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The Anaerobe Society of the Americas (ASA) hosts its 10th biennial Congress--ANAEROBE 2010--July 7-10. 2010, at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

ANAEROBE 2010 will address both the clinical and microbiological aspects of anaerobes, as related to human diseases, animal disease, and environmental conditions. Mixing theory and practical applications, the Congress will consist of invited speakers, oral presentations, and poster presentations, representing work by researchers from around of the world.

The ANAEROBE 2010 program consists of a Pre-Congress Workshop (see below) and 14 general sessions consisting of invited speakers and oral presentations from the submitted abstracts. Further research will be presented as 120 posters, during four sessions: Student Presentations (Thurs.), Poster Session I & II (Thurs.), and Poster Sesson III (Fri.).
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Target Audience
Researchers, clinicians, and technicians from around the world are invited to attend and participate in this Congress to engage in presentations, exchanges, and dialogue on issues related to the study of anaerobes. We particularly hope to attract bench hospital microbiologists, by offering a Pre-Congress Workshop on Anaerobic Identification Using Conventional Techniques and Sequencing of 16S rDNA and Susceptibility Testing Methods.

Congress Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the latest developments in the field of anaerobe research.
    2. Apply new recommendations in the diagnosis, screening, and treatment of clostridial, obstetric and gynecological, periodontal, intestinal, and other anaerobic infections.
    3. Understand the role of anaerobic infections in veterinary medicine.
    4. Incorporate better utilization of the microbiology laboratory into the delivery of patient care.
Pre-Congress Workshop - Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Techniques for identifying anaerobes based on phenotypic characteristics will be presented. These methods will include appearance on gram-stain, growth on selective media, susceptibility to special potency antibiotic disks, preformed enzyme reactions, and classical biochemical reactions. A discussion on sequencing 16s rDNA for difficult strains will be included. The Anaerobe Educator software program will be used to present test reactions and to allow for active audience participation in the identification of organisms. Susceptibility testing methods, including agar dilution, broth microdilution, and Etest will be discussed. Each student will receive a copy of the Anaerobe Educator. This workshop is accredited for 7.0 continuing education contact hours for clinical laboratory scientists.

The Setting
ANAEROBE 2010 takes place in one of America's most historic cities, and the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel is situated in Philadelphia's most historic, tree-lined neighborhood. The hotel is a short walk to many of America's most noted landmarks, other tourist attractions, and a variety of restaurants and retail stores. The hotel also offers an indoor heated swimming pool, complimentary fitness facility, whirlpool, and sauna. just blocks away. Hotel reservations are available at rate of $159+tax per night.

Social Activities
Thursday, July 8 -- Congress Reception. The opening day of sessions concludes with a Wine & Cheese Reception for delegates to socialize.

Friday, July 9 -- Congress Banquet & Awards
will be held at The Mutter Museum, home of The Physicians of Philadelphia. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the displayed collection of fluid-preserved anatomical and pathological specimens; skeletal and dried specimens, medical instruments and apparal; anatomical and pathological models in plaster, wax, papier-mache, and plastic; memorabilia of famous scientists and physicians; and medical illustrations, photographs, prints, and portraits.

Saturday, July 10 -- Informal City Tour. The opportunity to explore the local neighborhood shops and restaurants with fellow attendees. Details will be available at the Congress.

Patrons & Exhibitors
ANAEROBE 2010 offers sponsorship and exhibit opportunities to industry. For information, contact the ASA office.

More details will be posted soon.

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