ASM 2009 Award Laureates
Award Information

The American Society for Microbiology is proud to announce the winners of the Scientific Achievement Awards. The ASM will present the awards to recipients at the 2009 ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia, May 17-25, 2009.

November Issue of AAM News and Views
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The American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) published its November issue of News and Views. The newsletter includes interviews with Academy Fellows and committee members, updates on the critical issue colloquia series, notes about Fellows who have been distinguished with awards and other honors, and other Academy activities.

ASM 2009 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting
Biodefense Meeting Information

Registration is open for the annual ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting, scheduled for February 22-25, 2009 in Baltimore, MD. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together researchers and decision makers responsible for shaping the biodefense research agenda.

New from ASM Press
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Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillosis offers the latest insights into the fundamental biology and pathogenesis of A. fumigatus. The publication also offers the newest strategies for characterizing, diagnosing, and treating its spectrum of clinical infection. (Editors: Jean-Paul Latgé, Institut Pasteur and William J. Steinbach, Duke University)

The Spectrum of Neuro-AIDS Disorders: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment, covers the full scope of research on the neurological and neurobehavioral implications of HIV/AIDS, or "neuro-AIDS," including the fields of microbiology and immunology. (Editors: Karl Goodkin, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of California-Los Angeles; Paul Shapshak, University of South Florida College of Medicine; and Ashok Verma, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine)

Emerging Infections 8 is based on scientific sessions held at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), the annual infectious diseases meeting held by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The sessions address the spectrum of new and emerging bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites of recognized or potential scientific and public health importance, with discussions of strategies for their prevention and control. (Editors: W. Michael Scheld, the University of Virginia Health System; James M. Hughes of the Emory University School of Medicine; and Scott M. Hammer of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.)

ASM Journal Articles of Interest
ASM Journal Tip Sheets

New Vaccines Protect Against Asian H5N1 Influenza A Viruses in Domestic Ducks

Scientists are looking at a novel strategy to prevent the spread of pandemic avian influenza. They have developed a vaccine that protects ducks, a known natural reservoir for the virus. (J.K. Kim, P. Seiler, H.L. Forrest, A.M. Khalenkov, J. Franks, M. Kumar, W.B. Karesh, M. Gilbert, R. Sodnomdarjaa, B. Douangngeun, E.A. Govorkova, R.G. Webster. 2008. Pathogenicity and vaccine efficacy of different clades of Asian H5N1 avian influenza A viruses in domestic ducks. Journal of Virology, 82. 22: 11374-11382.)

Resistance to TB Vaccine May Be Uncommon, Protects Against Nine Strains in Mice

A new study shows that the current tuberculosis vaccine induces protective immunity against nine strains of the bacteria in mice indicating that strain-specific resistance may be uncommon. (B.Y. Joen, S.C. Derrick, J. Lim, K. Kolibab, V. Dheenadhayalan, A.L. Yang, B. Kreiswirth, S.L. Morris. 2008. Mycobacterium bovis BCG immunization induces protective immunity against nine different Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in mice. Infection and Immunity, 76. 11: 5173-5180.

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