Upcoming Programs
Local Programs:

September 30, 2013. One Health Forum and Public Dialogue

One Health is: “a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment” http://www.onehealthinitiative.com. The One Health Initiative promotes the idea that the health of people, animals and the environment are inextricably linked. While the concept is widely supported, operationalizing the concept in daily professional practice has been challenging. We want your help!

Speakers: The forum will feature a panel of physicians, veterinarians, microbiologists and environmental scientists. The panel members will present their perspectives on the One Health Initiative and then engage the audience in a discussion of the meaning of One Health, its inclusion in educational and training programs, incorporating the perspective into career paths, and how the One Health Initiative can be promoted generally.

Invited are undergraduates in pre-professional programs, graduate students in the biosciences, health professions students and post-graduate trainees, although all who are interested are invited. The event is free, a light supper will be provided, but you must register for the program at: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e850l5u32c48f8be

Location:Fuller Conference Center, 9th Floor, MCPHS University, 25 Foster Street,Worcester, MA 01608. Directions

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30pm

Sponsored by the Northeast Branch, American Society for Microbiology and the MCPHS University (formerly Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Click here for complete program information and registration form.

October 25-26, 2013. 48th Annual Region I Meeting of the Northeast, Eastern New York, Connecticut Valley, and New York City Branches of the American Society for Microbiology.

Location: University of Connecticut, Rome Ballroom. 2nd Floor Storrs, CT

Click here for program information.

November 4, 2013. The 2012 Fungal Infection Outbreak: Anatomy of the Outbreak Investigation

Speaker: Marion Kainer, MD, MPH, FRACP, FSHEA, Director, Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program, Tennessee Department of Health

Dr. Kainer was the first to recognize cases of fungal meningitis related to spinal injections using contaminated steroid medication and led the recent fungal meningitis outbreak investigation at the Tennessee Department of Health. Her timely recognition and effective action triggered an almost immediate recall of contaminated product and the national investigation of what turned out to be a large, multi-state outbreak. Dr. Kainer will provide the compelling first-hand story of the origins and course of this major national epidemic, its impact and the lessons learned.

Location: Embassy Suites Boston/.Waltham, 550 Winter St., Waltham, MA
Contacts: Irene George at (508) 785-0126 or Pat Kludt at 617-983-6832.

Click here for complete program information and registration form
or REGISTER ONLINE at: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=g8sdkygab&oeidk=a07e89b77t9462e64f8

December 6, 2013.  Molecular Micro Grand Slam! 
Workshop Featuring:  Basic Theory – Good Practices –Regulatory Review – Test Your Technique

The Molecular Micro Grand Slam is designed for laboratory professionals and students of laboratory science with little to no molecular experience who are looking to expand their knowledge and practical skills, using clinical microbiology as the focal point.

Full-day program (lectures & hands-on workshop limited to 24 people): $75 includes breakfast, break, and lunch. Morning lectures only (includes breakfast and break): $30 (students $15)

Location: Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA

Registration Deadline: November 30, 2013

Contact for assistance: Irene George at NEBranch-ASM@comcast.net

Click here for complete Workshop Information and Registration Form.

Contacts for other Local Programs: Irene George at NEBranch-ASM@comcast.net

National Meetings:

May 17-20, 2014.
114th ASM General Meeting, Boston, MA
See: http://gm.asm.org

For additional information on ASM Meetings and Conferences please contact: (Tel) 202-737-3600,

For national ASM meetings and conferences, see the website at www.asmusa.org. Meetings, American Society for Microbiology, 1752 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-737-3600.