ASM Microbe 2017 Final Program 

ASM Microbe 2017 Exhibit and Poster Hall Activity Guide 

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Antimicrobial Agents and Infectious Diseases 

Track Leaders:

William Hope, FRACP, FRCPA, PhD, Univ. of Liverpool
Michael Ison, MD, MS, Northwestern Univ.

The Antimicrobial Agents and Infectious Disease (AAID) Track will cover a range of important topics relevant to infectious diseases and their impact on human health. One of the major challenges today is the rising tide of antimicrobial resistance, with the emergence of “untreatable” microbes causing diseases that were once readily treatable. Drug resistance is emerging not only in bacteria, but also in fungi, viruses and parasites. ASM Microbe is the best place to find information regarding new antimicrobial agent discovery, preclinical investigations of new antimicrobials in the pipeline, and first-look data of human clinical trials using new antimicrobial agents. New insights into the mechanism of antimicrobial resistance will also be presented, shedding new light on the ways by which pathogens escape our therapeutic options. This year’s meeting will also feature the latest information on common healthcare-associated infections (such as Clostridium difficile, catheter-related bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and complicated urinary tract infections). ASM Microbe brings together angstrom-level discovery and clinical research to reduce the burden of infectious diseases around the globe.

AAID01 Antibacterial resistance: Surveillance, typing and clinical and molecular epidemiology 
AAID02 Antibacterials: Mechanisms of action and mechanisms of resistance
AAID03 Antimicrobial pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and general pharmacology
AAID04 Antimicrobial stewardship and quality of care
AAID05 Community-acquired infections in adults, including clinical trials
AAID06 Experimental therapeutics 
AAID07 HIV/AIDS and other retroviruses, including resistance
AAID08 Infection prevention and control: Healthcare-associated and surgical infections and clinical epidemiology 
AAID09 Mycology, including resistance and mechanisms of action of antifungals
AAID10 Neglected tropical diseases, parasitic helminthic and protozoan infections, malaria, global health, and travel medicine
AAID11 New antimicrobial agents (pre-US IND or prior to the start of clinical therapeutic studies) and new research technologies
AAID12 Pediatric infections
AAID13  Prions
AAID14 Sexually-transmitted, urinary tract, and obstetrics and gynecology infections
AAID15 Transplantation infectious diseases
AAID16 Vaccines and immunization science
AAID17 Virology (non-HIV), including hepatitis

Applied and Environmental Science

Track Leader: Michael Wagner, PhD, Univ. of Vienna

Applied and Environmental Science (AES) is well covered in the program of Microbe 2017 and many of the most exciting findings in this field during the last years will be presented at the meeting. Symposia will highlight recent, game-changing discoveries of microbial players and physiologies in the major biogeochemical cycles (sulfur, nitrogen, and carbon) and will present hot news from electromicrobiology and synthetic microbiology. Another focus area within this track will be microbial interactions with sessions dealing with bacterial predators, viral manipulation of plants and insects, gut microbioms of endangered animals and microbial interactions in the oceans. Major progress has been made in the understanding of the biology of biofilms, the structure and function of microbial communities dealing with wastewater treatment and bioremediation, and in optimizing microbial communities for producing chemicals and these novel insights will be discussed in sessions devoted to these topics. Genomics and microbiome research is also transforming food microbiology and a symposium will focus on this important field of research. And last but not least, new techniques like long read DNA sequencing technologies boost applied and environmental microbiology research and experts of these methods will present the newest developments at the meeting.

AES01 Aeromicrobiology
AES02 Agricultural microbiology
AES03 Antimicrobial resistance in the environment
AES04 Biofilms in applied & environmental science
AES05 Biofuels & bioproducts
AES06 Bioremediation, biodegradation, biofouling, and biocorrosion
AES07 Detecting & characterizing microbes in the environment and microbial response to petroleum & fuel exposure 
AES08 Electromicrobiology
AES09 Fermentation & biotransformation
AES10 Foodborne pathogens
AES11 Freshwater and marine microbiology 
AES12 Genetic & metabolic functions in environmentally relevant microbes
AES13 Microbes of industrial importance
AES14 Microbial source tracking
AES15 Microbiology of food
AES16 Microbiology of the built environment
AES17 New microbial processes for resource recovery, carbon capture, and resource efficiency 
AES18 New tools for the study of environmenatl microbes
AES19 Synthetic biology
AES20 Terrestrial microbiology 
AES21 Wastewater and drinking water microbiology 

Clinical and Public Health Microbiology 

Track Leader: Barbara Robinson-Dunn, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Beaumont Hlth. Sys.

Coming Soon – Dr. Robinson-Dunn discusses the CPHM track! 

Clinical and Public Health Microbiology (CPHM) was well represented at the former General Meeting, and with the merger of the GM and ICAAC, there is the additional benefit of more physician scientists attending Microbe. Organizing the accepted abstracts was difficult this year, says CPHM Track Leader Barbara Robinson-Dunn, because “so many caught my eye!” There will be thorough coverage of the science of antibiotic susceptibility testing: new protocols, new drug panels, new drugs in the pipeline, and new organisms to test. Another well-covered area will be testing and treatment of Clostridium difficile, a clinically important microbe with growing incidence.

Diagnostics is an important part of the CPHM track. Application of matrix-assisted laser-desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry technology is an active area of diagnostic research and will be well-represented in the poster sessions, as will total lab automation (TLA) studies, the growing field of machine automation for routine procedures such as dilution suspension and plating for bacterial isolates. The international nature of Microbe helps scientists from all countries learn the best practices for surveillance, prevention, and reaction to the spread of infectious disease.

CPHM01 Administering the Clinical/Public Health Microbiology Laboratory
CPHM02 Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
CPHM03 Diagnostic bacteriology
CPHM04 Diagnostic immunology
CPHM05 Diagnostic mycobacteriology
CPHM06 Diagnostic mycology
CPHM07 Diagnostic parasitology
CPHM08 Diagnostic public health microbiology 
CPHM09 Diagnostic veterinary microbiology
CPHM10 Diagnostic virology 
CPHM11 Laboratory safety 

Ecological and Evolutionary Science

Track Leader: Russell Hill, PhD, Univ. of Maryland Ctr. for Environmental Science 

Ecological and Evolutionary Science (EES) encompasses many aspects of microbial and phage ecology and the roles of microbes in their natural environments. The polymicrobial interactions of microbes in biofilms and other systems of ecological and evolutionary significance will be covered. EES includes roles of microbes in carbon & energy flux and nutrient cycling in marine, aquatic and terrestrial environments. Advances in ‘omics and modeling approaches to study ecosystem function, ecological and evolutionary processes will be covered. Climate change affects microbial communities and is in turn affected by activities of microbes in diverse environments. Our rapidly advancing knowledge of the complexity, immense diversity, and important roles of natural microbial communities will be highlighted in many of the exciting EES sessions.

EES01 Biofilms in ecological & evolutionary science
EES02 Biogeochemical processes in the environment
EES03 Climate change and microbes
EES04 Comparative & evolutionary genomics
EES05 Ecology and evolution of viruses & phage
EES06 Geomicrobiology
EES07 Modeling ecological & evolutionary practices
EES08 ‘omics to study ecosystem function
EES09 Patterns, mechanisms & experimental approaches in molecular evolution
EES10 Polymicrobial interactions of ecological or evolutionary significance
EES11 Systems biology
EES12 Unusual microbes & extreme environments

Host-Microbe Biology

Track Leader: Victor DiRita, PhD, Michigan State Univ. 

This year at Microbe, the breadth of Host-Microbe Biology (HMB) is represented in its full glory. We are featuring a couple of really interesting morning colloquia, one on the enormous scale of knowledge that comes from studying phages, and another on conflict and resolution in evolution. Our afternoons will include symposia on the biogeography of host-microbe interactions, how bacterial pathogenicity islands contribute to their pathogenicity, and the mechanisms by which antibiotic resistant pathogens colonize the gut. Sessions around how organoids are being used to study host-microbe biology, and on bacterial warfare within the host will cover cutting edge biology in our field.  We have outstanding speakers reflecting the diversity of research and researchers in our fields. To name a few, these include Denise Monack, Mary Kay Estes, Renee Tsolis, Kristin Parent (recipient of the ASM 2017 Young Investigator Award), Harald Brüssow, Paul Turner, Karen Maxwell, Fidelma Boyd, Jay Solnick, Vince Young and others. Our afternoon symposia will also highlight excellent young investigators whose work - selected from abstract submissions - is the foundation for the future of our field. Hundreds of posters over three days will cover the range of host-microbe biology, from how the microbiome influences health and disease, to virulence regulatory mechanisms, toxins and other secreted factors, animal models of disease, and symbioses between microbes and higher organisms. Track Hubs - an exciting new feature of our program this year- will present highly interactive sessions updating attendees about an important NIAID program to assign function to unknown genes in pathogens, cutting edge approaches such as ChIP Seq, single cell methods.  We will also have a unique ‘hot papers’ journal club as one of our Track Hubs.

HMB01 Animal infections
HMB02 Climate response in microbial symbionts
HMB03 Genetic & physiological adaptation to the host
HMB04 Host response to microbes
HMB05 Host-Microbe interactions
HMB06 Invasion & survival in host cells
HMB07 Manipulations of host functions by microbes
HMB08 Microbe-Plant interactions
HMB09 Microbial symbioses with invertebrate hosts
HMB10 Microbiome-Host interactions
HMB11 Phage-Host interactions
HMB12 Polymicrobial infections
HMB13 Sepsis & inflammation
HMB14 Surface structures of pathogenic microbes
HMB15 Toxins & secreted factors
HMB16 Virulence regulatory mechanisms
HMB17 Virus-Host interactions

Molecular Biology and Physiology

Track Leader: Kumaran Ramamurthi, PhD, NIH

The Molecular Biology and Physiology (MBP) Track is a broad track that covers the full spectrum of molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie microbiological phenomena. Included in MBP are signaling mechanisms that bacteria use to detect changes in their environment and how cells regulate transcription to respond to these changes; mechanisms of how bacteria and viruses assemble large structures; how genetic material is transferred and inherited; structural and enzymatic studies of how specific proteins function; cell and developmental biology of microbes; how phages interact with microbes and propagate; and newly developed computational and experimental tools to help researchers investigate these processes. The shared emphasis in the various MBP subtracks is to achieve a detailed mechanistic understanding of microbial life at the cellular and molecular level.

MBP01 Assembly & structure of complexes
MBP02 Computational genomics, databases & modeling
MBP03 Enzyme mechanisms
MBP04 Eucaryotic Cell Biology
MBP05 Gene regulatory mechanisms
MBP06 Genome dynamics
MBP07 Growth & development of microbial cells
MBP08 Mechanisms of horizontal gene transfer
MBP09 Metabolic networks and microbial physiology 
MBP10 Mobile genetic elements
MBP11 Molecular biology & physiology of biofilms
MBP12 Motility mechanisms
MBP13 New genetic & genomic tools
MBP14 Phage biology & genomics
MBP15 Protein secretion & surface localization
MBP16 Replication/repair/recombination
MBP17 Stress & stimulus response mechanisms
MBP18 Structural biology 
MBP19 Virus assembly mechanisms

Profession of Microbiology

Track Leader: Jennifer Gardy, PhD, BC Ctr. for Disease Control

“Profession Of Microbiology (POM) is everybody’s track – no matter what area of microbiology you work in and what stage in your career you’re at, the topics we cover in POM are things you can use right away in your own practice, from improving your communication and teaching skills to getting out there and being an advocate for the microbial sciences! We’ve got in-depth workshops on everything from taking your first steps in bioinformatics to getting out in the community and leading outreach activities, and our short POM Professional Development Zone sessions throughout the meeting look at topics from social media to telling your science as a story for attendees who want a quick hit of inspiration and learning. POM symposia cover hot topics in education, from the latest in teaching resources to increasing diversity in higher education, in career development, in mentoring and advocacy, and in other aspects of microbiology, from the history of our profession through to current funding opportunities. We’ve also got some fun early evening programming planned to get attendees networking and sharing their science!”

POM01 Biosafety, biosecurity & biodefense (excluding diagnostic public health microbiology)
POM02 Broadening participation in science
POM03 Business & management of science
POM04 Career & professional planning, preparation & advancement
POM05 Enhancing laboratory & research experiences
POM06 History of microbiology
POM07 Innovative teaching, curriculum & course design
POM08 K-12 science education & outreach
POM09 Microbiology research advancement
POM10 Public outreach & informal science education
POM11 Research integrity & responsible conduct
POM12 Science communication & social media