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Gram-Negative Resistance (D1)


Organizer(s) Robert E.W. Hancock and Eric D. Brown
March 29—April 2, 2015
Granlibakken Tahoe • Tahoe City, CA USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Dec 1, 2014
Abstract Deadline: Jan 6, 2015
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 1, 2014
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 27, 2015

Sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc. and Sarepta Therapeutics

Summary of Meeting:
SIGNIFICANCE: The antibiotic era, stemming from the deployment of penicillin, introduced arguably the most successful medicines of all time, impacting dramatically on life expectancy by decreasing childhood and adult deaths from infections, and enabling complex surgeries, transplantations and cancer chemotherapy. However the therapy of infectious diseases is now under severe threat. There has been an explosion of resistance to antibiotics, whereby our entire arsenal of antibiotics is gradually losing effectiveness. This is particularly acute for Gram negative bacteria since there are few new antibiotics or strategies in the development pipeline. In this meeting we will address the major issues and potential solutions to this crisis. INNOVATION: The issues associated with gram-negative resistance, and the design of effective therapeutics, are different and more complicated than those associated with the other major division of bacteria (gram positives). Consistent with the most recent antibiotics are active against the latter class leaving academic and company researchers and physicians to wonder where the next generation of treatments will come from. For this reason, it is essential that these issues are discussed as a distinct problem that has the potential to unravel human medical successes. Here, we will bring together diverse researchers from disciplines ranging from discovery research to drug development and clinical treatment to discuss strategies for addressing this critical issue and proposing routes for innovative solutions.

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Scholarships/Awards


National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Scholarship Recipients


Abigail T. Ntreh
University of Oklahoma, USA

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Scholarship Recipients


Jens Bongard
University of Duisburg-Essen, Center for Medical Biotechnology, Germany

Jonathan M. Stokes
McMaster University, Canada

The Barrie Hesp Scholarship on behalf of Ashley Rebecca Cukier Scholarship Recipients


Valerie Defraine
KU Leuven, Belgium