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Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting

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Final proceedings rept. 3 Feb-5 Feb 2003

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The first Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting was held on February 3-5, 2003 at Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, Virginia One hundred and forty-five 145 principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students from institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina and Louisiana participated in the meeting Fifty-five 55 student travel awards of 350 each were made to all of the students and postdoctoral fellows who made oral or poster presentations at the meeting and a portion of the student travel awards were funded by the award from the USAMRMC. Funding from the USAMRMC was also used to support a portion of the travel expenses of the four keynote speakers who participated in the meeting as well as portion of the costs for printing and mailing of announcements and programs for the meeting Presentations at the meeting covered a wide range of topics in microbial pathogenesis. With regard to the USAMRMC mission, presentation topics included the virulence mechanisms employed by Bacillus anthracis and Brucella abortus, two agents that represent potential biowarfare threats, and members of USAMRMC-fiinded research groups were prominent participants in the meeting. The success of the meeting certainly met, and indeed, exceeded the hopes and expectations of the organizing committee in terms of the quality of the presentations and the extent of the participation by students and postdoctoral fellows. A meeting report is being prepared for submission to the Journal of Bacteriology Probably the best measure of the success of the meeting and the overall enthusiasm of the participants, however, is the fact that preparations are already being made for a second Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting to be held in early February of 2004 at Wintergreen Resort.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Microbiology

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