Microbiologists study living organisms and infectious agents, and their work is critical to health, agriculture, the environment and biotechnology. Many accomplishments in the microbiological sciences have significantly affected our lives, such as the development of treatments for infectious diseases, the prevention of food spoilage, the use of microorganisms to clean up pollutants and basic knowledge of the nature of all living things.
Among the topics to be presented are:
- Disease risks in international travel
- The microbiology of animal bite wounds
- Microbial life beneath Antarctic ice
- Updates on SARS vaccine and therapy development
- Microbial threats to water supplies
More detailed information, including programs and abstract, will be available in late April. Preliminary programs and press registration materials are currently available and can be obtained by calling the ASM Office of Communications or online at http://www.
PLEASE NOTE: The housing deadline is April 16, 2004. While media will be allowed to register for the meeting after that date, they will be responsible for arranging hotel accommodations on their own.
Comprehensive media facilities will be available and meeting registration is complimentary for the media.
The ASM General Meeting Press Center will be located in Room 215of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and will be open starting at 12:00 noon on Sunday, May 23. Programs, abstracts, news releases and information about daily press conferences will be available. All media representatives must be registered to attend sessions; registration is limited to a maximum of three individuals from a single outlet. Please note that videotaping in session rooms is not allowed. The ASM, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest and largest single biological membership organization with approximately 44,000 members worldwide. Members work in different organizations, including education (research institutions, undergraduate and graduate institutions, and medical dental and veterinary schools), industry (pharmaceutical, food and agriculture, biotechnology, environmental, and pollution control companies and hospitals), and federal and state governments (research laboratories and public health).