Program Chair
Karl Klose, Chair, University of Texas San Antonio

Program Co-Chair
Karla Satchell, Co-Chair, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Preliminary Program

The meeting is composed of a kickoff keynote session, followed by five sessions:


John Mekalanos (Harvard Medical School)

Session I: Vibrio physiology

This session will focus on the physiology of the Vibrios: flagellar synthesis, outer membrane structures, biochemical processes, capsule/pili synthesis, quorum sensing, etc.

Keynote Speakers:   
Grant Jensen (Caltech University)
Amanda Lewis (Washington University)
Michio Homma (Nagoya University, Japan)
Kirsten Jung (Univ of Munich, Germany)

Session II: Vibrios in the Environment

This session will focus on behaviors of Vibrios in the environment, including biofilm formation, environmental dispersal, persister phenotype, “viable but non culturable” behavior, effect of environmental conditions/algal blooms on prevalence, etc. 

Keynote Speakers:
Fitnat Yildiz (University of California Santa Cruz)
Erin Lipp (University of Georgia)
Crystal Johnson (Louisiana State University)
Fabiano Thompson (Univ of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Session III: Vibrio Interactions with Aquatic Animals

This session will focus on the interactions of Vibrios primarily with Aquatic Animals, including Vibrio-squid interactions, Vibrio pathogens of oysters, shrimp, other shellfish, as well as Vibrio interactions with corals and protists.

Keynote speakers: 
Edward Ruby (University of Hawaii)
Carmen Amaro (University of Valencia, Spain)
Carlos Osorio (U Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Lone Gram (Technical University, Denmark)

Session IV: Vibrio Interactions with Humans

This session will focus on the interactions of Vibrios with humans, including V. cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus, V. vulnificus, as well as other less common Vibrio infections.

Keynote speakers:

G. Balakrish Nair (World Health Organization)
Matt Waldor (Harvard Medical School)
Kim Orth (Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical School)
Andy Camilli (Tufts University)

Session V: Omics and Regulation

This session will focus on cutting-edge technologies used to dissect Vibrio behaviors, including high throughput sequencing, ChIP Seq, RNAseq, proteomics, and metabolomics, as well as studies on regulatory mechanisms that control Vibrio behaviors.

Keynote speakers: 
Martin Polz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Henryk Urbanczyk (University of Miyazaki, Japan)
Bryan Davies (University of Texas, Austin) 
Yan Boucher (Univ of Alberta, Canada)

The keynote speakers will choose shorter talks from submitted abstracts that fit the theme of the session.