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Post-conference Sessions

Wednesday, Oct. 16: National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Post-Conference Workshop. Details to come.

Full Conference Schedule

Sunday, Oct. 13. Details to come.
Monday, Oct. 14. Details to come.
Tuesday, Oct. 15. Details to come.
Wednesday, Oct. 16. Details to come.

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2024 ASM NGS Conference Session Topics

Epidemiological Cues: NGS in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology  

Genomic sequencing and molecular epidemiology are indispensable tools for clinical reference diagnostics, public health surveillance outbreak detection and response. This session will discuss how sequencing is being used in clinical and public health microbiology, and the challenges and successes in implementing these technologies successfully in routine and standard practice. 

Bridging Silos: Exploring Mechanisms for Collecting and Sharing Microbial Genomic Data for Fostering Interoperability. 

Amassing large microbial genomic datasets has become turnkey. However, collecting rich contextual data, getting these datasets submitted to public or private repositories and extracting slices of these data across projects for broader analyses is still a barrier for advancing this field. This session will explore methods for improving contextual data and creating more interoperability between datasets and repositories. 

Secret Ingredient: NGS to Uncover the Role of Microbes in Agricultural and Food Systems

Understanding microbial diversity and function in natural and built environments is critical for enhancing productivity, resilience and health of agricultural and food systems. NGS can uncover the role of microbes in soil, plant and animal health. It can also help pinpoint the origins of contamination events, antimicrobial resistance and other pathogen risks. This session will highlight genomic and microbiome research in environmental, veterinary and food microbiology.    

Microbial Chatter: Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease 

Profiling microbial communities and their functional potential in human and animal hosts is critical to our understanding of host-microbe interactions in health and disease. This session will highlight omics approaches to characterize the microbiome and virome in human and animal studies, as well as novel integrative and interaction network analysis methods. This session will also include studies on pathogen genomics.

Pipe Dreams: Analytical Methods, Bioinformatic Tools and Pipelines 

Recent technology advances have made whole-genome sequencing and other sequencing-based assays ubiquitous in modern microbiology. However, this shift in techniques is generating huge volumes of data that require computational analysis. This session covers new analytical methods and bioinformatics tools designed to surf the growing wave of genomic data.

Program Committee

Elodie Ghedin—Chair
NIAID
Bethesda, Md.

Todd Treangen—Co-Chair
Rice University
Houston

Ruth Timme
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
College Park, Md.

Duncan MacCannell
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta

Sofonias Tessema 
Africa CDC 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Jasna Kovac 
Penn State University 
University Park, Pa.

Julie Dunning Hotopp 
IGS, University of Maryland, School of Medicine 
Baltimore, Md. 
   
Arjun Prasad 
NIH, National Center for Biotechnology Information 
Bethesda, Md. 

Tim Read 
Emory University School of Medicine 
Atlanta

Laura Carroll 
Umea University 
Umea, Sweden 

Daria Van Tyne 
University of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 

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