2013 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research meeting announced

The American Society for Microbiology, Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research recently announced that it will hold its 2013 meeting in Washington, D.C.

ASM is billing the meeting, which is scheduled to take place in late February 2013, as an opportunity for leading scientists, public health researchers and policy makers to learn about the latest advancements in biodefense and emerging diseases research.

"Through state-of-the-art presentations attendees will gain a greater appreciation of how various research projects are progressing, the latest threats, and the actions that will need to be taken in today's volatile climate," ASM said.

Last year's conference included, for the first time, a series of morning sessions that focused on international security and policy issues, including a panel discussion on recent experiments with H5N1 avian influenza and the implications for biosecurity policy in the United States. Plenary sessions included "Outbreaks, Response, and Hindsight," "Targeting Virulence Factors in Acute Infection" and "Immunity to Pulmonary Pathogens."

ASM has asked potential speakers to submit abstracts by December 3. All abstracts submitted to the society for consideration are to be reviewed by at least one member of a program committee. The committee will determine if the abstract merits inclusion in the program and, if accepted, will schedule the abstract in the appropriate session for the meeting.

The ASM website will accept early registration requests through its website beginning in December.

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