Things have been quiet on mBiosphere lately. We've been busy updating from ASM Microbe, covering some of the fascinating research presented there. The first Microbe meeting, which combines the former general meeting and ICAAC, was a whirlwind of poster presentations, lectures, seminars, book signings, career-building and networking events, Wikipedia editing, microbial sing-a-longs, and, of course, research talks. Many of these events were cataloged on our Facebook page, but these posts don't encapsulate the depth and richness of scientific endeavors discussed over the course of five days.
The ASM Microbe Online sessions allow you to relive (or experience for the first time) the excellent talks given at the conference. Video and photography aren't allowed at Microbe, so these online sessions let you remember all the details presented, rather than rely on your notes or memory. The online sessions go on sale on June 28th. These provide audio and slides for the selected sessions purchased (attendees have a discount through the end of June 28th). While deciding which sessions would be most helpful for you, you can find an overview of some of the main research themes in the Dispatches from ASM Microbe series on the Microbial Sciences blog on the new ASM website. The research themes covered include:
ASM Microbe is the new conference that merges the former General Meeting with the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) to make one microbial sciences-packed meeting with something for everyone. Why institute one new meeting instead of maintaining two separate ones? Says David Hooper, Chair of the ASM Meetings Board, “This inaugural ASM Microbe meeting will, for the first time, integrate the full spectrum of the microbial sciences from basic science to translational and clinical applications, highlighting the broad transdisciplinary nature of microbiology and offering the newest information in the field.”
Welcome back to Dispatches from ASM Microbe! Today we’ll continue Microbe 2016 highlights of the microbiome, focusing on the non-human microbiome research being presented during the conference. As mentioned Friday, commencement of the National Microbiome Initiative was met with great excitement by ASM. We are excited not only to delve more deeply into the role of the human microbiome on health impacts, but also to learn more about the numerous microbial communities that exist apart from people. Some of these microbiomes impact us through interaction with our urban environments or agriculture, while others may appear to impact us less directly but still play important global and local roles.
We’ve had a whirlwind of amazing talks, poster sessions, and networking sessions so far at ASM Microbe 2016. In our previous two Dispatches from ASM Microbe, we’ve covered microbiomes, for which research ranges from extremely basic (Which microbes are present? How do we quantify them?) to clinical applications (What microbiome characteristics are associated with health? How do we engineer a particular microbiome function?). Similarly, today's focus on antimicrobial resistance has both extremely basic and widely applicable research arms represented at ASM Microbe.
Many (though not all) of the microbes that present challenges in antimicrobial treatment are microbial species that have caused disease for generations. The other end of the spectrum involves microbes that are new or changing and therefore effective therapies aren’t yet available. These will be covered as part of the final Special ASM Microbe Edition themed blog on emerging infectious viruses.
-- Julie Wolf
Photo credits: Public Microbe photo albums provided by ASM