Full Schedule

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Sunday, Nov. 13

6 - 7:15 p.m. 
Opening Keynote Session

Opening Remarks
       
Karen Visick, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, Ill.

Keynote Speaker Introduction
       
Clay Fuqua, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

Keynote Speaker
      Biofilm alchemyistery

      Jean-Marc GHIGO, Institut Pasteur, Université de Paris, Paris, France

7:15 p.m. 
Welcome Reception 

Monday, Nov. 14
8:30 - 11 a.m. 
Session I: Natural Biofilms, Consortia and Simulations
Moderator: Birthe Veno Kjellerup
 
8:30 - 8:55 a.m.
Extracellular Polymers: Getting To Know Them and Potential for Resource Recovery
Mark van Loosdrecht, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
 
8:55 - ​ 9:20 a.m. 
Abundance and Composition of Bacterial Communities in Water Main Biofilms from Full-scale Drinking Water Distribution Systems in the USA and Norway
Raymond Hozalski, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
 
9:20 - 10:20 a.m. 
3 Selected Abstract Talks

10:20 - 10:50 a.m. 
Coffee Break 

10:50 - 11 a.m. 
3 Selected Lightning Talks 

11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 
Session II: Initiating Contact: Signals and Mechanisms Promoting Attachment
Moderator: Mark Schembri

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
3 Selected Abstract Talks
 
12 - 12:25 p.m. 
The Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Matrix Adhesin CdrA
Courtney Reichhardt, Washington University, St. Louis
 
12:25 - 12:50 p.m. 
From Commensal to Pathogen: Dissecting the Biology of Invasive Enterococcal Aggregates
Diana Morales, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York
 
1 - 2 p.m. 
Lunch 

2 - 4 p.m. 
Poster Session 1/Networking 

4 - 5:50 p.m. 
Session III: Biofilm Maturation: Pathways, Consequences and Control
Moderator: Susanne Häuβler 
 
4 - 4:25 p.m. 
Balancing Biopolymers: Decoding E. coli Biofilm Matrix Composition and Function
Lynette Cegelski, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
 
4:25 - 4:50 p.m. 
Turn the Switch - Polar Decision Making in Shewanella
Kai Thormann, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Gießen, Germany
 
4:50 - 5:50 p.m. 
3 Selected Abstract Talks

6 p.m. 
Free time/Dinner 

8 p.m.
Early Career Networking

Tuesday, Nov. 15
8:30 - 11 a.m. 
Session IV: Synthesis, Assembly and Function of Extracellular Biofilm Determinants
Moderator: Jen Greenwich
 
8:30 - 8:55 a.m.
Mechanisms of Protein-dependent Staphylococcal Biofilm Formation
Alexander Horswill, University of Colorado, Denver
 
8:55 - 9:20 a.m.
Weaving of Biofilm Cellulose by the Bcs Secretion Systems
Petya Krasteva, University of Bordeaux, Pessac, France

9:20 - 10:20 a.m. 
3 Selected Abstract Talks

10:20 - 10:50 a.m. 
Coffee Break 

10:50 - 11 a.m. 
3 Selected Lightning Talks 

11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 
Session V: Metabolism, Physiology and Structure of Biofilms
Moderator: Maria Hadjifrangiskou

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3 Selected Abstract Talks
 
12 - 12:25 p.m.
Surveying the Battlefield: Using In Situ Information To Recreate Infection-relevant Biofilms In Vitro
Will DePas, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
 
12:25 - 12:50 p.m.
Stimulating Microbial Metabolism in Biofilm Cells Reduces Antimicrobial Tolerance
Tom Coenye, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

1 - 2 p.m. 
Lunch 

2 - 4 p.m. 
Poster Session 2/Networking

4 - 6:30 p.m. (Optional Activities*)
Image Analysis Workshop
Small group gatherings
Free time

6:30 p.m. 
Free time/Dinner 

Wednesday, Nov. 16
8:30 - 11 a.m. 
Session VI: Susceptibility and Tolerance: Antimicrobials and Biofilms
Moderator: Paul Stoodley
 
8:30 - 8:55 a.m. 
The Response of Biofilms to Antimicrobials
Oana Ciofu, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
 
8:55 - 9:20 a.m.
Role of Matrix Construction and Destruction in Candida Biofilm Drug Resistance
David Andes, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
 
9:20 - 10:20 a.m. 
3 Selected Abstract Talks 

10:20 - 10:50 a.m. 
Coffee Break 

10:50 - 11 a.m. 
3 selected Lightning Talks
 
11 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.  
Session VII: Social and Asocial Interactions in Biofilms
Moderator: Alain Filloux 

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3 Selected Abstract Talks
 
12 - 12:25 p.m.
Impact of Interspecies Interactions on Structure and Function of Mixed Biofilms
Mette Burmølle, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen
 
12:25 - 12:50 p.m.
Therapeutic Development from the Study of Enterococcus faecalis and Candida albicans Biofilms
Danielle Garsin, University of Texas, Houston

1 - 2 p.m. 
Lunch 

2 - 4 p.m. 
Poster Session 3/Networking 

4 - 5:50 p.m. 
Session VIII: Signals and Mechanims Promoting Biofilm Disassembly and Dispersal 
Moderator: Derek Fleming
 
4 - 4:25 p.m.
Competition Sensing and Biofilm Dispersal
Dominique H. Limoli, University of Iowa,  Iowa City, Iowa
 
4:25 - 4:50 p.m.
Deconstructing the Biofilm Bunker - Regulation of Dispersion and Matrix Degradation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms
Karin Sauer, Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y. 

4:50 - 5:50 p.m. 
3 Selected Abstract Talks

6 - 7 p.m. 
Free time/Dinner 

7:15 -  9 p.m.
Panel Forum Discussion: Diversity and Equity in Microbiology

Thursday, Nov. 17
8:30 - 11 a.m. 
Session IX: Host-Associated Biofilms
Moderator: Kendra Rumbaugh
 
8:30 - 8:55 a.m.
Host-Candida Biofilm Interaction
Priya Uppuluri, University of California, Los Angeles
 
8:55 - 9:20 a.m.
Knowledge and Presumptions - The Role of Biofilms in Chronic Infections 
Thomas Bjarnsholt, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen
 
9:20 - 10:20 a.m
3 Selected Abstract Talks

10:20 - 10:50 a.m. 
Coffee Break 

10:50 - 11 a.m. 
3 Selected Lightning Talks
 
11 a.m. - ​ 12:50 p.m.  
Session X: Control, Prevention, and Elimination of Biofilms
Moderator: Ehud Banin 
 
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3 Selected Abstract Talks
 
12 - 12:25 p.m.
Catalytic Nanomaterials for Targeted Antibiofilm Therapy
Hyun (Michel) Koo, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
 
12:25 – 12:50 p.m.
Biofilm Control by Engineering Antifouling Surface Topographies
Dacheng Ren, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

1 - 2 p.m. 
Lunch 

2 - 4 p.m. 
Poster Session 4/Networking 

4 - 5:50 p.m. 
Session XI: Innovative Approaches and New Technologies in Biofilm Research 
Moderator: Dean Rowe-Magnus

4 - 4:25 p.m.
New Molecular Scaffolds for Bacterial Biofilm Dispersal
Herman Sintim, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
 
4:25 - 4:50 p.m.
Tools for the Detection of Polysaccharide Precursors and Surface Polymers
Jerry Troutman, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, N.C. 

4:50 - 5:50 p.m. 
3 Selected Abstract Talks

6 - 7 p.m. Closing Session
 

Keynote Speaker Introduction - Karen Visick, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, Ill.

Closing Keynote 
      Insights Into Periprosthetic Joint Infection Through a Biofilm Lens

      Robin Patel, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. 

Closing Remarks - Clay Fuqua, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

7:15 p.m.
Closing Reception - TBD

Workshops

Sunday, Nov. 13 - Mark Shirtliff Foundation Early Career Symposium

Session I

1 - 1:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Fitnat Yildiz, University of California, Santa Cruz

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Selected Abstract Talks
 
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Coffee Break

Session II

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Selected Abstract Talks
 
4:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Sophie Darch, University of South Florida, Tampa
 
4:45 - 5 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Awards
Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Biofilm Imaging Workshop
Description
Are you interested in taking your biofilm analysis to the level of high resolution, quantifiable microscopy? ASM Biofilms has organized an optional workshop for image analysis of biofilm microscopy for the afternoon/early evening of Tuesday, Nov. 15. Experts in biofilm image analysis will discuss the importance of image analysis and quantification to maximize the statistical rigor of your images. We will walk you through the analysis of example multichannel 3D (XYZ) and 4D (XYZT) confocal data sets using the freely available biofilm image analysis programs COMSTAT and BiofilmQ. We will provide instructions for downloading and installing them before the workshop. To participate in the workshop, attendees will need to bring their laptops capable of running the software (MATLAB-based), but we will provide test images and data. Attendees may also be able to utilize their own data sets. Seats are limited, so sign up early. There will be an additional fee to participate in this workshop. 

Workshop Leaders
          Paul Stoodley, Ohio State University
          Erin Gloag, Ohio State University
          Knut Drescher, Biozentrum, University of Basel
 
4:30 - 4:40 p.m.
Introduction to imaging image rendering and the importance of image analysis for quantification (Stoodley)

4:40 - 4:50 p.m.
The importance of optimal imaging and threshold setting artefacts (Drescher)
 
4:50 - 5:30 p.m.
COMSTAT (Gloag)

4:50 - 5 p.m.
Principles of COMSTAT for quantification

5 - 5:30 p.m.
Hands on demo using biofilm data sets and Q/A

5:30 - 5:40 p.m.
Break
 
5:40 - 6:20 p.m.
BiofilmQ (Drescher)

5:30 - 5:40 p.m.
Principles of BiofilmQ for quantification

5:40 - 6:20 p.m.
Hands on demo using biofilm data sets and Q/A
 
6:20 - 6:30 p.m.
Wrap up and general Q/A

Program Committee

Karen L. Visick – Chair

Loyola University Chicago
Maywood, Ill.

Clay Fuqua – Co-Chair

Indiana University at Bloomington
Bloomington, Ind.

Ehud (Udi) Banin

Bar-Ilan University
Ramat Gan, Israel

Alain Filloux

Imperial College London
London, England

Maria Hadjifrangiskou

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tenn.

Susanne Häußler

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Braunschweig, Germany

Birthe Kjellerup

University of Maryland
College Park, Md.

Dean Rowe-Magnus

Indiana University at Bloomington 
Bloomington, Ind.

Kendra Rumbaugh

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Lubbock, Texas

Mark Schembri

University of Queensland
Queensland, Australia

Paul Stoodley

Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Early Career Organizing Committee

Sheyda Azimi

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Ga.

Courtney Dial

Loyola University Chicago
Maywood, Ill.

Derek Fleming

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.

Shahrzadi Ghandehari

University of Maryland
College Park, Md.

Jen Greenwich

Indiana University at Bloomington
Bloomington, Ind.

Fabrice Jean-Pierre

Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H.

Michal Natan

Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Ramat Gan, Israel

Ben Wucher

Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H.

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