Events, Courses, Symposia & Conferences 2014

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Short Course: 18th -19th November 2014
Colloquium: 18th- 21 November 2014

Critical Infection Colloquium 18th-21st November 2014

Available Presentation Notes (due to restrictions related to copyright, unpublished data or on-going study a number of presenters opted not to make their notes available)

Colloquium Program

Colloquium Program

colloquium flyer

Colloquium flyer

Architecture lecture theatre 1, Wilkinson Building, University of Sydney

The 2014 Short Course in Critical Infection (SCCI 2014) Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 November: case-based and state of the art presentations will deal with all aspects of severe infection for the critical care clinician.
Faculty leaders in infectious diseases, microbiology and intensive care provide a first-principles understanding of the major infections (bacterial, viral and fungal) involved in critical illness in the ICU and immunocompromised patients, with a focus on the practical management of severe infections in the first two days (the Critical Infection Short Course).
The recent West African Ebola epidemic has meant that we have moved our VHF session to the opening morning and increased it to a whole session, to include a clinical overview by Dale Fisher from Singapore (SARS and Ebola), an evolutionary biology overview from Eddie Holmes, and everything you ever wanted to know about lab handling and about personal protective equipment with Infection Control experts from the state reference facility. Our panel includes Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Virology, Infection Control, Intensive Care and Emergency Department specialists, and Public Health physicians

Science meets Medicine: the following two-day colloquium is also organised by the Centre for Research Excellence in Critical Infection and is supported by the University of Sydney and the NHMRC.
It aims to address the most important aspects of critical infection from patient care to research efforts by bringing together international and local experts from both clinical applied and basic research.
Discussions will move on to the epidemiology and evolution of antibiotic resistance (20th), and the ecology and genetics of antibiotic resistance and the microbiome (21st), with an eye on current cutting edge diagnostic technologies.
This is presented by leading researchers in basic biology as well as working clinicians doing clinical and translational crossover-type research and brings both science and medicine together to discuss the most difficult issues in critical care infection.


Tuesday 18th Nov (case-based sessions – “clinical day”/ SCCI 2014)

Day 1-Real World Critical Infection

Day 1-Real World Critical Infection

(Speakers: Dale Fisher, Edward Holmes, David Mitchell, Jo Tallon, Martin Cullen, Nicole Gilroy, David Isaacs, Caitlin Keighley, Jen Kok, Tom Solano)

  • fungal infections in the immunocompromised and critically ill,
    exotic biological threats and infections in travellers (including viral haemorrhagic fevers),
  • personal protection and infection control in critical care environments
    severe pneumonia, meningitis, encephalitis, and soft tissue infections
  • transplantation and the immune compromised host
  • antibiotics new and old, and how best to use them
  • severe infections in children

Wednesday 19th Nov (Sepsis Day/ SCCI 2014)

Day 2- Sepsis Day

Day 2- Sepsis Day

(Speakers: Anna Holdgate, Stephen Macdonald, Shoma Mohsin, Tom Gottlieb, Simon Brown, Amith Shetty, Neil Woodford, Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Andrew Ginn, Cynthia Whitchurch)

  • Bacterial lifestyles and infection
  • the host response to sepsis and shock
  • the early clinical approach to undifferentiated sepsis and shock
  • the threat of antimicrobial resistance
  • antimicrobials governance and science – balancing the risks
  • modern microbiological tools, including a clinicians guide to next-gen
  • sequencing and real-time diagnostics soon to be available
  • mixer (1600-1800)

Thursday 20th Nov (“genetics day”/ CRE Colloquium)

(Speakers: Sally Partridge, Neil Woodford, John Turnidge, Dilip Mathai, Stephen Baker, Ivana Gudelj, Thomas Ferenci, Ian Seppelt and Anthony Smithyman)

  • the genetics of mobile antibiotic resistance and the genomics of the Enterobactericeae
  • the global epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance and its transmissible elements
  • antimicrobials governance and science; the promise of ‘phage therapy
  • pathogen evolution, population dynamics, antimicrobial resistance and fitness trade-offs

Friday 21st Nov (“microbiome/ genomics day”/ CRE colloquium)

(Speakers: Robert Beardmore, Ian Paulsen, Andrew Holmes, Dena Lyras, Nicola Petty, Kathryn Holt and Aaron Darling)

  • gut decontamination in the ICU
  • antibiotic cycling and adaptive responses at microscale
  • understanding opportunism: a close look at Clostridium difficile
  • bacteriophage and plasmid populations in major human pathogens
  • understanding microbiome dynamics, from oceans to the mammalian gut
  • new approaches to complex populations and relationships within them

Speakers and Presenters

Stephen Baker, Vietnam

Robert Beardmore, United Kingdom

Simon Brown, Perth

Martin Cullen, Sydney

Aaron Darling, Sydney

Thomas Ferenci, Sydney

Dale Fisher, Singapore

Nicole Gilroy, Sydney

Andrew Ginn, Sydney

Tom Gottlieb, Sydney

Ivana Gudelj, United Kingdom

Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Sydney

Anna Holdgate, Sydney

Edward Holmes, Sydney

Andrew Holmes, Sydney

Kathryn Holt, Melbourne

David Isaacs, Sydney

Cailtin Keighley, Sydney

Jen Kok, Sydney

Dena Lyras, Melbourne

Stephen Macdonald, Perth

Dilip Mathai, India

David Mitchell, Sydney

Shoma Mohsin, Sydney

Sally Partridge, Sydney

Ian Paulsen, Sydney

Nicola Petty, Sydney

Ian Seppelt, Sydney

Amith Shetty, Sydney

Anthony Smithyman, Sydney

Thomas Solano, Sydney

John Turnidge, Adelaide

Jo Tallon, Sydney

Cynthia Whitchurch, Sydney

Neil Woodford, United Kingdom



Participants may choose to attend 1 day, 2 days or a combination of days of the short course and the colloquium. Concessional rates are available to Clinical trainees and RNs, Graduate students and Early Career Researchers <= 5 years of post PHD. All registrations are to be processed online. Click here to view all the options and to proceed with your online registration.
All prices include GST, morning & afternoon tea and lunch each day. 10% discount is offered when you register for more than one day.

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