2008 Press Releases

American Society for Microbiology Receives Two Non-Profit PR Awards
Washington, DC – December 16, 2008 -- The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has been honored with non-profit public relations awards from PR News for two of its public outreach initiatives. The awards were announced in Washington, DC, on December 4, 2008.

New Text Focuses on Formidable Opportunistic Fungus
WASHINGTON, DC -- December 12, 2008 -- Modern medical technologies are repairing the human body in ways never imagined only a few years ago, but they are leaving an increasing population of patients who are newly susceptible to opportunistic pathogens. Invasive and chronic fungal infections have become a formidable clinical opponent, and foremost among them is Aspergillus fumigatus, the focus of a new text from ASM Press.

New Book Covers Full Spectrum of Neuro-AIDS Disorders
WASHINGTON, DC -- December 9, 2008 -- In the decade-plus since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for HIV infection, doctors have come to understand that the brain can serve as a reservoir for resistant virus, where it causes a whole different set of symptoms scientists call neuro-AIDS. A new book from ASM Press, The Spectrum of Neuro-AIDS Disorders: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment, presents the full scope of research on the neurological and neurobehavioral implications of HIV/AIDS in a single, unique volume.

New Volume in Emerging Infections Series
WASHINGTON, DC -- December 4, 2008 -- ASM Press announces publication of the latest volume in its popular series on new and emerging infectious diseases. Based on sessions at recent scientific conferences, Emerging Infections 8 offers up-to-date information and the most current research on new and emerging infections that have generated international interest.

Text Focuses on Diagnosing Infections in Immunocompromised Patients
WASHINGTON, DC -- October 14, 2008 -- Over the past twenty-five years, the number of patients with compromised immune systems has grown astronomically. High-risk patients such as these require a unique set of healthcare solutions that take into consideration everything from the etiology and degree of immune suppression to the individual patient’s nutritional status. A new text from ASM Press, Diagnostic Microbiology of the Immunocompromised Host, examines a wide range of approaches and challenges to infectious disease diagnostics for immunocompromised patients.

Pathogen that Causes Disease in Cattle Also Associated with Crohn’s Disease; Research Urgently Needed to Evaluate Potential Risks to Humans
WASHINGTON, DC – August 7, 2008 – People with Crohn’s disease (CD) are seven-fold more likely to have in their gut tissues the bacterium that causes a digestive-tract disease in cattle called Johne’s disease. The role this bacterium may or may not play in causing CD is a top research priority, according to a new report released by the American Academy of Microbiology. The reports points out that the cause of CD is unknown, and the possible role of this bacterium—which could conceivably be passed up the food chain to people—has received too little attention from the research community.

ASM and FIND to Partner on Strengthening Infectious Disease Diagnosis in Resource-Poor and Transitional Nations
WASHINGTON, DC -- July 31, 2008 -- The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding today confirming their agreement to work in partnership for projects aimed at strengthening infectious disease diagnosis and service integration in resource-poor and transitional countries.

New Publication Addresses Safety of Imported Foods
WASHINGTON, DC -- July 30, 2008 -- As the proportion of imported foods in the food supply continues to increase, Americans are putting themselves at a potentially greater risk for foodborne disease as some countries may not have the same sanitary standards as the U.S.

Imported Foods: Microbiological Issues and Challenges, the latest book in the ASM Press series Emerging Issues in Food Safety, thoroughly explains one of the greatest weaknesses in the U.S. food safety system and outlines steps necessary to remedy it.

Report Calls for New Resources for Studying Fungi That Impact Human Health and Agriculture
Washington, DC – June 30, 2008– Fungi can cause a number of life-threatening diseases but they also are becoming increasingly useful to science and manufacturing every year. However, many people, scientists among them, are largely unaware of the roles fungi play in the world around us. Research on fungi and fungal diseases are seriously neglected as a result – a situation with grave negative repercussions for human health, agriculture, and the environment-- according to The Fungal Kingdom: Diverse and Essential Roles in Earth’s Ecosystem, a new report from the American Academy of Microbiology.

New Text Highlights Role of Microorganisms in Alternative Energy Development
WASHINGTON, DC -- May 30, 2008 -- As the demand for and price of oil and other sources of energy continues to rise scientists are increasingly looking for abundant, cost-effective alternative sources of energy. One of the least studied and most promising sources, microorganisms, is the focus of a new book by ASM Press, Bioenergy.

American Society for Microbiology Supports ‘One Health’ Initiative
WASHINGTON, DC — MAY 12, 2008 — The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has endorsed the One Health Initiative, which recognizes the inter-relationships among human, animal, and environmental health and seeks to enhance communication, cooperation, and collaboration in integrating these areas for the health and well-being of all species.

Publication Offers Labs Consensus Recommendations for Diagnosing Parasitic Diseases
WASHINGTON, DC – April 25, 2008 – ASM Press announces the latest addition to its Cumulative Techniques and Procedures in Clinical Microbiology (Cumitechs) publication series: Cumitech 46 -- Laboratory Procedures for Diagnosis of Blood-Borne Parasitic Diseases.

Forgotten Diseases Key to Lifting Developing World from Poverty, Destitution and Despair
WASHINGTON, DC -- April 8, 2008 -- One of the main obstacles towards progress in the developing world is the litany of tropical diseases affecting residents that have not been seriously addressed by the public health community. This is the message of a new book, Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases, published by ASM Press.

Public Communications Award Recognizes Malaria Series
Washington, DC – March 21, 2008 -- Science magazine deputy news editor Leslie Roberts and contributing correspondent Martin Enserink have won the 2008 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Public Communications Award for their three-part series “Combating Malaria”. The series details the role of microbiology in combating malaria as well as the challenge of delivering advances in medicine to those who need them.

Combination Vaccine Protects Monkeys from Ebola and Marburg Viruses
BALTIMORE, MD – February 26, 2008 -- An experimental, combination vaccine against Ebola andMarburg viruses using virus-like particles (VLPs) provides complete protection against infection in monkeys. Researchers from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) report their results today (Feb. 26) at the 2008 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting inBaltimore, MD.

Unexplored Microbes Hold Incredible Potential for Science and Industry
WASHINGTON, DC -- February 14, 2008 -- Humans live in the midst of a seething, breathing microbial world. Microorganisms populate every conceivable habitat, both familiar and exotic, from the surface of the human skin, to rainforest floors, to hydrothermal vents in the ocean floors. Despite the powerful and pervasive role of microbes in sustaining life, most of the microbial world remains a mystery. This is the subject of The Uncharted Microbial World: Microbes and Their Activities in the Environment, a new report released by the American Academy of Microbiology.