Infectious Diseases Symposium 7 – 8 September at Queenstown, New Zealand
The biennial meeting was sponsored jointly by Queenstown Molecular Biology; Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases; School of Biomedical Sciences; Maurice Wilkins Centre; One Health Aotearoa; New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre; Ferrier; D4 Network and is being convened by Professor Greg Cook, University of Otago and Dr Nikki Moreland, University of Auckland.
Sessions covered were microbial pathogen genomes, infection and immunity, tuberculosis, drug discovery and novel therapeutics and vaccines, GAS and viral pathogenesis.
Confirmed speakers included:
Eng Eong Ooi, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
John Blanchard, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Michael Kelso, University of Wollongong, Australia
Suzanne Gebhard, University of Bath, UK
Elizabeth Hartland, Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
Nigel French, Massey University
Jacelyn Loh, University of Auckland
Deborah Williamson, Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
Htin-Lin-Aung, University of Otago
David Murdoch, University of Otago, Christchurch
Amy Chung, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne
Mike Taylor, University of Auckland
Gary Evans, Ferrier Research Institute
David Goldstone, University of Auckland
Matloob Husain, University of Otago
Rob Fagerlund, University of Otago
Premier Poster prizes were awarded to:
- Dr Tom Li, University of Auckland, for poster entitled "Are plants the answer to the global antibiotic resistance crisis?"
- Dr Bhamini Rangnekar, University of Otago, for poster entitled "A combination of dry powder formulation for treating latent and drug-resistant tuberculosis"
Poster prizes were awarded to:
- Dr Mel Knottenbelt, University of Otago, for poster entitled "Investigating the evolution of the antitubercular drug bedaquiline"
- Dr Ian Monk, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne, Australia for poster entitled "Phosphatase activity of the essential Histidine Kinase WalK in Staphylococcus aureus"
- Dr Peter Choi, University of Auckland, for 'most translatable poster' entitled "Synthetic studies towards the development of less lipophilic drug of bedaquiline" (sponsored by D4 Network, University of Otago)
This meeting was a great opportunity for those working in the field of microbiology and infectious diseases, pathogenomics, drug discovery and viral pathogenesis to present their research and facilitate collaborations. The official meeting website can be found at http://www.queenstownresearchweek.org/infectious-diseases/