Opening Session: Who, What and Where in Microbial Relationships

The first session of the meeting to officially kick-off the scientific program of asm2015, the 115th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. 
Dr. Joye’s presentation will be posted in July.

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Life in the Extreme

This session will focus on organisms that live and thrive under extreme conditions, be it extreme temperature, pressure, nutrient limitation, or recalcitrant substrates. The biology and metabolism of these organisms are both unique and potentially useful. Speakers will include biochemists, microbial ecologists and geneticists who endeavor to understand the unusual metabolism and capabilities of these organisms in both natural and engineered systems, as well as speakers who engineer extreme microbes to make their important capabilities useful.

Dirty Hospitals, Infected Patients: The Role of Environment and Environmental Cleaning in Preventing Transmission of Pathogens in Healthcare

This session will provide an overview of the evidence behind environmental contamination and transmission of healthcare pathogens, including those with multidrug resistance. Attendees will understand the burden of these pathogens in hospital environment both in the context of a microbiome and the variation by surface. The attendee will appreciate the pitfalls in environmental sampling and integrate the role of cleaning assessment using both traditional culture methodology and newer non-culture based methods including ATP bioluminescence assays. The role of newer cleaning technologies, including hydrogen peroxide vapor and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation will also be discussed.

Zombie Microbes: Dormancy, Latency, and Persistence

Dormancy is a useful tool: inactivity enables survival since processes are more difficult to corrupt if they are not occurring. The best-known example of dormancy is the microbial spore, but non-sporulating microbial species are believed to have a non-growing state as well. While the nature of such a state remains essentially unknown, it is abundantly clear that microbial cells can enter some form of suspended animation. This allows them to survive a number of unfavorable conditions, from starvation in nature to antibiotic treatment in hospital, explaining the phenomenon of persistence. The process of shutting down the cell activities, entering and maintaining dormancy, and ultimately recognizing the right moment to resume activities are among the most fundamental aspects of microbial life. As is the phenomenon of viral latency, which we will connect with microbial inactivity and awakening. The session will review and synthesize the latest in the area of microbial dormancy, latency and persistence and should appeal to a very wide audience.