The Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting (MAMPM) will be held Feb. 8-10, 2009 at the Wintergreen Ski Resort near Charlottesville, VA. The Mid-Atlantic region is defined as North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, DC, Delaware, and New Jersey. During the first four MAMPM conferences, scientists from within and outside the region have attended, averaging 140 attendees per meeting. <P> The purpose of the conference is to foster communication and collaboration between scientists engaged in microbial pathogenesis research. In addition, a key goal is to provide students and post-doctoral fellows with an opportunity to present their work to a knowledgeable audience in a relaxed and collegial environment.<P> Providing such opportunities for young scientists is important for their scientific development and has been one of the most appealing aspects of this conference. The meeting will be publicized through a combination of advertisements in professional publications, direct mailings, and e-mails directed at members of the local American Society for Microbiology branches that serve this region. A website (www.ecu.edu/mampm) is established to publicize the meeting and provide information for attendees.
Non-Technical Summary: The Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting will be a gathering of scientists working in all aspects of microbial pathogenesis. These individuals will present their research either with a seminar or poster. Numerous USDA-funded investigators studying bacterial pathogens are located in this geographic region and many of them are expected to participate in this meeting. In addition, at least one keynote speaker/yr. presents findings on an aspect of microbial pathogenesis of high priority to the USDA. Finally, USDA-NRICGP funded investigators are members of the Organizing and Scientific Review Committees for this meeting. <P> Approach: The Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting will be held at Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, VA. The meeting will be promoted as in the past by multiple emails and announcements sent to university researchers. Four keynote speakers and numerous meeting attendees will present data orally and more than half of the meeting attendees will present posters.