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The following sessions that may be of interest to ASM’s clinical and public health microbiologists are being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, during ASM’s General Meeting which begins on Sunday, May 21, 2006:

009/C Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci: They Can Really Get Under Your Skin
Monday, May 22, 8:00am – 10:30am, Room 415C
Convener: Janet Hindler, University of California Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA and P.D. Fey, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology and Division C Lecture: The Molecular Transformation of Clinical Microbiology: Microbiologists Enter the Fast Lane
Monday, May 22, 9:40am, Room 415C
Convener:  Franklin Cockerill, III., Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

077/C How to be Proactive in Clinical Microbiology to Improve Patient Outcomes
Monday, May 22, 2:30pm – 5:00pm, Room 304A
Conveners: Joan Barenfanger, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL and R.H. Rand, University of Florida, Gainesville, GL

bioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology: What’s Next? Some Thoughts on the Future of Clinical Microbiology
Monday, May 22, 2:30pm, Room 304A
Janet Hindler, University of California Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

098 Late Breaker Session: The Microbiological Aftermath of Hurricanes and Tsunamis
Tuesday, May 23, 8:00am – 10:30am, Room 304A
Conveners: C.M. Black, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mary Gilchrist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

110/Y Advances in Laboratory-Based Surveillance for Infectious Diseases: Providing Early Warning and Information for Public Health Decisions
Tuesday, May 23, 8:00am – 10:30am, Room 206A
Convener: Ralph Timperi, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Washington, DC

111/C Clinical Microbiology is a Trivial Pursuit
Tuesday, May 23, 8:00am – 10:30am, room 415C
Convener: F.C. Fang, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

188/C Case Presentations in Clinical Microbiology
Tuesday, May 23, 2:30pm – 5:00pm, Room 415C
Conveners: Joseph Campos, National Medical Center, Washington, DC, and Roberta Carey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

197/Y Emerging Infectious Disease – 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2:30pm – 5:00pm Room 208A
Conveners: Mary Gilchrist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA and J.K. Nicholson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

207 New Molecular Methods in the Clinical Laboratory
Wednesday, May 24, 8:00am – 10:30am, Room 307A
Conveners: K.V. Voelkerding, ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT and J. Versalovic, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

210/C Population-Specific Approaches to Molecular Microbiology
Wednesday, May 24, 8:00am – 10:30am, Room 304G
Conveners: E.M. Marlowe, Kaiser Permanente, North Hollywood, CA and D.M. Wolk, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

281/C Global Health Threat and Burden of MRSA and CA-MRSA
Wednesday, May 24, 2:30pm – 5:30pm, Room 415C
Conveners: Fred Tenover, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA and D. Harmsen, Universitat Munster, Munster, Germany

291/Y Both Sides Now: Infectious Disease Outbreaks from the Epi and Micro Perspectives
Wednesday, May 24, 2:30pm – 5:30pm, Room 307A
Convener: L.A. Jackson, Center for Health Studies, Seattle, WA

298/C Pediatric Clinical Microbiology: Selected Topics
Thursday, May 25, 8:00am – 10:30am, Room 304G
Conveners: J. Versalovic, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX and R.T. Hayden, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

308/Y Extreme Makeover of the Public Health Lab
Thursday, May 25, 8:00am – 10:30am, Room 206A
Conveners: Vickie Baselski, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN and M.A. Pentella, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Microbe Articles of Interest – May
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- In Race for Biodefense Countermeasures, Diagnostics Downplayed
- Progress with Efforts to Control Ebola, Marburg Viruses
- Vancomycin Analog Shows Promise Pitted against Resistant Pathogens

Journal Articles of Interest – May
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“Viable bacteria present within oral squamous cell carcinoma tissue” (S.J. Hooper, S.J. Crean, M.A.O. Lewis, D.A. Spratt, W.G. Wade, M.J. Wilson. 2006. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 44. 5: 1719-1725.) For the first time, viable bacteria have been detected in oral cancer tissue say researchers from the United Kingdom. In the study, twenty deep-tissue samples were collected from patients undergoing surgery for oral cancer. The specimens were harvested from deep within the tumor mass using a fresh blade for each cut. Superficial portions and nontumorous samples were also collected as control specimens and surface contamination was maintained using Betadine and phosphate-buffered saline. Results showed a diverse group of bacteria, including several potentially novel species, of which some were isolated only from either the tumorous or nontumorous tissue.

“Effect of conventional and organic production practices on the prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of Campylobacter spp. in poultry” (T. Luangtongkum, T.Y. Morishita, A.J. Ison, S. Huang, P.F. McDermott, Q. Zhang. 2006. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 72. 5: 3600-3607.) The use of conventional versus organic production practices can significantly affect the prevalence of antibiotic resistant to bacteria in poultry say researchers from Maryland and Ohio. In the study, researchers compared Campylobacter from the intestinal tracts of broilers and turkeys from conventional farms where antibiotics were routinely used and organic farms where antibiotics had never been used. A total of 694 Campylobacter isolates were tested for resistance to nine antibiotic agents. Researchers found that although Campylobacter species were dominant in both poultry operations, there was a significant difference in antibiotic resistance with a rate of less than 2% from organically raised poultry and 46 to 67% resistance from conventionally raised broilers and turkeys.

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“Molecular Principles of Fungal Pathogenesis” (Editors: Joseph Heitman, Duke University Medical Center; Scott G. Filler, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; John E. Edwards, Jr., Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; Aaron P. Mitchell, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons), presents readers with an up-to-date compendium of research in the field of medical mycology. This new volume measures the impact of genome projects, genetics, and molecular biology on the understanding of a diverse group of pathogenic fungi and explores the potential impact of vaccines and new therapeutic approaches to treatment. It will serve as a valuable resource for students, fellows, instructors, researchers, specialists, clinicians, and anyone interested in the general field of microbial pathogenesis.

“Outbreak: Cases in Real-World Microbiology” (Author: Rodney P. Anderson, Ohio Northern University), is a new textbook targeting introductory microbiology instructors and students. Generously illustrated with color photographs, the book integrates headline-making disease outbreaks into the microbiology coursework and is the first work of its kind to utilize material that directly impacts college-age students. Unique in its presentation, “Outbreak” is designed to offer instructors the flexibility to use the book effectively in a number of ways, while providing students with the critical content they need.