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Newsletter Vol. 29 No. 2




APUA Marks 30th Anniversary at 51st ICAAC


APUA 30th Anniversary Symposium
APUA Annual International Member Reception (RSVP to jennie.choe@tufts.edu)


APUA 30th Anniversary Symposium: September 18, 11:15 AM

The 51st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), sponsored by the ICAAC Program Committee and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), will be held in Chicago, Illinois on September 17-20, 2011. APUA will convene a symposium on Sunday, September 18 on “Novel Approaches to the Containment of Antibiotic Resistance in Industrial and Developing Countries: Celebrating 30 Years of APUA” from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM. It will explore the global antibiotic resistance problem and highlight the need for improved surveillance, diagnostics, and targeted treatments, especially in the developing world where access to even first line antimicrobials and training programs is limited. Goals of the symposium include recognizing major drivers of antibiotic resistance, comparing promising interventions (such as diagnostics, vaccines, and stewardship programs), evaluating and prioritizing major antibiotic development needs, and developing effective strategies to control the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

The session will be moderated by Dr. Stuart Levy (Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Medicine, Tufts University). Dr. Keith Klugman (Professor of Global Health and Medicine, Emory University) will speak on “The Impact of Vaccines on Resistance in the U.S. and Developing Countries.” Dr. Iruka Okeke (Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Haverford College) will present “Drivers of Resistance and the Role of Diagnostics in Resource-Limited Settings,” and Dr. Sherwood Gorbach (Emeritus Director of the Nutrition/Infection Unit, Tufts University) will address “The Role of Narrow-Spectrum Agents and Novel Mechanisms of Action in Containing Resistance.”

NIH/NIAID Meet-the-Experts Panel: September 18, 5:45 PM

Also on September 18, immediately preceding the APUA Annual International Member Reception, a Meet-the-Experts panel on “The Current State of Antibacterial Resistance Research at NIH/NIAID: Moving Forward” will be held from 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM. The panel will be convened by Dr. M. Lindsay Grayson (Director of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Austin Health) and Dr. Louis B. Rice (Chair of the Department of Medicine, Brown University). The session is designed to give an overview of the NIH/NIAID research agenda on antibacterial resistance, and the key options available to facilitate basic, translational, and clinical research. We hope it will encourage maximal participation of the community in responding to this multi-factorial public health threat.
 



APUA Annual International Member Reception: September 18, 7 PM
(RSVP to jennie.choe@tufts.edu or 617-636-0966)

Please join friends and colleagues at the APUA 30th Anniversary Celebration in the Prairie Center Lobby of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, to be held from 7 PM to 9 PM on Sunday, September 18. At the reception APUA will present its 2011 Leadership Award to Dr. Giuseppe Cornaglia, chairman and president of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). The award recognizes Dr. Cornaglia and ESCMID for their invaluable work in establishing effective expert study groups and educational initiatives in developing countries to control antibiotic resistance and improve treatment.
 

The 2011 Chapter Leadership Award will be awarded to the APUA Nepal chapter and its president, Dr. Kumud K. Kafle (Professor and Head of Clinical Pharmacology at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital). The award recognizes the extraordinary multi-hospital coordination the chapter has done to increase practitioner awareness of antibiotic resistance trends and guidelines in the Kathmandu region. APUA-Nepal is part of APUA’s worldwide network of affiliated organizations located in more than 66 countries, 33 in resource poor countries. For over eight years, Dr. Kafle and his team of APUA-Nepal leaders have tested the sensitivity patterns of common pathogens, consolidating data from a network of hospitals under the Nepal Department of Health Services that includes eight central hospitals, three regional hospitals, two sub-regional hospitals, 10 zonal hospitals, and 65 district hospitals. The antibiotic susceptibility information that they gathered has been invaluable in guiding antibiotic treatment in the region, and has led to the publication of the Nepal National Antibiotic Treatment Guidelines that addresses all aspects of common infectious disease treatment from primary to tertiary care. APUA-Nepal has also published an article on "Antimicrobial resistance at different levels of health care services in Nepal" in the Regional Health Forum (published by SEARO/WHO) this year, and presented at a WHO Regional Meeting on the Rational Use of Medicines in 2007.
 

Last year’s Chapter Leadership Award was presented to the APUA Mexico chapter and its president, Dr. Miguel Peredo López-Velarde, for introducing strong national surveillance, education, and legislation to improve antibiotic use in Mexico.

 



 




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