September 8 - 12, 2015
Abstract Deadline: June 19, 2015

Lalita Ramakrishnan, University of Cambridge, UK     Raphael Valdivia, Duke University Medical Center     Malcolm Whiteway, Concordia University, Canada

We are pleased to host the tenth Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response, which will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 8, conclude Friday evening with a banquet and departures on Saturday morning, September 12, 2015. The meeting will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to study infectious diseases integrating the disciplines of molecular microbiology, eukaryotic cell biology, immunology, and genomics. The meeting will provide an in depth focus on the approaches that are being used to elucidate the mechanisms of bacterial and fungal pathogenesis, and promote the application of these concepts to understanding the evolution of emerging diseases.

Sessions will integrate studies on bacterial and fungal pathogens. The oral sessions will begin with 3-4 invited talks by established leaders in the field, followed by several shorter talks chosen from submitted abstracts. We strongly encourage submission of abstracts by junior researchers in the field. The meeting will include the following broad sessions:

Host response and immunity
The individual versus the community: the contribution of single cell behavior to host interactions-microbe interactions
Commensalism, dysbiosis and pathogenesis
Metabolism and virulence
Microbial surfaces and effectors
Regulation and signaling of virulence

Keynote Speaker:
Jorge Galan, Yale University School of Medicine

Session Chairs:
Alistair Brown, University of Aberdeen, UK
Andrew Camilli, Tufts University Medical School
Lora Hooper, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Mihai Netea, Radbound University, Netherlands
Victor Nizet, University of California, San Diego
Eric Rubin, Harvard University

Invited Speakers:
Heran Darwin, NYU School of Medicine
Sarah Fortune, Harvard School of Public Health
Wolf-Dietrich Hardt, Institute of Microbiology ETH, Switzerland
Carol Kumamoto, Tufts University
Susan Lea, University of Oxford, UK
Stuart Levitz, University of Massachusetts
Haoping Liu, University of California, Irvine
Edward Miao, University of North Carolina
Aaron Mitchell, Carnegie-Mellon University
Denise Monack, Stanford University
Julian Naglik, Kings College London, UK
Hendrik Poinar, McMaster University, Canada
Felix Randow, University of Cambridge, UK
Wendy Thomas, University of Washington
David Tobin, Duke University
Thierry Vernet, IBS/Groupe Pneumocoque, France

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. Status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Apply in writing to Maureen Morrow stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor in September.

This conference is supported in part by funds provided by:

Academic Package $1,425
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1,185
Corporate Package $1,835
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $965
Corporate No-Housing Package $1,230

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese party, cocktail reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.