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

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The new law school, University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW

The colloquium is run in conjunction with the annual short course which includes the sepsis day (18th-19th). The course is aimed at practicing intensivists and those who manage critically ill patients.

Focus areas will include septic shock and opportunistic infections in the critically ill (19th), the epidemiology and evolution of antibiotic resistant populations (20th), and the ecology and genetics of antibiotic resistance (21st), with an eye on current cutting edge diagnostic technologies.

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.


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

(Speakers: Scott Chapman, Martin Cullen, Nicole Gilroy, Jon Iredell,
David Isaacs, Jen Kok, David Mitchell, Tom Solano, Tania Sorrell)

  • 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)

(Speakers:Cynthia Whitchurch, Grant Hill-Cawthorne,Tom Gottlieb, Andrew Ginn, Anna Holgate, Shereen Mohsin, Amith Shetty, Neil Woodford)

  • 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: Stephen Baker, Ivana Gudelj, Edward Holmes, Dillip Matthai, Sally Partridge, Nicholas Thomson, 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, Aaron Darling, Andrew Holmes, Kathryn Holt, Dena Lyras,
Ian Paulsen, Ian Seppelt, Nicola Petty)

  • 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

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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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Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacterial pathogens that cause a range of mammalian diseases, including the most common human sexually transmitted infections and trachoma (infectious blindness). Human disease arises by adverse host inflammatory reactions that induce tissue damage & scarring. Despite the global morbidity caused by chlamydial infections, relatively little is known about disease mechanisms. Chlamydia are genetically intractable as replication outside of the host cell is not yet possible and there are no practical tools for routine genetic manipulation, making genome-scale approaches critical to the understanding of this major human and veterinary pathogen.


PowerPoint slides available from the Symposium on Laboratory Diagnosis & Surveillance of Drug-Resistant Infections


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