Dates: May 19, 20 & 21, 2011
Location: Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center — Galveston Island
Seven Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554
In the 25 years that have passed since the 1st International Workshop on Aeromonas and Plesiomonas was held on September 5-6, 1986 in Manchester, England, the scientific community has seen the genus Aeromonas significantly increase in the number of species designated (from 2 to over twenty) and evolve from causing significant fish disease (Aeromonas salmonicida) and occasional cases of opportunistic human infections (Aeromonas hydrophila) to the status of a major "emerging" pathogen among humans. It is now strongly established as a cause of a number of different disease scenarios, ranging from HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome) to necrotizing fasciitis to leech therapy-associated septicemia. Additionally the evidence for Aeromonas species as a plausible cause of diarrhea, especially among pediatric and geriatric populations, has been steadily mounting. Aeromonas was noted as one of the more common pathogens isolated among victims of both the 2004 Thailand tsunami and the 2005 Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. We have also seen the publication of the complete genomes of the type strain of Aeromonas hydrophila and a fish isolate of Aeromonas salmonicida, and the elucidation of any number of significant virulence-related factors among the different species.
As we approach the 10th International Symposium on Aeromonas in May 2011 at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, it is expected that a wealth of new information on a variety of topics will be presented to an ever larger number of "aeromonaphiles" from around the world.
For more information, please contact:
The McLaughlin Endowment
University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555-1070
Fax: (409) 747-6869