The ninth international conference on Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to study infectious disease, integrating the disciplines of molecular microbiology, eukaryotic cell biology, immunology, and genomics. Microbial diseases have once again taken an important central role in health care worldwide, due to the emergence of new pathogens and the re-ascent of common pathogens. The meeting will provide an in depth focus on the approaches that are being used to elucidate the mechanisms of bacterial and fungal pathogenesis, and promote the application of these concepts to novel strategies for the control and intervention of infectious diseases. Oral and poster sessions will focus on major themes of microbial pathogenesis and the host response, including: genetic approaches to pathogenesis;regulation of commensalism/pathogenesis;biofilms, quorum sensing and disease;host cell/pathogen interactions;perspectives on inflammation;antibiotics, chemical genetics and immune killing. The sessions will integrate studies on bacterial and fungal pathogens. The oral sessions will begin with 2-4 invited talks by established leaders in the field, followed by several shorter talks chosen from submitted abstracts. The inclusion of two poster sessions as well as the allotment of ample time for questions following each talk will encourage extensive discussion between the participants. The meeting will be small enough (300 - 400 scientists) to facilitate these interactions, yet large enough to allow for oral presentations not only from established investigators, but also from younger investigators and those with novel perspectives. The integration of a wide variety of aspects of bacterial and fungal pathogenesis with the host response to pathogens should promote new interdisciplinary interactions that are seldom achieved at other meetings on microbial pathogenesis that are either more narrowly focused or so diverse that the topics are difficult to integrate. The resulting interdisciplinary interactionswill yield novel experimental approaches that might not otherwise be possible.
Microbial infectious diseases have once again taken an important central role in health care worldwide, due to the emergence of new pathogens and the re-ascent of common pathogens. The proposed conference on Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response will focus on the latest approaches to study and treat these devastating diseases, integrating the disciplines of molecular microbiology, eukaryotic cell biology, immunology, and genome science. The integration of a wide variety of aspects of bacterial and fungal disease mechanisms together with an improved understanding of the host's response to these pathogens should promote new interdisciplinary interactions seldom achieved at other meetings on microbial pathogenesis. These interactions are anticipated to yield novel experimental approaches, paradigms, diagnostics and therapies.