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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Volume 4 | Issue 1

Melioidosis Manipal IndiaExperts gathered for the first South Asian Melioidosis Congress in Manipal, India. (Update #3)

1. ASM Welcomes 33 New Country Ambassadors!
In late November, ASM appointed a new cohort of 33 Country Ambassadors, expanding the network to 83 countries across the globe. This cohort includes nine countries that have never previously had Country Ambassador representation: Afghanistan, Botswana, Liberia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Palestine, and St. Kitts and Nevis. The ASM Country Ambassador Program reflects the breadth and depth of ASM’s global network, advancing collaboration and knowledge sharing for all members. To see the full list of ASM Country Ambassadors, click here. For more information, please contact Kirsten Bartlett (

2. Cultures Congratulates New Board Members
Cultures is pleased to welcome five new members to its Advisory Board: Amir Seyedmousavi (Iran), Antonella Amore (Italy), Timothy Phihlela (South Africa), Paul Cheddie (Guyana), and Rikka Ihalin (Finland). This impressive group brings a wide variety of expertise and perspectives to the table, and we look forward to their many contributions as Cultures moves forward into its third volume in 2016.

3. ASM Supports First Melioidosis Congress in India
ASM helped build a network of melioidosis experts by supporting the first South Asian Melioidosis Congress in Manipal, India this November. Melioidosis, an often fatal disease caused by the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, is endemic in Southeast Asia and northern Australia, and has recently been identified in sporadic South Asian outbreaks. The Congress brought together a group of international experts to improve capacity for melioidosis diagnostics, management, surveillance, and control in South Asia. ASM and the host of the Congress, Manipal University, collaborated to bring a Thai tropical disease expert to Manipal. In addition to leading a Congress session on melioidosis treatment, the expert held a seminar at the ASM-Manipal Centre for Virus Research BioResource Center (BRC), which was attended by 61 local scientists. The seminar focused on safe and secure operations of BSL-3 facilities and placed the ASM BRC in the international spotlight. To learn more, please contact Janelle Winters (

4. ASM Participates in “Your Health and Knowledge Our Concern” Showcase
Under the guidance of ASM’s Country Ambassador to Rwanda, Lawrence Osuwat and the ASM BioResource Center Mount Kenya University- Kigali, Medical Lab Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy students volunteered at an ASM booth at the “Your Health and Knowledge, Our Concern” open showcase event at Mount Kenya University- Kigali. The event drew over 300 attendees from local universities, secondary schools, and the public. In addition to distributing ASM promotional materials, the students created awareness of infectious and non-communicable diseases and offered free testing for malaria, random blood sugar, blood grouping, and hemoglobin levels. The lab students carried out and explained relevant tests for various microorganisms, the nursing students provided information about care for patients with infections that pose risk to communities, and the pharmacy students discussed treatment, with a focus on resistance to antibiotics. The event was part of a larger blood donation drive to raise awareness on the importance of blood transfusion in saving lives and improving the health of people. For more information, please contact Kirsten Bartlett (

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