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2015 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting: Media registration open

American Society for Microbiology

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will host its 2015 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting February 9-11, 2015 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together individuals who are carrying out research to defend against the threat of bioterrorism with decision makers shaping the future biodefense research agenda, recognizing that emerging infectious diseases serve as a paradigm for handling the public threat of bioterrorism.

This meeting is intended for scientists, public health researchers and policy makers who need to be informed about the latest scientific developments. The meeting will include a series of keynote addresses by leaders in the field of biodefense and poster sessions presenting up-to-the-minute cutting-edge research on biothreat agents, vaccines, detection and diagnostic procedures, animal and plant pathogens, global surveillance, and other vital topics.

Topics of interest include:

  • Plenary Session for Ebola Updates
  • Highlighted Oral Abstract Presentations
  • 'Domestic and Global Health Security Policy: Challenges and Opportunities' with Dr. Larry Kerr of the White House National Security Council

A full copy of the program, oral abstracts, and poster abstracts can be found online at (.zip file). Please note that information is subject to change. Press should consult the Online Program Planner for the most up-to-date information.

Meeting registration is offered complimentary to reporters covering the event and the ASM will offer limited press room facilities.

Reporters wishing to obtain press registration to the meeting should contact Garth Hogan at


The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 44,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.

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