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Streptococcal Biology
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Molecular Mechanisms at the Streptococcal-Host Interface


August 19-24, 2018


Jordan Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME Site Information


Victor Nizet & Nina van Sorge

Vice Chairs:
Kelly S. Doran & Shiranee Sriskandan

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 22, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2018 Streptococcal Biology GRC is the inaugural meeting on this medically important and scientifically rich field of research and will be held at the Jordan Hotel in beautiful Sunday River, Maine, USA, from August 19-24, 2018. The program encompasses a wide range of exciting topics on host-bacterial interactions among important human and animal pathogens from the genus Streptococcus. Invited speakers include both established and early-stage investigators who will present their latest unpublished high impact research discoveries. Encouraging participation of all scientists working with streptococci or in related microbial pathogenesis and immunology fields, we expect to develop this meeting into a recurring premier conference in infectious diseases research.

An important goal of the GRC is to cultivate the next generation of scientific leaders including junior investigators, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students by providing a highly interactive and supportive environment to exchange ideas with current eminent figures in the field. All attendees will have the opportunity to present posters and the best abstracts will be selected for short oral presentations in the regular program. Finally, the program will include a so-called "power hour", open to all participants and designed to increase awareness and discuss issues that women and minorities face in their scientific careers.

We encourage a collegial and supportive atmosphere at this Conference, with organized discussion sessions and opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings. This beautiful New England summertime setting provides an ideal environment for scientists from different disciplines to exchange ideas, brainstorm and foster cross-disciplinary collaborations. We expect the meeting to be oversubscribed so please register early.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • The Leading Edge: Emerging Themes in Streptococcal Research
  • Streptococcal Manipulation of Macrophage and Neutrophil Function
  • Linking Streptococcal Physiology and Metabolism to Virulence
  • Immune Responses to Streptococcal Infection: A Balancing Act
  • Polymicrobial Interactions: Life Among the Microbiome
  • "Streptococcomics": Big Data Approaches to the Pathogen
  • Hold on Tight: Streptococcal Interaction with Host Epithelial and Endothelial Barriers
  • New Paradigms in Streptococcal Virulence Factor Action
  • Innovative Therapeutic and Vaccination Strategies Against Streptococcal Pathogens
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