The Eastern PA Branch of the ASM will host the 50th Annual Symposium on Friday, November 5, 2021 at the Drexel University College of Medicine, Queen Lane Campus.

“50 Year Historic Lookback and the View Ahead for Novel Diagnostics”

Preliminary Program

Moderator: Alan Evangelista, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

8:30-9:00am “50-year historic lookback at previous EPAASM symposia”, James Poupard, Ph.D., Pharma Institute of Philadelphia

9:00-9:30am “An update on the use of sepsis biomarkers including procalcitonin, C-reactive protein, and calprotectin”, Kevin J. Downes, M.D., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

9:30-10:00am “Progression of blood culture technology: automation, direct disk testing, PCR of positives and direct molecular sequencing of blood”, Thomas Kirn, M.D., Ph.D., Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Moderator: Matthew Pettengill, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

11:15-12:00pm Case presentations using molecular diagnostics, Matthew Pettengill, Ph.D., Thomas Jefferson Univ Hospital, Laurel Glaser, M.D., Ph.D., Hospital of the Univ of Pennsylvania, Alan Evangelista, Ph.D., St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

12:00-12:30pm Use of direct next generation sequencing for detection of clinical pathogens”, Erin H. Graf, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Mayo Clinic Arizona

12:30-1:15pm Lunch (included with registration)

1:15-1:45pm Exhibits and dessert

Moderator: Laurel Glaser, M.D., Ph.D., D(ABMM)

1:45-2:15pm “Use of CSF metagenomic next generation sequencing (NGS) for direct pathogen detection for meningitis/encephalitis”, Kyle Rodino, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

2:15-2:45pm “Evolving epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 variants and their impact on patient outcomes, Brendan Kelly, M.D., Perelman Sch of Medicine, Univ of Pennsylvania

2:45-3:15pm “Use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the clinical microbiology laboratory”, Daniel Rhoads, M.D., Cleveland Clinic

3:15-3:30pm Closing remarks and evaluations

Exhibits by various vendors
Lunch included with registration
Pre-registration by October 29, 2021: $50.00 members, $75.00 non-members
Full-registration after October 29, 2021: $75.00 members, $100.00 non-members

Final Program and Registration coming soon