I Conference on Antimicrobial Research (ICAR2010)

Venue: Congress Center of Valladolid

Location: Valladolid, Spain

Event Date/Time: Nov 03, 2010 End Date/Time: Nov 05, 2010
Registration Date: Oct 07, 2010
Early Registration Date: Jul 08, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 22, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Nov 30, 2010
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I International Conference on Antimicrobial Research (ICAR2010), to be held in Valladolid (Spain), during 3-5 November 2010 will provide a new forum in Europe for the presentation, exchange and dissemination of information and experiences on anti-microbe strategies, in biotic or abiotic environments, in planktonic or adhered states, in biologically specific or unspecific ways, in vitro or in vivo, in a general context marked by the threat posed by the increasing antimicrobial resistance of pathogenic microorganisms. “Anti” is here taken in a wide sense as “against life, growth, adhesion, or communication”, when such events are understood to be harmful for human health (infectious diseases, chemotherapy...) and/or industry/economy (food, biomedicine, agriculture, livestock, biotechnology, water systems...). It will include topics on antimicrobial resistance, (early) microbial and resistance detection, enhancement of innate defences against pathogens, as well as methods & techniques.

It is in the spirit of this new conference series to attract researchers from a broad range of academic disciplines which are contributing in the fighting against harmful microorganisms, not only those more traditionally involved in this research area (microbiologists, biochemists, genetists, clinicians…), but also experimental and theoretical/computational chemists (rational design of antimicrobial compounds, chemical synthesis, analogs, surface modification of materials…), physicists (radiation, nano-emulsions (surface tension), ultrasounds, antimicrobial materials, properties of nano-materials...) or engineers (technologies).


- Antimicrobial resistance; Superbugs; Multi-resistant strains; Emerging and re-emerging pathogens: Microbial resistance to antibiotics and biocides. Molecular mechanisms. Resistance genes. Prevention of resistance. Surveillance & statistics. Genetics and Proteomics. Emerging and re-emerging bacteria and fungi in humans, animals, and plants. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin Intermediate/Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VISA/VRSA), Clostridium difficile, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), Cryptosporidium, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Cryptococcus, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Helicobacter spp., Enterobacter sakazakii, Serratia spp., Fluoroquinolone-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (FQRP)...

- Non-antibiotic biocides; Hygiene and Sterilizing: Disinfectants, antiseptics, preservatives… Mechanism of action. Resistance to non-antibiotic biocides. Combination of physical and chemical treatments. Hygiene and Sterilizing. Sanitizers. Regulatory issues. Good practices…

- Antimicrobial natural products: Antimicrobial substances from terrestrial and marine organisms. Antimicrobial peptides. Antimicrobial enzymes. Essential oils. Bioactive phytochemicals. Plant/Herbal extracts. Purification. Structural determination

- Antimicrobial chemistry (experimental and computacional): Synthesis and screening of novel chemical compounds for antimicrobial action. Natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic antibiotics. Analogs. Structural determination. Rational design of antimicrobials. In-silico/ab-initio/de-novo antimicrobials discovery. New targets for antimicrobials. Bioinformatics and comparative genomics for the identification of antimicrobial targets. Analytical detection of antibiotics in complex simples…

- Antimicrobials in consumer products: Textiles (hygienic clothing, activewear, medical textiles…), paper industry, active packaging (food industry…), public buildings (hospitals, schools, restaurants, day care centers, nursing homes…). Safety and toxicological aspects…

- The Intelligent war: Interfering microbe-microbe communication (quorum sensing) as antimicrobial strategy.

- Antimicrobial materials science and surface chemistry; Biofilms: Antimicrobial, anti-adhesive surfaces & coatings. Microbial adhesion to surfaces. Biofouling. Biofilm formation, control and eradication. Novel characterization techniques. Physical and chemical (inorganic (e.g. silver, copper compounds) and organic) surface modification. Cationic surfaces. Functionalization strategies for polymers, metals, metal oxides, ceramics. Drug-eluting concepts. Biofilms susceptibility to antimicrobials. Antibiotic resistance of microorganisms in biofilms. Genomics and Proteomics...

- Antimicrobial microbes: Microbial-derived toxins. Bacteriocins (colicins, microcins, lantibiotics…). Archaeocins. Biocontrol approach to microbial invasions (probiotics, lactic acid bacteria…). Biosynthesis of antibiotics. Genetic and metabolic engineering. Gene regulation…

- Antimicrobial viruses:
Bacteriophages. Phage therapy and biocontrol in humans, animals (agriculture-farm animals, aquaculture), plants, food industry… Materials functionalization with bacteriophages. Using bacteriophages for microbiological detection…

- Antimicrobial physics:Exploitation of physical properties for killing/inactivating microbes: surface tension (nano-emulsions), radiation, ultrasounds, temperature, specific properties of nano-materials (nano-particles, nano-tubes/wires, nano-crystals, nano-grained materials…). Resistance to physical agents…

- Strengthening of innate immune system as antimicrobial strategy: Immunotherapy, immunomodulating agents, cytokines (interleukins, colony-stimulating factors, interferons…), hormones… Novel vaccines for preventing or treating disease…

- Techniques and Methods: Susceptibility Testing. Rapid microbial and resistance detection. Detection of antibiotics in environmental samples. Microscopy, microanalysis & spectroscopy, single-cell studies, high-throughput studies, nanomechanical studies, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip concepts, miniaturized science, analysis of microbial surfaces, heterogeneity, statistics. Interaction of antimicrobial drugs with model membranes. Analytical techniques…

- 8 July 2010: Deadline for early registration
- 22 July 2010: Deadline for abstract submission

In addition to the oral and posters presentations, a Virtual Participation mode has been established for those researchers who are unable to attend the Conference personally. These participants will be requested to send "virtual papers", which will be exhibited at the online platform for virtual participation. These papers can be prepared using Power Point, Flash or similar software, or video recordings. Please consult the conference website for details.

To keep you informed about all conference details, you may fill-in the Pre-registration form, which is available at http://www.formatex.org/icar2010/preregistration.php

- Abstract Book: A Book of Abstracts will be produced including all abstracts of works presented in the Conference. Each registered participant will receive a copy at the beginning of the Conference. (It will be dispatched to virtual participants shortly after the conference).
- Proceedings: The conference proceedings will be published as a book entitled “Science and Technology against Microbial Pathogens. Research, Development and Evaluation”, to be published by an international publishing house (to be announced soon). All details on full paper submission for the book can be consulted in the “Call for Papers” section on the conference website.


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