ALTERNATE BACTERIAL LIFESTYLES: OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPLOITATION TO COMBAT INFECTIONS

Professor Cynthia Whitchurch, from the ithree Institute, University of Technology, Sydney, has investigated various aspects of bacterial pathogenesis and biofilms for over 25 years. This has clear implications for the Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Industries worldwide and this seminar will inform Microbiologists of the research currently being performed in this area. Cynthia will present on: 'A major contributor to the ability of pathogenic bacteria to resist the actions of antibiotics and host immune defenses is their ability to transition between different lifestyles. Examples include matrix-encased biofilms; self-organised collective behaviours that lead to rapid biofilm expansion; and morphotype transitions. We have identified several novel phenomena that account for the production of public goods in bacterial biofilms, explain how bacteria self-organise complex collective behaviours and how P. aeruginosa survives and proliferates in the presence of high concentrations of ß-lactam antibiotics. We are currently exploring opportunities to exploit this new knowledge of bacterial lifestyles to develop innovative approaches to control infection'.

PROGRAMME


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Registration

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm Introduction: Dr Alan Heritage, Heritage & Associates (MASM, CAPSIG National Convenor)

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm Professor Cynthia Whitchurch, ithree Institute, University of Technology, Sydney

7:00 pm - 7:15pm Question Time

7:15 pm - Onwards Dinner plus the annual festive activities in the usual CAPSIG-NSW style!

COST
$75 per person. Cheques payable to CAPSIG - NSW (CAPSIG is a non-profit group with annual turn-over less than the statutory limit and hence GST is not applicable).

RSVP
Friday 30 November 2018

ENQUIRIES
Melissa Bourke
Email: melissa.bourke@biomerieux.com

BOOKINGS
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DATE
12 DECEMBER 2018

VENUE
Auditorium Room
Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL
20-26 Canterbury Road, Hurlstone Park

EVENT SPONSORS

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CRG
Biomerieux
ThermoFisher
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