Australian Society for Antimicrobials
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Welcome to the web site of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials.

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.
On this site you can access the Society's Objectives, Constitution and the Committee Members.
The Society's Membership Subscription Form and details of the Annual Scientific Meeting can be downloaded.
Members of the Society can download current and previous newsletters, as well as abstracts from previous annual scientific meetings, in the Members Area.
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 2015

26 - 28 February 2015

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

www.antimicrobials2015.com



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  • Antimicrobials 2015
  • Therapeutic Options for Resistant Gram Positive Organisms
  • Meeting Calendar



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10 Dec 2014
Antimicrobials 2015: Programme Update
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 28 February 2015
Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre
 
During Antimicrobials 2015 five keynote lectures have been arranged including:
 
Keynote Lecture 1
All E. coli are Equal, but some more Equal than Others: The Success of ST131 in Health Care Settings
Jan Kluytmans, University Medical Center in Utrecht, The Netherlands
 
Keynote Lecture 2
The Digital Miasma: Cloud-based Monitoring of Emerging Infections in the 21st Century
David Persing, Cepheid Holding, USA
 
Keynote Lecture 3
The Impact of Rapid Diagnostics and its Impact on Antibiotic Stewardship
Christine Ginocchio, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, New York, USA
 
Keynote Lecture 4
Impact of (improved) Diagnostics on the Treatment of Invasive Candidiasis
Neil Clancy, University of Pittsburgh, USA
 
Keynote Lecture 5
Evolving Gram-negative Resistance in Thailand and Implications for Future Patient Care
Pattarachai Kiraitsin, Sirriraj Hospital Medical Facility, Thailand
 
 
Online registration: www.antimicrobials2015.com
 
Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday 12 December 2014
Abstracts must be submitted online at www.antimicrobials2015.com
 
2 Dec 2014
Antimicrobials 2015: Programme Update
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 28 February 2015
Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre
 
Keynote Lecture
 
The Impact of Rapid Diagnostics and its Impact on Antibiotic Stewardship
Professor Christine Ginocchio
 
Dr Ginocchio is the Professor of Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, New York. She has over 85 publications in many areas of antimicrobials, microbiology , molecular and virology . In 2013 Christine won the BD award for research in clinical microbiology and is a past president for the PAN American Society for Virology.  Christine recently became the VP of bioMerieux Global Microbiology Affairs.
 
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials would like to thank bioMerieux Australia for brining Dr Ginocchio to Australia. During the meeting Dr Ginnocchio will also be participating in the bioMerieux Industry breakfast session
 
Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday 12 December 2014
Abstracts must be submitted online at www.antimicrobials2015.com
 
Early Bird Registration Deadline
Friday 2 January 2015
 
For further information: www.antimicrobials2015.com
 
23 Nov 2014
Antimicrobials 2015: Programme Update
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 28 February 2015
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
 
Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday 12th December 2014
Information on abstract submission: www.antimicrobials2015.com
 
ASA Travel Awards
ASA has made funds available for travel awards to assist Members wanting to attend the Society's annual scientific meeting. Awards are made to ASA financial members presenting a proffered paper (oral or poster) at the meeting.  Applicants must have current ASA membership and must have been ASA members for at least the last 12 months.   Recipients of an Award are required to write a report on the meeting for the ASA Newsletter.  
 
The awards consists of a return economy airfare, accommodation and conference registration up to the value of AUD2,000. 
 ASA members who wish to apply for this award are invited to submit their application to the ASA Secretary Despina Kotsanas at info@asainc.net.au before Friday 12th December 2014.  The application should 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 
 
Programme Update
 
EUCAST Workshop
 
Speakers
  • Gunnar Kahlmeter, Central Hospital, Sweden
  • Erika Matuschek, Central Hospital, Sweden
  • John Turnidge, Australian Society for Antimicrobials
Topics
  • EUCAST from the Ground Up
  • CLSI vs EUCAST
  • Wild-type Distributions and ECOFFs
  • EUCAST Disc Susceptibility Testing
  • Decision made to Switch to EUCAST: How to Implement EUCAST in your Laboratory
17 Nov 2014
CDI Volume 38 Number 3 September 2014
 
Annual Report
 
Australian Enterococcal Sepsis Outcome Progamme, 2011
Geoffrey W Coombs, Julie C Pearson, Denise A Daley, Tam Le, James O Robinson, Thomas Gottlieb, Benjamin P Howden, Paul DR Johnson, Catherine M Bennett, Timothy P Stinear, John D Turnidge for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
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17 Nov 2014
Antimicrobials 2015: Programme Update
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 28 February 2015
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
 
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials is pleased to announce Professor Jan Kluytmans will be presenting the following keynote lecture during Antimicrobials 2015
 
Keynote Lecture 1
All E. coli are Equal, but some more Equal than Others: The success of ST131 in Health Care Settings
 
Online Registration and Accommodation Reservations: www.antimicrobials2015.com
 
Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline: Friday 12th December 2014
Early bird registration deadline: Friday 2nd January 2015
 
26 Oct 2014
Antimicrobials 2015: Programme Update
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 27 February 2015
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
 
Programme Update: Keynote Lecture
 
The Digital Miasma: Cloud-based Monitoring of Emerging Infections in the 21st Century
David Persing
 
 
Dr. Persing is the Cepheid Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Technology Officer and Consulting Professor at Stanford University. From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Persing was Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Corixa Corporation, a Seattle-based biotechnology company. Prior to that he was a member of the Clinical and Research Faculty in the Department Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he developed several extramurally funded infectious disease research programs. From 1992 to 1999 he established and directed the Mayo Molecular Microbiology Laboratory which was one of the first reference laboratories to offer cutting-edge molecular diagnostic testing on a worldwide basis. He has authored over 270 peer-reviewed articles including frequently cited papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, and PNAS. He served as Editor in Chief for four leading textbooks on Molecular Diagnostics, the most recent of which was released in January 2011. Dr. Persing received his MD and PhD (Genetics) degrees from the University of California, San Francisco in 1988 and completed his residency training in Clinical Pathology at the Yale School of Medicine in 1990.
 
Important Dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 12th December 2014
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday 2nd January 2015
 
30 Jul 2014
Antimicrobials 2015 Meeting Registration Website Open
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 28 February 2015
Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre
 
 
On behalf of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials I would like to invite you to the Society’s 16th Annual Scientific Meeting “Antimicrobials 2015” to be held at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, Brisbane, on Thursday 26th - Saturday 28nd February 2015.
 
I am pleased to announce Sara Cosgrove, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA; Jan Kluytmans, Erasmus Medical University, The Netherlands; Sally Roberts, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand; and Gunnar Kahlmeter, Central Hospital, Sweden will be participating at the meeting.  Sara will be presenting the plenary “Multiple Prongs of Stewardship: Less is More – Debunking Stewardship Myths”, while Jan and Sally will be presenting “Resistance Links to Animals" and “Improving Care: Infection Prevention and Patient Safety” respectively. In addition to presenting the plenary “EUCAST and Beyond”, Gunnar with Erika Matusckek will be presenting two EUCAST workshops on susceptibility testing.  
 
The 2015 Howard Florey Oration will be delivered by Benjamin Howden from Melbourne University, Victoria.  Ben will be presenting the talk “Vancomycin and Staphylococcus aureus – A Complex Relationship”
 
 The programme’s symposia cover many different aspects on antimicrobials and sessions include “Alternative Perspectives on Antimicrobial Use”, “Carbapenemases”, “What to Report and How to Treat”, “Enterococci" and "SMART Platforms”.   In addition we have two pharmacy symposia on Saturday afternoon titled “The Bugs and Treatment” and "Antimicrobial Stewardship". 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 Brisbane.
 
Important Dates
 
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 12th December 2014
 
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday 2nd January 2015
 
 
 
Thomas Gottlieb
President ASA