This year I was fortunate enough to receive the Millis-Colwell award, which allowed me to present my work on the intracellular pathogen Coxiella burnetii at the 115th American Society for Microbiology General Meeting. This year the meeting was held in New Orleans, a city close to my heart. Despite the summer heat, New Orleans proved to be the perfect backdrop to an action packed conference. Having never attended an American Society for Microbiology meeting, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I heard it was going to be big, but it certainly exceeded my expectations! With five concurrent sessions, I was overwhelmed with choice. I would have looked utterly ridiculous running up and down the corridors of the conference center trying to catch presentations in different sessions if wasn’t for the fact that everyone else was doing exactly the same thing. I certainly needed the extra exercise to compensate for all the oysters, jambalaya and gumbo I was eating.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are pleased to extend an invitation to you to attend the 10th Asia-Pacific Congress of Medical Virology 2015 (APCMV 2015) in conjunction with 12th Taipei International Conference on HIV/AIDS, which will be held in Taipei International Convention Center, from October 15th (Thur.) to October 18th (Sun.), 2015!
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is supporting the memorandum of understanding entered into by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Australasian Sleep Association, to support pharmacist education in sleep health and sleep science.
The Hayes-Burnet award enabled me to experience work in a UK laboratory at the University of Birmingham. During my time in the laboratory, I developed new skills that I will be able to utilize back in Melbourne. Working in a different laboratory has broadened my horizons and I have learnt new ways to tackle laboratory problems. In addition, the guest laboratory was very friendly and accommodating. I hope that the working relationships that were set up during this trip will lead to a strong collaboration in the near future.
Following extensive consultation over the last few years, the Executive has finalised proposed changes to the ASM Constitution that articulate new organisational and operational structures of the Society. These new structures have been designed with the intention of improving membership engagement with Society activities at all levels and to provide a framework within which that can flourish. In advance of the AGM in Canberra in July the Executive would be keen to receive any feedback from members. Click below to view proposed changes.
Please note that the following draft is open for public comment:
Draft Number: AS 4276.23
Title: Water microbiology, Method 23: Soils, sediments, sludges, slurries and bio-solids - Procedures for sample preparation
Project Committee: FT-020 Water Microbiology
Public Comment Closing Date: 03/07/2015 23:59
Welcome to Andrew Cameron - The ASM's First Communication Ambassador
Health professions’ educators and managers are increasingly required to have skills in and understanding of leadership and management to work effectively in this rapidly changing field which involves working across professional, organisational and clinical boundaries. Based on their international experience, Professors Judy McKimm and Kirsty Forrest, experts in educational and clinical leadership and management, will facilitate a 2.5 day hands-on leadership program on 24-26 June 2015 at Macquarie University in Sydney. The course is designed specifically to meet the needs of educators and managers who are (or who aspire to be) involved in leading educational programs, activities, developments or projects. It combines theory and models with practical applications to practice and is suitable for people at all stages of their career.