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The Anaerobe Society of the Americas (ASA) hosts its 11th biennial Congress--ANAEROBE 2012--June 27-July 1, in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA. The Pre-Congress Workshops will be held at Santa Clara University (45 miles south of San Francisco) and the Anaerobe Congress takes place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (off Union Square) in downtown San Francisco, CA USA.

ANAEROBE 2012 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 28 countries.

The ANAEROBE 2012 program consists of a Pre-Congress Workshop (see below) and general sessions consisting of 17 sessions of oral presentations by speakers from 11 countries. Further research will be presented as posters, during three Poster Sessions, as well as the Student Competition.

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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 technologists, by offering a Pre-Congress Workshop on Anaerobic Identification 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, treatment, and prevention of clostridial, obstetric and gynecological, periodontal, intestinal, and other anaerobic infections.
    3. Incorporate better utilization of the microbiology laboratory into thedelivery of patient care.
Pre-Congress Hands-On Workshop - June 27-28, 2012
The Pre-Congress Anaerobic Identification and Susceptibility Testing Workshop will be conducted June 27-28, 2012 on the campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. This 2-day course will consist of lectures and hands-on experience, covering both classical and advanced methods for identification and susceptibility testing of anaerobic bacteriology.

The first day will explore techniques for identifying anaerobes based on phenotypic characteristics and susceptibility testing methods. The second day will address the advanced isolate identification methods, of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, 16S rDNA Sequencing, Culture Independent Methods, and Pyrosequencing. This workshop is accredited for 14 continuing education contact hours for clinical laboratory scientists.

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Congress (June 29-July 1) takes place in America's favorite city by the bay. The Grand Hyatt Hotel is located on Union Square, a short distance to tourist attractions, restaurants, and retail stores. Hotel reservations are available at rate of $149+tax per night.

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The Pre-Congress Workshop takes place June 27-28 at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. Separate hotel reservations will be required, as there will be no transportation to Santa Clara from San Francisco. Following the workshops, bus transportation will be provided to the Grand Hyatt hotel in San Francisco,

The main hotel for the Workshops is the Holiday Inn in San Jose, CA (just changed its name from Wyndham). This newly remodeled hotel offers free shuttle service from San Jose Airport and a bus will provide transport from the hotel to Santa Clara University each morning. The discounted room rate of $149 + tax per night.

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A second hotel option for the workshops is the Best Western Airport Plaza in San Clara, CA. It is 1 mile from San Jose Airport, but does not offer airport shuttle service. It is a 15 minute walk to the Workshop location on the campus of Santa Clara University. Complimentary Breakfast is provided. Room rates are $105 single; $115 double. For this discount rate, reservations can only be made by calling the hotel directly at (408) 243-2400 and ask for Chrystal or Candy.

If you have problems booking hotel reservations, contact: asa@anaerobe.org.

Social Activities
Friday, June 29 -- Congress Reception. The opening day of sessions concludes with a Wine & Cheese Reception for delegates to socialize.

Saturday, June 30 -- Congress Banquet & Awards
will be held in The Rotunda Restaurant at Neiman Marcus San Francisco.

Air Travel:The San Francisco Bay Area is served by 3 airports. Attendees of the Pre-Congress Workshop at Santa Clara University should fly into San Jose Airport (SJI) or San Francisco Airport (SFO). Congress-only attendees can fly into San Francisco Airport (SFO) or Oakland Airport (OAK).

United Airlines and its Star Alliance members United Express, Continental, Continental Express, Luftansa, and All Nippon Airways are offering up to 10% discounts on airfares, valid for travel June 22-July 6, 2012. Reservations can be made through a travel agent or by calling the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 521-4041. Use Meeting ID Code 587LN.

Airport Transportation - To Grand Hyatt San Francisco:
Airport transportation to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco, CA from San Francisco International Airport is being provided by Lorrie's Shuttle. The Congress discount rate is $14 each way, using the reservation link:

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Other options:
BART: Take the Skytrain from your terminal to the BART Station. Any northbound train will stop at Powell Station, four blocks south of hotel. BART runs every 15 to 20 minutes. Cost: $8.10

TAXI: Located outside the terminal on the Departures Level. Cost: $40 - $45

Airport Transportation - To Workshop Hotels in San Jose/Santa Clara:
Airport transportation to the Workshop Hotel in San Jose, CA from San Francisco International Airport is being provided by South and East Bay Shuttle. You save 50% on making reservations for the shuttle service at the website:

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The rate to the San Jose Holiday Inn is $32 (select San Jose North).

ANAEROBE 2012 has been planned and implemented in accordance wit the Essentials Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Physician Accreditation: No Physician Continuing Medical Education units will be issued for this Congress. Attendees may request Certificates of Attendance, free of charge, for pick up at the conclusion of the Congress.
Laboratory Scientist/Technologists: Microbiology Educational Services designates this educational activity for a maximum of 19 continuing education contact hours upon completion of the program.

Patrons & Exhibitors
ANAEROBE 2012 offers sponsorship and exhibit opportunities to industry. For information, contact the ASA office.

More details will be posted soon.

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