CONTACT: Jim Sliwa
WASHINGTON, DC – May 10, 2014 – The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the International Society of Chemotherapy for Infection and Cancer (ISC) announce an agreement to hold the ASM's Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) and the ISC's International Congress of Chemotherapy (ICC) as a joint meeting in 2015. The ICAAC/ICC meeting will be held September 18-21, 2015 in San Diego, California.
“We are both pleased and excited to announce this agreement. The high quality content of ICAAC, the ASM's annual infectious diseases research meeting, when combined with the content of the ICC will have a strong appeal to ISC members” says Craig Rubens of Seattle Children's Hospital, Chair of the ICAAC Program Committee.
“The ISC is very pleased to be renewing its association with ASM 50 years after the first joint ICAAC / ICC congress in Washington, DC and over 30 years after the last joint congress in Boston in 1979,” says Ian M. Gould of the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Scotland, President of the ISC. “In those intervening decades antibiotic resistance, new antibiotic development and antibiotic stewardship have been major concerns of both Societies. Now that crisis point has been reached, it is imperative that we work closely together in these and other related areas to facilitate synergistic collaborations in common areas of concern. We are looking forward to an exciting and successful meeting.”
Known as the preeminent world meeting for presenting new information on clinical and basic research in infectious diseases and anti-infective therapy, ICAAC has also traditionally served as a forum for the introduction of new antimicrobial agents. It is the largest infectious disease meeting held in the United States.
The ASM is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world. Membership has grown from 59 scientists in 1899 to over 40,000 members today, with more than one third located outside the United States. The members represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization plus a division for microbiology educators.
The ASM’s primary focus is to gain a better understanding of basic life processes and to promote the application of this knowledge for improved health and economic and environmental well-being.
The ISC was founded in 1961 and aims to advance the education and the science of therapy of infection and of cancer through the establishment of an international federation of affiliated national and regional societies with similar aims and objectives to its own. The ISC currently has a worldwide membership composed of 97 national and regional societies, which in turn have over 50,000 individual members.
The ISC promotes the conduct of scientific research, convening international congresses, conferences and symposia and encourages co-operation within the society and between scientists belonging to other societies dealing with related basic and clinical sciences. In the last decade, most of the society work has been on antimicrobials.
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