Division G Newsletter

March, 1997

Table of Contents

Divisional Officers

1997 General Meeting

ASM Workshop


Division G Homepage

1998 General Meeting

The 1996-97 Division G Officers are:

Chair (Out-going):

F. Chris Minion
Vet. Med. Res. Instit.
1802 Elwood Drive
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: (515) 294-6347
Fax: (515) 294-1401
email: fcminion@iastate.edu

Chair (In-coming):

Duncan Krause
Department of Microbiology
University of Georgia
523 Biological Services Building
Athens, GA 30602
phone: (706) 542-2671
Fax: (706) 542-2674
email: dkrause@uga.cc.uga.edu


Kim Wise
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Missouri
Columbia School of Medicine
M-642 Medical Sciences Building
Columbia, MO 65212
Phone: (314) 882-8138
Fax: (314) 882-4287
email: wise@medsci.mbp.missouri.edu

Alternate Councilor:

Kevin Dybvig
Dept. of Comparative Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
418 Volker Hall
Birmingham, AL 35942
Phone: (205) 934-9327
Fax: (205) 975-4418
email: dybvig@orion.cmc.uab.edu


Steve Geary
Department of Pathobiology
University of Connecticut
61 N. Eagelville Rd.
Storrs, CT 06269-3089
phone: (203) 486-0835
fax: (203) 486-2794
email: sgeary@canr1.cag.uconn.edu

1997 ASM Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida

The 1997 General Meeting promises to be an exciting one for mycoplasmologists. Most of the activities will be packed into the first three days of the meeting. We will begin with the business meeting at 1:00 PM. Please make every effort to attend. There is also something new this year, a poster session at night. It will follow the Presidential Address on Tuesday evening and will be accompanied by a food buffet. There should be a great crowd for the presenters. [It may not be possible to have an evening poster session at every meeting depending upon the facilities, but I welcome your comments regarding this one.] The mixer will be on Monday evening. Please make every effort to attend. I have not finalized the details yet, but mark your calendars for 6 - 8 PM. The location will be announced at the business meeting and at the symposium following.



1:00 Business Meeting

2:00 Divisional Lecture (Jerry K. Davis) immediately followed by:

Symposium (Diverse interactions of mycoplasmas with mammalian cells)

Mixer that evening (place will be announced at Business Meeting)


8:00 Symposium (Mycoplasma gallisepticum: A better model for mycoplasmal pathogenesis?)

12:45 - 2:15 Poster session 1

7:30 - 9:30 Poster session II


2:00 Symposium (co-sponsored with Division B, Evasion of mucosal defenses by pathogens that interact with the respiratory tract)


8:00 Colloquium (Special habitats and new host-parasite interactions - Gail Cassell is a speaker)


ASM Workshop on Diagnosis of Mycoplasma Infections in Clinical Laboratories.

For the third year in a row, the ASM Board of Education and Training has asked Ken Waites to convene the workshop "Diagnosis of Mycoplasma Infections in Clinical Laboratories" at the 1997 General Meeting. It will take place on Sunday, May 4 from 8:30 - 4:30. Information regarding specific location and instructions for registration for the workshop will be provided as part of the general information of the meeting. Look for it in the ASM News. Registration is limited to 40 persons.

For the past two years at the ASM General Meeting, this workshop has provided an up to date discussion of laboratory techniques for detection of mycoplasmal infections in diagnostic laboratories. Almost 60 people have participated thus far. This coming year, the workshop will provide essentially the same topics in a lecture-discussion format, followed by laboratory demonstrations in which participants will have the opportunity to examine mycoplasma cultures.

The topics which will be presented and their discussants are as follows: Overview of Mollicute Taxonomy and Classification, Dr. Janet Robertson, University of Alberta; Role of Mycoplasmas in Human Disease, Dr. Gail Cassell, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Culture-based methods of mycoplasma detection and antimicrobial susceptibility testing, Dr. Ken Waites, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Commercial media, Quality Control, Rapid and Molecular Methods for Detection of Mycoplasmas in Clinical Specimens, Dr. Christiane Bebear, University of Bordeaux; and Serologic Diagnosis of M. pneumoniae infection, Dr. Deborah Talkington, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ms. Lynn Duffy, University of Alabama at Birmingham will preside over the laboratory session.

This workshop is taught at an intermediate level. Participants should have some microbiology laboratory experience, but not necessarily with mycoplasmas. The workshop is designed for persons working in diagnostic microbiology laboratories who wish to implement or possibly improve mycoplasma detection in their facility, persons in the pharmaceutical industry or those engaged in clinical or basic research in which mycoplasma detection in clinical specimens is important. All participants will be provided with a course syllabus which includes detailed procedures for cultural, serologic and molecular based methods for detection of mycoplasmas in clinical specimens along with copies of numerous reprints from recent published studies on the subject.


Recruitment of new members

Every year, it is important to recruit new members to Division G. We are one of the smaller divisions, but not the smallest. We usually have an excellent percentage attendance at the meeting and overall attendance at the seminars is very good. We get lots of support from non Division G members in our seminars. We have for several years now been treated extremely favorably by ASM in regards to the number of seminars that we are assigned. We need to increase our membership, however. Please encourage your students to join the association and affiliate with Division G. In addition, spread the word to other colleagues. There are many ASM members who have not placed an affiliation with a division. Some of the individuals could be in hospital clinical laboratories, etc. and could have an interest in mycoplasmas. They need to be part of Division G!


ASM Division G Homepage

The Division G homepage is nearing completion and will be up and running by the time you read this newsletter (I hope). You will be able to access it through the ASM homepage (www.asmusa.org). I am still looking for ideas and suggestions for the content. Send images directly to me. I can digitize them or if you have done so already, send them as tiff or pict files. (I use a Mac so I can handle lots of formats.) I will gladly relinquish the role of webmaster if someone else is interested in taking on the responsibility! Contact me at fcminion@iastate.edu if you would like to be actively involved.

The IOM homepage can be found at URL: http://iml.vm.iastate.edu/vmri/. I am looking for links to other homepages of interest to mycoplasmologists, so don't be shy. Please visit this site and let me know what you think. I have a thick skin and will not be too upset over the criticism. I am not an artist, and could certainly use some help here. Do you have your own lab homepage? If so, let me know. We hope to have a searchable database with strains, probes, primers, etc. available sometime in the future. Mary Brown, Jerry Davis and Maureen Davidson (University of Florida) are working on this, but they need your help. The IOM homepage has links to the Constitution, a list of present officers, the awards rules, etc. I will also be adding a form for updating membership information (address, telephone, email, etc.) in the near future. This will make it easier to keep in contact with you. [If you have not informed the IOM of your email address or a change in address, please do so immediately. The newsletter and other information will be sent in this way to save money.] I need to know what you would like to see on this page.


1998 General Meeting

The 1998 General Meeting will be held in Atlanta. The planning for that meeting will begin at the 1997 General Meeting. Duncan Krause will be available in Miami Beach to meet with anyone interested in discussing potential symposia topics for that meeting. Please contact him at dkrause@uga.cc.uga.edu or at the meeting if you have an idea or two. I know that your help would be greatly appreciated.

Is there interest in discussing guidelines for mollicute gene nomenclature? We could try to assemble a committee to address this issue and present a draft at the Sydney IOM Meeting in 1998. Please contact Duncan Krause if you have an interest to serve on the committee or have ideas.

In closing, I would like to thank you for your participation in Division G activities. A special thanks to Ken Bott and his nomination committee for their work in developing a slate for our next election. Also, a special thanks to Ken Waites for his help in obtaining support for our mixer at the meeting. This is my last Newsletter and soon I will be turning over the reigns to Duncan. Please continue to give him the support you have given me this past year so that the Division can remain vibrant and healthy. It is in all of our best interests. I look forward to seeing you in Miami Beach in May and in Atlanta in 1998.

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Chris Minion

Chair, Division G