2011 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting set

The 2011 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting, hosted by the American Society for Microbiology, will bring together researchers working to fight bioterrorism and decision makers who shape the future of the biodefense research agenda.

The meeting will be at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. between February 6 and 9 and will address concerns that emerging infectious diseases will be a major factor in the public threat of bioterrorism.

Scientists, policy makers and public health researchers will come together to learn about the latest scientific developments during the meeting, which will include a series of keynote addresses by leaders in the field of biodefense. There will also be poster sessions that present the latest research on vaccines, biothreat agents, diagnostic and detection procedures, plant and animal pathogens, global surveillance and more.

There will be a featured lectured by D.A. Henderson of the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center titled "The Eradication of Smallpox: A Continuing Saga" on the first day of the conference.

Other sessions include "New Interventions and the Challenges of Emerging Infections," "Emerging Plant Diseases and Agricultural Biodefense," and "Medical Countermeasure Development in the U.S. Government."

The American Society of Microbiology has 40,000 members worldwide. Its mission is to gain a better understanding of the basic processes of life and to promote applying that knowledge to improved health and environmental and economic well-being.

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