Scientific Program

The 2016 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting will feature a keynote lecture, plenary sessions, afternoon symposia workshops and posters that will present the latest findings for those carrying out the research to defend against the growing threats of bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases. For session details, please visit the Online Program Planner.

Monday, February 8

Global Threats – Collaborative Solutions | 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Plenary | 8:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

  • How Biodefense Has Shaped Mainstream Research

Poster Presentation 1 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Symposia | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Offensive Biological Weapons Programs: Past and Present
  • Vaccine-induced T Cell Immunity to Biodefense Pathogens

Symposia | 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Emerging Parasitic Diseases: Pathogenic Mechanisms and Drug Discovery
  • The US Government Biopreparedness Strategy: Preclinical Services, Clinical Services, and Advanced Development and Manufacturing Capabilities

Keynote Lecture | 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception | 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.


Tuesday, February 9

Late-Breaker Session | 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Plenary | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • The Oncoming Storm: Antibiotic Resistance in the 21st Century

TWiM | 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Exhibitor Workshops|11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

  • Chronic, In Vivo Physiologic Monitoring in Nonhuman Primate and Group-housed Guinea Pig Models to Study Inhalational Melioidosis and Ebola Virus  (Supported by Data Science International)
  • Partnerships in Global Health Security: Notable Solutions in Response, Mobile Laboratory Operations, and Infectious Disease Research (Supported by MRIGlobal)

Symposia | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Breakthroughs in Therapeutics for Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Microbial Forensics

Symposia | 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Can You Hear Me Now? Quorum Sensing in Bacterial Pathogens
  • Rift Valley Fever Virus: The Next Arboviral Threat to the United States?

Poster Presentation 2 | 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, February 10

Late-Breaker Session | 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Plenary | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Biodefense and Agriculture

Workshop | 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • Funding Opportunities for Biodefense and Emerging Diseases

Symposia | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Applied Biodefense
  • Bug Off! Arthorpod Vectors and Their Role in Disease Transmission

Symposia | 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Animal Models for Biodefense Medical Countermeasures: Regulatory and Scientific Consideration
  • It's What on the Surface that Counts: Molecular Interactions of Pathogens with the Host

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