General Meeting 2004 - New Orleans, Louisiana

We have added this up-to-date information for those who will be attending the 2004 Annual General Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Even if you are not attending the conference, you may be interested to see what the Division Officers have planned.  In addition to the symposia and poster sessions, the Public Health Division (Y) will hold the annual business meeting and a social "mixer."  Watch this page and subscribe to the Division Y list serv for up-to-the-minute updates.  If you have other questions about the meeting schedule or wish to build an itinerary for the meeting over the web, check the ASM national site here.   See you in New Orleans!

Annual Business Meeting
The annual Division Y business meeting will be held Wednesday May 26 from 10:45-11:45am in room 338. Please plan to attend and help support your Division. As we are a voluntary organization we need your help and now that we have over 1700 Division Y members (according to the ASM online directory) we need support from our members more than ever. Run for office, help manage the website or list-serv, or propose symposia for upcoming meetings-the opportunities to become involved are numerous.

Social Mixer

A social mixer will be held with Division Z (Animal Health) on Tuesday May 25 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Sheraton New Orleans in Napoleon D. Our annual mixer is a great time to come out and share fine food, drink, and camaraderie among fellow microbiologists. I hope to see you there!



Symposium 129.
Emerging Infectious Diseases-2004

May 25, 2004 8:00am - 10:30am
La Louisianne B
Each year brings the emergence of new infectious disease outbreaks in humans, seemingly with increasing frequency. Causal factors include the mobility and crowding of human populations, the global commerce of food, animal human interactions and the changing environment. This symposium will cover:
The most recent epidemiology and public health response to West Nile Virus and SARS
The implications of genetics changes on emerging antimicrobial resistance
The experience of Wisconsin with monkey pox virus
The ongoing threat of influenza
Burton W. Wilcke  -- Convener
King K. Holmes  -- Convener
Lyle R. Petersen  -- West Nile Virus Becomes Endemic
Donald E. Low  -- SARS: One Year Later
David M. Warshauer  -- Monkeypox Visits Wisconsin
Paul Arguin -- Exotic Pets and Imported Zoonoses: The Regulatory Response to the Monkeypox Outbreak
Fred C. Tenover  -- Following Rogue Resistance Genes

Symposium 214.
Crossing the Species Barrier: Diseases Transmitted from Animals to Humans

May 25, 2004 2:30pm - 5:00pm
With the emergence of monkey pox and SARS, it has become more evident that microorganisms are likely to cross the "species barrier" when given the opportunity. Looking back at the microorganisms which have successfully crossed that barrier may provide insights into how to anticipate or prevent such occurrences in the future. This symposium will cover the:
General definition and conceptualization of the species barrier
Specific molecular information on the evolution of two strains of HIV arising from different strains in primates
Evidence for species barrier crossing by Leptospira
Cross infection of Hepatitis E between domestic animals and humans
The harmful role that animals play in concentrating agents
Mary J. Gilchrist  -- Convener
Jeffrey T. Gray  -- Convener
Stephen Morse -- Evolving Evidence About The Penetrability of the Species Barrier
Preston A. Marx -- Simian Sources of HIV and the Barrier to AIDS Emergence
Carole A. Bolin  -- Leptospirosis: A Disease Without Boundries
Xiang-Jin Meng -- Hepititis E Virus: Cross Species Infection
Sandra A. Banack -- Animals as Bioconcentrators of Agents Harmful to Humans

Symposium 233. 
Global Health Challenges: The Critical Role For Laboratories
May 26, 2004 8:00am - 10:30am
It is becoming increasingly clear that infectious diseases are a global problem, which require collaborative domestic and global efforts to address. The surveillance and disease control efforts of all countries needs strengthening. Laboratories, particularly those involved in microbiological testing, are key to improving surveillance and providing support for diagnosis and treatment. This symposium will cover:
The essential functions that all national public health laboratories must be able to carry out to support surveillance, disease control and prevention
How quality laboratory systems can best be established in resource poor settings
What is needed in laboratory support for tuberculosis programs in developing countries
How laboratory infrastructure is key to the success of the global AIDS program
Burton W. Wilcke  --  Convener
Robert Martin  --  Convener
James M. Hughes  -- Division Y Lecture: Addressing Global Microbial Threats
Bradford A. Kay --  Essential Laboratory Functions In Support of a Global Epidemic Alert System
Ralph Timperi --  Pratical Options for Implementing Laboratory Quality Systems in Resource-poor Settings
John Ridderhof  --  Strethening TB Laboratory Networks: Reducing the Disparity Between High and Low Resource Countries
Austin Demby --  The Global AIDS Program and It's Reliance on Laboratory Infrastructure

Symposium 306. 
Molecular Tools for Public Health: Current Status and Future Trends
May 26, 2004 2:30pm - 5:00pm
This last decade has resulted in the application of various molecular tools to public health microbiology and epidemiology in an unprecedented way. These tools now aid molecular epidemiologists and microbiologists in tracking disease outbreaks and identifying pathogens in ever more rapid and precise ways. This symposium will cover the application of microbial genomics and the following methodologies to the fields of public health microbiology and molecular epidemiology:
Brian D. Sauders --  Convener
Scott J. Zimmerman  --  Convener
Tanja Popovic  --  Direct Detection Methods
Richard Meyer  --  The Use of RT-PCR to Detect Agents of Public Health Concern
Bala A. Swaminathan  --  Sequence Typing To Track Food Borne Disease: How Do We Get From PFGE to ATGC
Brian Currie --  Electronic Database for Microbial Subtyping Surveillance: Lessons Learned
James M. Musser  --  Putting It All Together: The Impact of Genomics on Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health


Poster Sessions

Poster 091. 
Emerging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
May 24, 2004 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Poster Hall

Poster 290. 
Epidemiology and Public Health
May 26, 2004 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Poster Hall

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