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The Anaerobe Society of the Americas (ASA) jointly hosts ANAEROBE 2016--July 11-14, at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville Hotel in Nashville, TN USA.

ANAEROBE 2016 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 over 30 countries.

Program & Presentation Guidelines
The ANAEROBE 2016 program consists of a Pre-Congress Workshop (see below), 16 general sessions with 60 oral presentations, and 3 poster presentation sessions. There will also be a Young Investigator's Competition, in which finalists will be judged on oral presentations in front of their posters.

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Registration Is Open
Registration is available for Members and Non-Members for Full Congress Packages (including banquet), Meeting Only, Students, and Daily Rates.
Early Registration Deadline is June 13, 2016.

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Printed registration forms, with credit card information, can be faxed to: +310-216-9274 or mailed to: Anaerobe Society of the Americas, P.O. Box 452058, Los Angeles, CA 90045 USA by June 30, 2016.
Cancellation Policy: Congress registration and banquet fees will be refunded (minus a $20 service fee) if written notification is received by June 30, 2016.

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 Pre-Congress Workshops on:

  • Anaerobic Identification and Susceptibility Testing Methods
  • Examining Anaerobes in the Microbiome: Metagenomic and Culture Approaches

Congress Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the latest developments in the field of anaerobic research.
  • Apply new recommendations in the diagnosis, screening, treatment, and prevention of clostridial, obstetric and gynecological, periodontal, intestinal, and other anaerobic infections.
  • Incorporate better utilization of the microbiology laboratory into the delivery of patient care.


Pre-Congress Hands-On Workshops -- July 11, 2016
This year, we will be offering two full day Pre-Congress Workshops (7.0 CEUs):

    Workshop 1: Anaerobic Identification and Susceptibility Testing Workshop. Instructors: Diane M. Citron; Mike Cox

    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. Use of MALDI-TOF for identification of anaerobes will be discussed. 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. Participants will identify 15 unknown organisms using techniques presented in the workshop. Each student will receive a copy of the CLSI M5-A document, Principles and Procedures for Detection of Anaerobes in Clinical Specimens; Approved Guideline ($180 value, courtesy of Anaerobe Systems).

    Workshop 2: Examining Anaerobes in the Microbiome: Metagenomic and Culture Approaches. Instructors: Laura M. Cox, Ph,D.; Casey Theriot, Ph.D.; Anna Seekatz, Ph.D.

    The microbiota, composed of trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, colonize all living animals and can influence health and disease. Advances in multi-omics technology have increased our ability to interrogate these important interactions. This course will provide didactical instruction and foundational knowledge on microbiome study design, manipulation via microbiota transplants and antibiotic therapy, sequencing and analysis, and metabolomics. It will also cover approaches for cultivating, isolating, and identifying diverse bacteria within the microbiome. The course will include clinically relevant examples, and aims to increase a student's fluency with microbiome terminology and their familiarity with publicly available resources. This course is appropriate for students, postdocs, faculty, and clinical researchers interested in microbiome research.


The ANAEROBE 2016 Congress (July 11-14) takes place at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville Hotel in Nashville, TN. This newly remodeled hotel is located within the heart of Music City, home of America's country music. Within walking distance are Nashville's restaurants, attractions, and honky tonk music scene. So bring your cowboy boots and get ready to dance. Hotel reservations at the Sheraton are available at rate of $199+tax per night. Hotel reservation deadline is June 13, 2016.

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The Setting
From its very beginnings, Nashville grew from a foundation built on music. Music has been the common thread connecting the life and soul of the city and its people. And visitors come here to experience the music that weaves such a fundamental pattern in its cultural, business, and social fabric.

Since the 1800s, Nashville has been the national center for music publishing, and its Ryman Auditorium has hosted so many high profile musical events, that it was dubbed the "Carnegie Hall of the South," from the opera of Enrico Caruso and the classical music of the Vienna Orchestra to the rousing John Phillip Sousa and the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.

Though the Grand Ole Opry has moved to the outskirts, Downtown Nashville still remains a vital music scene filled with honky tonks, where emerging artists develop their talents. In addition, the Ryman Auditorium will be hosting its Bluegrass Nights on July 14, and events take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum.

This is Music City, so bring your cowboy boots and get ready to dance.

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Social Activities
Monday, July 11 -- Pre-Congress Social Activity.
To kickoff the Congress, we will begin with Blues, Brews & BBQ at B.B. King's Blues Club, named after the legendary musician who passed away last year. A $20 ticket includes one drink ticket (beer/wine), appetizers, and entertainment. Additional drinks and food are extra. Festivities begin at 6pm; arrive before 7pm to avoid an additional cover charge. Purchase tickets on the Registration Form.

Tuesday, June 12 -- Congress Reception. The opening day of sessions concludes with a Wine & Cheese Reception for delegates to socialize and network.

Wednesday, July 13 -- Congress Banquet. Held at the Nashville City Club, this premier membership club offers a 360-degree panoramic view of downtown Nashville and award-winning cuisine. The evening will include a reception and a plated dinner (see registration form for entree options). Over dessert, Congress awards will be presented, including The Finegold Award for Best Abstract, the Young Investigator's Awards, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Purchase tickets on the Registration Form.

Thursday, July 14 -- Post-Congress Wind Down. How about some Country Western dancing at the World-Famous Wildhorse Saloon to celebrate another successful meeting. Details will be forthcoming, and tickets will be sold at the Congress.

Air Travel: Nashville International Airport (BNA) is the fourth fastest growing airport, among the top 50 airports in North America. BNA, currently, has 390 flights daily, from more than 50 nonstop markets. Major airlines include Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, United, Southwest, and JetBlue, coming in May.

Airport Transit: Jarmon Transportation offers shuttle service from the airport to the Sheraton Hotel for a discounted price of $12 one-way or $18 round-trip (prices do not include gratuity). Reservations instruction forthcoming. Taxi service from the airport to Downtown Nashville is a flat rate $25 each way, with $1 for each additional passenger.

ANAEROBE 2016 has been planned and implemented in accordance with 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 will provide continuing education contact hours upon completion of the program.

Patrons & Exhibitors
ANAEROBE 2016 offers sponsorship and exhibit opportunities to industry. For information, contact the ASA office.

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