It’s been a busy few months. I’ll have some additional announcements (and long-overdue book reviews) coming up soon, but in the meantime, one of my projects is humming along and is to the point where I can provide some detailed information about it.

Those of you who follow American Society for Microbiology conference announcements (and who doesn’t, right?) may have seen the announcement for this mouthful of a conference: the 2nd ASM-ESCMID Conference on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in Animals. The previous incarnation was in London, but this year it’s coming stateside, so mark your calendars and make your reservations. The conference will run from September 8th through the 11th, and it’s headed up by yours truly. (Scott Weese, lead organizer of the first conference, is also helping out, as are a number of others noted on the website).

So, what’s on tap? Topics and confirmed speakers can be found here, with additional speakers chosen from the submitted abstracts (due June 17th). Funds are also available for student presentations. It was a wonderful conference in 2009, and we plan on doing even better this coming fall. I hope to see some of you there!


  1. #1 Richard W. Crews
    February 25, 2011

    I was attacked by MRSA, without any hospital contact; no wounds ( at area of infection), and no vector.
    I had to have an IV for four days, with two antibiotics for 4 weeks!
    Does a person get immunity from this by having it once?

  2. #2 Richard W. Crews
    March 14, 2011

    Hello Tara, I really would appreciate an answer about acquired immunity. Does it happen?
    I realize you’re busy with the conference, but I think it would be a great service – beyond just to me – if you could get us educated. For example, I couldn’t find any info about how long the bacteria can live in a neutral environment, such as on the floor, or on a t-shirt in the hamper.\
    I am a long-time reader – layman with interests.

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