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Mechanisms and Consequences of Invertebrate-Microbe Interactions (A7)


Organizer(s) Bruno Lemaitre, Nicole M. Gerardo and Jason Rasgon
January 26—30, 2014
Granlibakken Tahoe • Tahoe City, California USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Oct 9, 2013
Abstract Deadline: Nov 4, 2013
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 9, 2013
Discounted Registration Deadline: Nov 25, 2013

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Our understanding of invertebrate-microbe interactions has broadened dramatically in the past quarter century. At the mechanistic level, we have discovered immune mechanisms conserved across organisms. At the ecological level, we have gained appreciation for the complex spectrum of cooperative and detrimental interactions that hosts have with microbes. A comprehensive understanding of host-microbe interactions is integral to limiting the ability of organisms, particularly insects, to spread diseases that impact human health and destroy crops. Study of invertebrate-microbe interactions also provides insight into the role that beneficial microbes play in the health of all organisms. Despite advances, there is a need to integrate mechanistic, genomic, ecological and applied approaches. To date, few meetings have brought together researchers from across disciplines who are working on invertebrate-microbe symbioses. This symposium will host scientists studying diverse aspects of invertebrate-microbe interactions in different systems (e.g., squid, leeches, flies, nematodes, bees). Attendees will include molecular biologists studying immune mechanisms and evolutionary ecologists working on pest control in the field. Talks will focus on both beneficial and harmful microbial associations, allowing cross-fertilization of knowledge from one system to another and providing impetus for further fundamental advances and applied applications. The meeting goals include: 1) Incorporating speakers who work on diverse systems; 2) Engaging participants who are addressing these interactions from both the microbial and host perspectives; 3) Highlighting research that ranges in focus from molecular mechanisms to ecological-evolutionary aspects; 4) Increasing dialogue between researchers working on both beneficial and harmful microbial associations.

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Scholarships/Awards

Early Career Investigator Travel Award Recipients
made possible by National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Funding

Michelle Juarez
City College New York, USA

Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Thais Duarte Bifano
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Robert M. Brucker
Vanderbilt University, USA

Katherine M. Buckley
University of Toronto, Canada

Moria Cairns Chambers
Cornell University, USA

Stanislava Chtarbanova
University of Alabama, USA

Rebecca P. Duncan
University of Miami, USA

Anne M. Estes
University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA

Joshua Meisel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Amanda Jo Williams-Newkirk
Emory University, USA

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Scholarship Recipients

Jessica Miles
Yale University, USA