Antimicrobials and StaphPath 2017

On behalf of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials (ASA), I would like to invite you to the Society’s 18th Annual Scientific Meeting “Antimicrobials 2017” and to the inaugural “StaphPath 2017” meeting to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre and the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide, on Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th February 2017.

“Antimicrobials 2017” and “StaphPath 2017” will share joint symposia on Saturday 25th February 2017. A discounted “StaphPath 2017” registration fee is available to Antimicrobials 2017 delegates. The ASA are pleased to offer Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) and Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) members, who are non-ASA members, the ASA members registration fee to attend “StaphPath 2017”.

Antimicrobials 2017 (Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th February 2017)

I am pleased to announce William Hope, The University of Liverpool, UK; Stefan Schwarz, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Germany; and Geraint Rogers, Flinders University, South Australia will be participating at the meeting. William will be presenting the plenary “PK/PD in Everyday Antimicrobial Treatment”, and Stefan will be presenting “One Health Aspects of Antimicrobial Resistance in Gram Negative Bacteria and Enterococci". Geraint’s plenary will be “Antimicrobial Resistance and the Human Genome”.

The 2017 Howard Florey Oration will be delivered by Tim Walsh, Cardiff University, Wales.

The program’s symposia cover many different aspects on antimicrobials and symposium sessions include “Mycology”, “The Cutting Edge: Resistance Detection and Management, “New Frontiers: The Human Resistome and Metagenomics”, “Enterococci”, “Staphylococcal Topics”, “Global MRSA Epidemiology” and “Antibiotic Resistance and Staphylococcal Mobile Genomic Elements”. In addition, we have two pharmacy symposia on Saturday afternoon titled “System wide Initiatives” and "From Theory to Bedside”. Six proffered papers and two poster sessions are also planned for the meeting.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Howard Florey, the “Antimicrobials 2017” registration fee will include a formal dinner at the Adelaide Town Hall.

StaphPath 2017 (Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th February 2017)

In addition to the “Staphylococcal Topics”, “Global MRSA Epidemiology” and “Antibiotic Resistance and Staphylococcal Mobile Genomic Elements” symposia “StaphPath 2017” will have four plenary sessions including “Staphylococcal Virulence: What does WGS tell us” (Ruth Massey, University of Bath, UK), “S. aureus and the Ecology of the Nasal Microbiome (Robert Skov, Statens Serum Institute, Denmark), “What’s new in Staphylococcal Pathogenesis” (Jodi Lindsay, St Georges’ University of London, UK), and “The Emergence of cfr in Human and Animal Staphylococci” (Stefan Schwarz). Three additional symposia are also scheduled including “ST93 and Beyond”, “Multi-resistant Staphylococci in the Australian Veterinary Setting” and “Novel Anti-staphylococcal Approaches” A poster session is also planned for the meeting.

A discounted registration will be provided for delegates attending both meetings.

To promote discussion and interaction between delegates and the invited speakers the meetings’ registration will include lunches, morning and afternoon teas.

I am confident that you will find both meetings’ programs both scientifically stimulating and informative and we look forward to meeting you in Adelaide.

Ben Howden
ASA President


Australian Society for Antimicrobials

Since becoming an incorporated Society in March 1999, ASA membership now covers a diverse background of professions interested in the study of antimicrobials, including clinical microbiologists and infectious diseases physicians, respiratory and ICU physicians, medical and non-medical microbiologists and scientists.

ASA thanks the Australian Society for Microbiology and the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases for financially supporting "StaphPath 2017".

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday, 9 December 2016

Abstract Notification
Friday, 23 December 2016

Early Bird Registration Deadline
Friday, 6 January 2017

Accommodation Booking Deadline
Friday, 20 January 2017