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Duke/UNC-CH Team Up to Plan FASEB 2011 Summer Research Conference

Durham, N.C. (July 2011) – Plans are underway for the Microbial Pathogenesis: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease summer research conference to be held in Snowmass, CO in July 2011. Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke, and Peggy Cotter, PhD, of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will organize the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) conference as co-chair and chair, respectively. As with previous conferences, the 2011 FASEB Microbial Pathogenesis meeting will showcase the breadth and depth of the discipline with seminars from leading scientists in the field.

This long-standing meeting bridges all disciplines of microbial pathogenesis, including bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology, and immunology. Its value to the scientific community is unique and cross-disciplinary, stimulating integration of multiple approaches. Historically, this meeting has brought leading young investigators to the attention of the broader community and has promoted new directions, including development and application of heterologous host models, analysis of new and emerging pathogens, and novel appreciation of the diversity of host defenses.

As in past meetings, the organizers seek to actively involve leading journal editors from the field, including investigators who serve as editors and editorial board members and professional editors for Nature, Nature Reviews Microbiology, Cell Host & Microbe, PLoS Pathogens, Molecular Microbiology, mBio, Eukaryotic Cell, Infection & Immunity, the Journal of Bacteriology, and the Journal of Virology and Virulence. This forum effectively brings scientists and editors together to promote the dissemination of scientific advances and also provide insight into the editorial and publication process. In addition, several journals will sponsor poster awards that will be presented at the meeting to showcase exemplary science from students and fellows attending the conference. 

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Preparations for the conference are in progress and detailed information can be found on the FASEB web site under Microbial Pathogenesis 2011. For questions or further information about the meeting, please contact Peggy Cotter, PhD or Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD.