Jubilee symposium highlights world-leading infectious disease research

[2017-06-26] On 19 June, several of the world's leading scientists in the field of infectious diseases visited Umeå University for a jubilee symposium celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The altered spreading patterns of infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance were among the topics discussed.

Photo: Molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler from Princeton University was one of the researchers that held a lecture during the symposium.

See the lectures from the jubilee symposium here

Session 1

  • Philippe Sansonetti, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France: Pathogens, commensals and the host mucosal surface: The discreet charm of the Ménage à trois
  • Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA: Bacterial quorum sensing and its control
  • Nelson O. Gekara, Umeå University: The role of DNA damage in innate immunity

Session 2

  • Stewart Cole, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland: Leprosy – zoonosis and anthroponosis
  • Elaine Tuomanen, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, USA: Expanding bacterial signaling vocabulary from inflammation to neuroproliferation and brain repair
  • Scott Hultgren, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, USA: UTI complexity defined by a diverse bacterial host interface

Session 3

  • Peter Sarnow, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA: Identification of viral Achilles heels during flavivirus infection
  • Emmanuelle Charpentier, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany: CRISPR-CAS9: A bacterial immune system repurposed as a transformative genome engineering technology
  • Panel discussion with the speakers. Staffan Nordmark, Karolinska Institutet gives introduction

Infection challenges attract top-end scientists to Umeå

Editor: David Meyers

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