The Eastern Pennsylvania Branch of the American Society for Microbiology will sponsor the 49th Annual Symposium at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. This intermediate to advanced level program will provide an update of the prognostic importance of blood cultures and of the optimization of lab workflow with automated blood culture systems. The program will also review the use of rapid multiplex molecular panels from positive BCs and the use of new non-culture molecular tests directly from whole blood. Specific examples of bloodstream infections and molecular diagnostics will be illustrated in case presentations. Additional topics will include pediatric blood cultures, catheter-associated BSI, and the impact of rapid blood culture tests on antimicrobial stewardship. 

Symposium Program Brochure

Registration is now open: Register for the meeting

Friday, November 22, 2019 on the Thomas Jefferson University campus in Philadelphia. Program Co-Chairs: Alan Evangelista PhD, Matthew Pettengill PhD, Laurel Glaser MD, PhD

28th Annual Philadelphia Infection & Immunity Forum
Organized by the Eastern PA Branch ASM and Student Chapter ASM

Monday, December 16, 2019

Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
University of Pennsylvania
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

planned schedule:

7:30 – 8:30 am breakfast
8:30 – 11:00 am presentations
11:00 – 1:30 pm poster sessions and lunch
1:30 – 4:00 pm presentations
4:30 pm awards and close

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Amariliz Rivera-Medina
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Dr. Rosemary Rochford
University of Colorado

Dr. Vincent Tam
Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

Platform presentations from post-doctoral researchers and graduate students
Poster presentations with awards for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers

Abstract submission details and online registration –  look for updates

Important Dates:
Oral presentation abstract deadline: Nov 11, 2019
Poster presentation abstract deadline: December 2, 2019
On time meeting registration deadline: Dec 2, 2019

Registration Now Open: Click Here

Registration Fees:
On time – free for students and postdocs
Faculty – $40.00
At the door – Faculty $60.00, Students/Postdocs $20.00