ASM Communications

ASM Communications

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 12:45

ASM's Spending Review

Over the past several months, the ASM leadership has been conducting a strategic spending review, driven by the necessity to achieve a 2018 breakeven budget, after several years of substantial deficits, which cannot be sustained. As part of this effort, starting in 2018, ASM will be formally discontinuing the ASM small conferences program. We have seen abstract submissions, attendance, and conference proposals trending down significantly across our portfolio, and consequently the program has been operating at a consistent loss.

The American Academy of Microbiology has released a new report on point-of-care (POC) and near-patient testing and changing diagnostic paradigms in microbiology. Technology for diagnosing infectious diseases in patients is rapidly advancing, and new diagnostic tests have the potential to meaningfully improve patient care.

Scientists have discovered a dietary strategy that may address obesity by reducing endotoxemia, a major contributor to chronic, low-grade inflammation (CLGI). The researchers uncovered an interaction between dietary capsaicin (CAP), the major pungent component in red chili, and gut microbiota. This novel mechanism for the anti-obesity effect of CAP acts through prevention of microbial dysbiosis and the subsequent gut barrier dysfunction that can lead to CLGI. The research is published May 23rd in mBio, an open access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

The American Society for Microbiology has announced winners for their 3rd annual Agar Art contest

A team of investigators from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Guelph, Ontario, has discovered a gene that confers resistance to the important broad-spectrum antibiotic, fosfomycin. The researchers found the gene in isolates of the pathogen, Salmonella enterica, from broiler chickens. The research is published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. 

Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists used genome sequencing to discover that an otherwise rare strain of a superbug was found in more than one-third of the Houston patients studied. 

Next-generation sequencing techniques are quickly moving into the clinical microbiology lab. ASM provides a number of resources to help you learn best practices for their application and interpretation for infectious disease diagnoses.

A team of researchers from the United Kingdom has developed a novel method for assessing human/pathogen interactions in the natural environment, using citizen scientists wearing boot socks over their shoes during walks in the countryside.

At the University of Maryland, Baltimore, researchers are using a practical method, bacterial enzymatic combinatorial chemistry (BECC), to generate functionally diverse molecules that can potentially be used as adjuvants.

A study published this week in mBio demonstrates that a novel technique can be used to build better vaccines for infectious diseases. The study shows that a practical method, bacterial enzymatic combinatorial chemistry (BECC), can be used to generate functionally diverse molecules that can potentially be used as adjuvants

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