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Since becoming an Incorporated Society in March 1999, ASA membership now covers a diverse background of professions interested in the study of antimicrobials including clinical microbiologists and infectious diseases physicians, respiratory and ICU physicians, medical and non-medical microbiologists and scientists, pharmacists, veterinarians, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and industry representatives from pharmaceutical and diagnostic/research biomedical companies.
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The Society's Membership Subscription Form and details of the Annual Scientific Meeting can be downloaded.
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Although ASA's membership is primarily based in Australia and New Zealand, it now extends to Asia, North America, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Antimicrobials 2016

25 - 27 February 2016

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

www.antimicrobials2016.com



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7 Feb 2016
Antimicrobials 2016: MSD Friday Lunch Symposium
Antimicrobials 2016
25 - 27 February 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
During Antimicrobials 2016 MSD have organised the following lunch session on Friday 26 February 2016: 
 
Title:          Management and treatment of C-difficile infection in the immunocompromised host
Presenter:  Oliver Cornely, CECAD - Cluster of Excellence in Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases, Cologne, Germany
Time:         1300 - 1430
Venue:       Clarendon Auditorium, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Cost:          Included in the full delegate registration fee.
 
Oliver Cornely was recently named Professor of Translational Research in the Cluster of Excellence in Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD) at the University of Cologne. He is also Professor of Internal Medicine and Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Department I of Internal Medicine, at the Uniklinik Köln, Cologne, Germany. 
 
Dr. Cornely received his medical degree from the University Hospital at Albertus Magnus University, Cologne, in 1994, where he also completed his residency. He then became an intern at the St. Katharinen Hospital, Frechen, Germany. He is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, haematology, oncology, and emergency medicine.
 
Originating from an HIV/AIDS clinical research group, Dr Cornely’s research interests include invasive fungal diseases in haematology/oncology and in the ICU setting, and multi-resistant organisms including Clostridium difficile. 
 
Dr Cornely is acting President of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM), and past-President of the German-speaking Mycological Society. He currently serves on the Program Committee of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), and was recently appointed member of the Standards and Practice Guidelines Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is a reviewer for numerous medical scientific journals, editorial board member for HaematologicaInfectious Disease and Clinical Investigation, and Editor-in-Chief of Mycoses.
 
Antimicrobials 2016 Online Registration: www.antimicrobials2016.com
 
4 Feb 2016
Antimicrobials 2016: Cepheid Breakfast Symposium
Antimicrobials2016
25 - 27 February 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
During Antimicrobials 2016 Cepheid have organised the following breakfast session on Saturday 27 February 2016: 
 
Title: Optimising Patient Care: Experiences with the GeneXpert!             
Presenters: Dr Darren Jardine, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Australia
                   Dr Amy Crowe, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Australia
                   Katherine Ryan, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia
                   Julie Creighton, Canterbury Health Laboratories, New Zealand
Time: 0700 - 0845
Venue: Clarendon Rooms A/B, Level 5, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Cost: Included in the full delegate registration fee.
 
The Cepheid Breakfast Symposium will consist of four presentations:
"Integrating GeneXpert into a microbiology laboratory" - presented by Dr Darren Jardine
Title TBC - presented by Dr Amy Crowe
"The ripple effect of rapid and direct detection of VRE in a hospital setting" - presented by Katherine Ryan
"Hospital Beware: the patient who has travelled!" - presented by Julie Creighton
 
As seating numbers are limited delegates registered for Antimicrobials 2016 will need to register to attend the industry breakfast symposia. Registration intructions will be e-mailed to all delegates prior to the meeting.
 
4 Feb 2016
Antimicrobials 2016: Illumina Lunch Symposium
Antimicrobials 2016
25 - 27 February 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
During Antimicrobials 2016 Illumina have organised the following lunch session on Saturday 27 February 2016: 
 
Title: Resolving resistance from sequence data: SRST2, ISMapper and Bandage
 
Presenters: Jane Hawkey, Bio21 Molecular Science & Biotechnology Institute, The University of Melbourne, Australia 
                  Ryan Wick, Bio21 Molecular Science & Biotechnology Institute, The University of Melbourne, Australia
 
Time: 1230 - 1315
 
Venue: Clarendon Auditorium, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
 
Cost: Included in the full delegate registration fee.

Ryan Wick is a research assistant in Dr Kathryn Holt's lab at the University of Melbourne's Centre for Systems Genomics. He is the developer of Bandage, a software tool for viewing genome assembly graphs which won a national iAward in 2015. He currently studies the genomes of bacterial pathogens with a particular interest in improving de novo genome assembly.
 
Antimicrobials 2016 Online Registration: www.antimicrobials2016.com
 
28 Jan 2016
Antimicrobials 2016 BD Breakfast Symposium
Antimicrobials 2016
25 - 27 February 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
During Antimicrobials 2016 BD have organised the following breakfast session on Friday 26 February 2016: 
 
Title: Automating the Microbiology Laboratory - Experiences and Learnings from Liverpool Hospital
Presenter: Dr Michael Maley, Liverpool Hospital, Australia
Time: 0700 - 0845
Venue: Clarendon Rooms A/B, Level 5, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Cost: Included in the full delegate registration fee.
 
As seating numbers are limited delegates registered for Antimicrobials 2016 will need to register to attend the industry breakfast symposia. Registration intructions will be e-mailed to all delegates prior to the meeting.
 
10 Jan 2016
Antimicrobials 2016: ASA Travel Awards
On behalf of the ASA Committee I would like to congratulate the following ASA members for being awarded an ASA travel grant to attend Antimicrobials 2016:
 
Resolving the enigma of methicillin-resistance transfer in Staphylococcus aureus
J. Ramsay, Curtin University 

Zoonotic transmission of the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST612-IV equine strain
E. Raby, Fiona Stanley Hospital

The vancomycin LECOFF and vanB subtypes of E. faecium isolated in Australia
T. Lee, Murdoch University
 
Each awarded has been provided with a complementary ASA registration, return economy airfares and a three day per diem
 
21 Dec 2015
Antimicrobials 2016 bioMerieux Breakfast Symposium
Antimicrobials 2016
25 - 27 February 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
During Antimicrobials 2016 bioMerieux Australia have organised the following breakfast session on Thursday 25 February 2016: 
 
ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE - 1 WORLD,  1 FIGHT !!
Alex van Belkum
 
In this talk Alex will cover the lack of new antibiotics, the misuse of antibiotics and the spread fuelled by growing human and animal populations. He will also look at look at the world HAI resistance forum and the 2015 findings PLUS  the fight against AMR covering tools for diagnosis, , the future of AST and next gen sequencing and infection and prevention control
 
 
Professor Alex van BELKUM, PhDPhD graduated as a biologist at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands in 1983. In 1988 he completed a PhD examination in Biochemistry at the same University. In 1996 he succeeded in a second PhD examination, subject Molecular Microbiology, at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
 
Since 2011 Alex has worked for bioMérieux as R&D Director in the La Balme Microbiology Unit. In 2011 he became Corporate Vice President R&D Microbiology at bioMerieux (La Balme les Grottes, France). He there works within an international team of 130-150 researchers in the field of in vitro diagnostics in the field of primarily bacterial diseases.
 
Alex has (co)authored almost 500 PubMed-included manuscripts, over a hundred chapters in books and a variety of editorials, prefaces, letters etc which have been cited over 25.000 times. The H-factor for Alex van Belkum is currently about 80. Van Belkum is Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
 
NOTE: The breakfast is only available to registered Antimicrobials 2016 delegates
 
Online Registration: www.antimicrobials2016.com
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday 8th January 2016 
 
19 Dec 2015
Antimicrobials 2016 Update
Antimicrobials 2016
25 - 27 February 2016
Melbourne Convention Centre
 
 
Programme Update
 
In addition to the four plenary and five symposium sessions, during Antimicrobials 2016 a whole genome sequencing scientific session and two pharmacy sessions have been organised.
 
The Society received a record number of abstracts and has scheduled six oral proffered paper sessions and two poster sessions. 
 
Several industry symposia are also scheduled including three breakfast sessions and three lunch time sessions.  Information on the sessions will be circulated as it becomes available
 
 
Early Bird Registration
 
The early bird registration date is Friday 8th January 2016.  Registrations are performed online www.antimicrobials2016.com
 
To promote discussion and interaction between delegates and the invited speakers the meeting’s registration includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas and admission to the Howard Florey Reception and the Industry Reception  
 
7 Dec 2015
Antimicrobials 2016 Update
Antimicrobials 2016
25 - 27 February 2016
Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, Melbourne
 
 
PROGRAMME UPDATE
The ASA Scientific Organising Committee is pleased to announce Dr Alex van Belkum will be presenting the following plenary during Antimicrobials 2016:
 
Culturomics - Phenomics– Genomics–Resistomics: The Optimal Development Pipeline for Genome-Wide Antimicrobial Resistance Testing Methods?
 
Alex is the Corporate Vice President R&D Microbiology at bioMerieux (La Balme les Grottes, France). He there heads an international team of 130-150 researchers in the field of in vitro diagnostics in the field of primarily bacterial diseases.  Overall, Alex has (co)authored over 440 PubMed-included manuscripts, over a hundred chapters in books and a variety of editorials, prefaces, letters etc which have been cited well over 18.000 times. The H-factor for Alex van Belkum is currently 68. Alex is Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
 
The Society takes this opportunity to thank bioMerieux Australia for arranging Alex's participation at the meeting. 
 
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
 
Abstracts must be submitted on-line (www. antimicrobials2016.com) by Friday 11th December 2015. Hardcopy submissions will not be accepted. The abstract word limit is 350 words, not including abstract title, authors or institute. One table or figure permitted. Please nominate your presentation preference (oral or poster). Please note oral presentations cannot be guaranteed. Presentation format will be decided by the ASA Committee. Accepted abstracts will be eligible for early bird registration.
 
ASA TRAVEL AWARDS
 
Travel Awards are available to ASA financial members presenting a proffered paper (oral or poster). Applicants must have been a financial ASA member for at least the previous 12 months. The awards consist of a return economy airfare, accommodation and registration. Applications must be forwarded to the ASA Secretary, Despina Kotsanas (info@asainc.net.au) before Friday 11th December 2015. The application must include a copy of the abstract and for abstracts with more than one author a letter stating the relative contribution of the applicant towards the research. Recipients of an Award are required to write a report on the meeting for the ASA Newsletter.
 
22 Aug 2015
Antimicrobials 2016
Antimicrobials 2016
25 - 27 February 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
On behalf of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials I would like to invite you to the Society’s 17th Annual Scientific Meeting “Antimicrobials 2016” to be held at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, on Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th February 2016.
 
I am pleased to announce Robin Patel, Mayo Clinic, USA; Neil Woodford, Imperial College London, UK; and Chris Baggoley (Chief Medical Officer) and Mark Schipp (Chief Veterinary Officer) will be participating at the meeting. Robin will be presenting the plenary “Biofilm Associated Implant Infections”, and Neil will be presenting “Gram Negative Susceptibility/Resistance Epidemiology". Chris and Mark will be providing an update on the “Australian Response to the Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis” with particular reference to the recently released “The Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy“  (www.health.gov.au/amr)
 
The 2016 Howard Florey Oration will be delivered by Lyn Gilbert from the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, New South Wales. Lyn will be presenting the talk “Reflections on 50 Years of Antimicrobial Resistance – Will Science and Technology or Social Science win the Next 50 Years?” 
 
The programme’s symposia cover many different aspects on antimicrobials and sessions include “One Health”, “Resistant Epidemics - KPCs”, “ICU Related Infections: Does one Size Fit All?”, “Infective Endocarditis" and "Mycobacterium tuberculosis”. In addition we have two pharmacy symposia on Saturday afternoon titled “Monitoring Outcomes of Antimicrobial Therapy” and "Using Antimicrobials Better”. The scientific symposia it titled “Whole Genome Sequencing: Embracing New Technologies". Six proffered papers and two poster sessions are also planned for the meeting. 
 
To promote discussion and interaction between delegates and the invited speakers the meeting’s registration includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas and admission to the Howard Florey Reception and the Industry Reception. I am confident that you will find the meeting’s programme both scientifically stimulating and informative and we look forward to meeting you in “Melbourne. 
 
Thomas Gottlieb
President ASA
 
Important Dates
 
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 11th December 2015
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday 8th January 2016
 
22 Aug 2015
2015 ASA Foundation Members
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials wishes to acknowledge the following companies for becoming Foundation (Sustaining) Members of the Society
Gold Foundation (Sustaining) Members
 

 


 
Bronze Foundation (Sustaining) Members
 

 
 


 
 
 
 
7 Jun 2015
Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy
The Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy has been released by the Minister for Health and Sport and the Minister for Agriculture. A copy of the strategy is available at the following links:
 
 
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials is a member of the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (ASTAG) and has been heavily engaged in the development of this national strategy.