members Propose Initiative to Harness Earth’s Microbiomes

Washington, DC - October 28, 2015 - An article published in Science on October 28th steered by key ASM members highlights the need for an interdisciplinary initiative that would focus on better understanding microbial interactions that could allow for progress in the fields of agriculture, health and energy, to name a few. Led by corresponding author Jeffery F. Miller, Ph.D., Past President, ASM, the article proposes the launch of a Unified Microbiome Initiative (UMI).

ASM Participates in White House Antibiotic Stewardship Forum

Washington, DC - June 2, 2015 - The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) welcomes the opportunity to discuss ways the public and private sectors can collaborate to address the worldwide crisis of antimicrobial resistance at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship which is being held in Washington DC today. This high level meeting of experts is a significant opportunity to move forward with comprehensive policies to improve antibiotic stewardship and slow the emergence of resistant bacteria.

American Society for Microbiology designates Ocean Station ALOHA as a Milestones in Microbiology site

Washington, DC – October 27, 2015 – Ocean Station Aloha, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) has been designated a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology. 

Publons and the American Society for Microbiology announce pilot partnership

London - June 1st, 2015 - Publons, the world’s largest peer review platform, and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the oldest and largest life science membership organization, have entered into a pilot partnership, which  will allow verified peer review recognition to peer reviewers of 12 participating ASM journals via the Publons platform. As of 1 June 2015, ASM and Publons are working together as part of a pilot program to improve the peer review process of journals published by ASM.The content of this page is restricted to ASM Members only.The content of this page is restricted to ASM Members only.

The American Society for Microbiology Designates the University of Michigan Department of Microbiology and Immunology as a “Milestones in Microbiology” Site

Washington, DC – October 13, 2015 – The Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the University of Michigan Medical School has been named a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). 

General Meeting 2015 Featured Press Release: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination: What Are College Students Thinking?

New Orleans, Louisiana – May 31, 2015 - Preliminary results from a survey of 192 Oakland University undergraduate female students in Auburn Hills, Michigan, revealed that although a vast majority of them are aware of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), about 54% are not vaccinated.  This research is being presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

The American Society for Microbiology Designates the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a “Milestones in Microbiology” Site

Washington, DC –October 8, 2015 – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).  A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 16, 2015, at 3 pm at the Charles Miller Auditorium, B102 Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory, 601 South Goodwin Avenue in Urbana, Illinois.

Toothbrush Contamination in Communal Bathrooms

New Orleans, Louisiana - June 2, 2015 - Data confirms that there is transmission of fecal coliforms in communal bathrooms at Quinnipiac University and that toothbrushes can serve as a vector for transmission of potentially pathogenic organisms. This research is presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

The American Society for Microbiology Announces Winners of the Agar Art Challenge

Washington, D.C., September 29, 2015 – The American Society for Microbiology recently announced the winners of the 2015 Agar Art Contest, which included designs of neurons, a map of New York City and the harvest season.

Researchers ID Novel Virus in U.S. Piglets Affected by Diarrhea Epidemic

Washington, D.C. – May 19, 2015 – A novel virus affecting young piglets and swine blood meal, an ingredient in pig feed, has been isolated and identified by researchers at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. 

New Diversity for Lager Beers

Washington, DC – September 25, 2015 - Unlike ales, lager beers differ little in flavor. But now, by creating new crosses among the relevant yeasts, Kevin Verstrepen, PhD, Stijn Mertens, and their collaborators have opened up new horizons of taste. The research is published in the September 25 Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Giant Panda Gut Bacteria Can’t Efficiently Digest Bamboo

Washington, DC – May 19, 2015 – It’s no wonder that giant pandas are always chewing and eating, say Chinese researchers: their gut bacteria are not the type for efficiently digesting bamboo.

San Diego, California - September 20, 2015 – Study reports that an outbreak of Bordetella parapertussis occurred in 2014 in Southeastern Minnesota, in the months of October through December.  This research is presented at ASM’s 55th Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC/ICC).

Phage Spread Antibiotic Resistance

Washington, DC - May 15, 2015 - Investigators found that nearly half of  the 50 chicken meat samples purchased from supermarkets, street markets, and butchers in Austria contained viruses that are capable of transferring antibiotic resistance genes from one bacterium to another—or from one species to another. “Our work suggests that such transfer could spread antibiotic resistance in environments such as food production units and hospitals and clinics,” said corresponding author Friederike Hilbert, DVM. The research is published ahead of print May 1, in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.The content of this page is restricted to ASM Members only.

San Diego, California - September 20, 2015 – Results from a double-blind phase 2 clinical study show that finafloxacin was a more effective and safe option than ciprofloxacin for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections and acute pyelonephritis. This research is being presented at ASM’s 55th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC/ICC).

Bacterial communities can act as precise biosensors of environmental damage

Washington, DC — May 12, 2015— A multidisciplinary group of US-based researchers has shown that the mixture of species found within natural bacterial communities in the environment can accurately predict the presence of contaminants such as uranium, nitrate, and oil. The findings, published this week in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, show that the rapid sequencing of microbiomes in place at environmental sites can be used to monitor damage caused by human activity.

 

San Diego, California - September 20, 2015 – Researchers report that a patient’s microbial diversity, even before they start cancer treatment, can be linked to risk of infection during induction chemotherapy. This research is presented at ASM’s Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC/ICC).

New Light On Bacterial Microcompartments: Ultimate Applications May Include Renewable Chemicals, Drug Delivery, Novel Antimicrobials

Washington, D.C.- May 11, 2015- Bacteria contain “microcompartments,” which are poorly understood organelles that play critical roles in metabolism. Understanding how they work may ultimately enable engineering them for useful applications. In salmonella, which possess two microcompartment types, coexpression is prevented by gene regulation. Concurrent expression rendered them nonfunctional, and resulted in release of toxic metabolic intermediates into the cell cytoplasm, damaging the cell. But by engineering a regulatory override, Thomas Bobik, PhD, and collaborators shed new light on how microcompartments work. The research is published in the Journal of Bacteriology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.

San Diego, California - September 19, 2015 – Results from the first phase 3 HIV study to enroll only women show improved safety and efficacy of the drug Stribild over multi-pill antiretroviral drug regimens. The research was presented at ASM’s 55th Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC/ICC).

Is Our First Line of Defense Sleeping on the Job? Metabolic Activity of the Skin Microbiome

New Orleans, Louisiana - June 1, 2015 - The skin microbiome is considered our first line of defense against pathogens. Across our bodies, we are covered with a diverse assemblage of bacteria. However, the skin can be a harsh environment for beneficial bacteria to live on due to UV exposure, high salinity, and desiccation stress. Research being presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology found that these suboptimal conditions may cause some bacteria to enter a dormant state, while other bacteria may simply die.

San Diego, California - September 19, 2015 – Researchers show that the introduction of both pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs)  and rotavirus vaccines (RVs) led to the rapid and dramatic reduction in hospital burden of both winter diarrhea and respiratory infections within <5 years post introduction of the vaccines. This research is presented at ASM’s 55th  Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC/ICC).

Does Agion silver technology work as an antimicrobial?

New Orleans, Louisiana - May 31, 2015 - The antibacterial effectiveness of Agion silver zeolite technology was tested on door handles across the Penn State Erie campus and after four years of sampling, a significant difference was observed between the bacterial populations isolated from silver versus control-coated door handles. This research is presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

San Diego, California - September 19, 2015 –  Research comparing clinical outcomes between patients receiving nafcillin and cefazolin for treatment of methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteremia shows that overall treatment failure rate among patients receiving cefazolin was no worse than nafcillin, and significantly fewer adverse effects were documented for those receiving cefazolin. These findings are presented at ASM’s 55th Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC/ICC).

Oral bacterium possibly associated with systemic disease found in Alabama schoolchildren

New Orleans, Louisiana - June 1, 2015 - Prevalence of a recently discovered serotype of oral bacterium, with a possible link to a number of systemic diseases, was found for the first time in a small cohort of African-American schoolchildren in a southwest Alabama town, according to research being presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

San Diego, California - September 19, 2015 – Researchers at University Jean Monnet of Saint-Etienne, France have succeeded in developing a vaginal silicone ring that delivers molecules that act on both HIV and herpes virus. This research is presented at the 55th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC/ICC).

Soil microbes ally with plants to fight disease and tolerate stress

New Orleans, Louisiana - June 1, 2015 - Much like the microbes in our gut, the plant microbiome also elicits a low-level immune response in the host plant, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Researchers found that when microbe-free plants were exposed to the pathogen responsible for speck disease in tomato, Pseudomonas syringae, disease was significantly less in plants with a microbiome.

β-Glucan-Enriched Pasta Boosts Good Gut Bacteria, Reduces Bad Cholesterol

Washington, DC – September 18, 2015 - People fed β-glucan-enriched pasta for two months showed increased populations of beneficial bacteria in their intestinal tracts, and reduced populations of non-beneficial bacteria. They also showed reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol. This work is part of a broad effort to identify potential prebiotics—foods that could encourage the growth of health-promoting bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. The research is published September 18, in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.  

Human Papillomavirus Vaccination: What Are College Students Thinking?

New Orleans, Louisiana - May 31, 2015 - Preliminary results from a survey of 192 Oakland University undergraduate female students in Auburn Hills, Michigan, revealed that although a vast majority of them are aware of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), about 54% are not vaccinated.  This research is being presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

San Diego, California - September 18, 2015 –  New research has developed a novel sensor device (microbiosensor) that alerts contact lens wearers when it is unsafe to put contact lenses in their eyes. This new device could reduce the incidence of severe eye infections which occur when dirty contact lenses are worn. These findings are presented at ASM’s 55th Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC/ICC).

Good Craft Beer Can Be Spoiled by Bacteria

New Orleans, Louisiana - June 1, 2015 - Beer spoilage bacteria was found in 10 of 50 final product beer samples from four of the nine breweries tested in Houston, Texas, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. 

Washington, D.C., September 9, 2015 – Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., MPH, has been named Executive Director/CEO of the American Society for Microbiology, effective January 4, 2016, the society announced today.

Fecal Microbiota Transplant Cures C. diff, Blocks Multi-Drug Resistant Pathogens

Washington, DC - May 6, 2015 - A fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) not only cured a case of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection in a 66 year old man; it eliminated populations of multi-drug resistant organisms both in the patient's gastrointestinal tract, and at several other body sites. This case report is published ahead of print April 15 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.

Leptospirosis in New York City: A Risk from Rats to Dogs and People

Atlanta, GA – August 26, 2015 -  In New York City, leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals, is most often spread to both people and dogs from rats, according to a study presented at the 2015 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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