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Welcome Plasmid Enthusiasts!

We are pleased to invite you to attend Plasmid Biology 2018 on the scenic University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington from August 5 -10, 2018. The conference is the biennial International Symposium of the International Society for Plasmid Biology and other Mobile Genetic Elements (ISPB). Meeting topics will cover several areas relating to plasmids and mobile genetic elements (MGEs), including replication and maintenance, horizontal transfer, genomics and systems biology, synthetic biology, industrial, agricultural and medical biotechnology, evolution, ecology, epidemiology, and the role of plasmids/MGEs in bacterial pathogenesis.

Our conference will showcase diverse topics and presenters (with established investigators, students, and post-doctoral fellows). The keynote lecture “Evolution of Antibiotic resistance” will be given Sunday evening, August 5th by Dr. Dan Andersson from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Subsequent sessions will feature several invited talks by leading international researchers and additional oral and poster presentations chosen from submitted abstracts. The various sessions will give all attendees an opportunity to present their latest findings, with ample time for informal discussions, socializing, and networking. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career scientists are particularly encouraged to attend and contribute to the meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle in August: come to learn about exciting science related to plasmids and other mobile elements and to explore the beautiful city of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest! (Despite its reputation for rain and gray skies, August is a spectacular time to visit.)


Eva Top & Beth Traxler

Plasmid Biology 2018 Organizing Committee: Barbara Funnell (U. Toronto), Alvaro San Millan (U. Hospital Ramon y Cajal), Hideaki Nojiri (U. Tokyo), Eva Top (U. Idaho), Beth Traxler (U. Washington)


Kane Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

For a comprehensive list of presenters, click here.


Conference Overview

Scientific session topics:

Session 1: Evolution of Plasmids and other MGEs

Session 2: Antibiotic Resistance Spread/Epidemiology

Session 3: Plasmid Transfer

Session 4: Ecology and Environmental Microbiology of Plasmids

Session 5: Plasmid Replication and Stability

Session 6: Mobile Genetic Elements

Session 7: Medical/Veterinary/Agricultural Microbiology 

Session 8: Genomics/Systems Biology/Synthetic Biology/Other


FEES AND REGISTRATION

Early Bird - through 4/30/18$575  
General Registration - after 4/30/18$625  
Companion Fare - includes welcome reception, games night, banquet dinner$75       


Registration fee covers:
• One year membership to the Plasmid Biology Society
• Access to the Scientific Sessions
• Games night
• Conference materials
• Welcome reception
• Coffee breaks and working lunches
• Farewell dinner

Participants will be on their own for dinner Monday-Wednesday, so that they can explore the campus and city.

Each individual will reserve their housing accommodations individually.  Please see the "Lodging and Travel" tab below.

See the Additional information tab for submission deadlines for oral and poster presentations.


CANCELLATION POLICY
The Office of Continuing Medical Education must receive written notification of your cancellation by July 27, 2018. A $75.00 processing fee will be deducted from refund requests received by this date. No refunds will be issued following July 27, 2018. The Office of Continuing Medical Education reserves the right to cancel this course twenty (20) days prior to the course date when a minimum enrollment is not met or for other reasons that prevent the University from holding the course. Each registrant will be notified by telephone followed by written notification and a full refund. The University of Washington is not responsible for any other costs incurred such as non-refundable airline tickets or hotel penalties. Contact the CME Office with questions: call 206.543.1050, fax 206.221.4525 or email cme@uw.edu.

Vicki Adams, PhD

Monash University
Clayton
Heather Allen
Agricultural Research Service
United States Department of Agriculture
Ames, IA
Dan Andersson

University of Uppsala
Uppsala
Daniela Barilla, PhD
Dr
University of York
York
Jean-Yves Bouet

CNRS/University of Toulouse
Toulouse
Susanna Brom

National Autonomous University of Mexico
Cuernavaca
Vincent Burrus, PhD

Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, QC
George Chaconas

University of Calgary
Calgary, AB
Michael Chandler

Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Peter Christie, PhD
Professor
University of Texas Health Sciences Center
Houston, TX
Tal Dagan, PhD
Prof
Kiel University
Kiel
Fernando de la Cruz, PhD
Professor
Universidad de CAntabria
Santander
Barbara Funnell, PhD
Professor
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Elizabeth Grohman

Beuth University of Applied Sciences
Berlin
Kat Holt

University of Melbourne
Melbourne
Igor Konieczny

University of Gdansk
Gdansk
Günther Koraimann
Prof.
University of Graz
Graz
Matxalen Llosa

Universidad de Cantabria
Santander
Amy Mathers, MD
Assoc. Prof. Of Medicine and Pathology
University of Virginia Medical School
Charlottesville, VA
Didier Mazel, PhD
Prof
Institut Pasteur
Paris
Hideaki Nojiri, PhD
Professor
University of Tokyo
Tokyo
Sally Partridge, PhD

University of Sydney
Westmead
Jose Penades, VMD

University of Glasgow
Glasgow
Joshua Ramsay

Curtin University
Perth
Rodrigo Reyes, PhD

McGill University
Montreal, QC
Alvaro San Millan, PhD

University Hospital Ramon y Cajal
Madrid
kornelia Smalla, PhD

JKI
Braunschweig
Christopher Thomas, PhD
Professor
University of Birmingham
Birmingham
Masataka Tsuda
professor
Tohoku University
Sendai
Elizabeth M Wellington
Professor
University of Warwick
Coventry
Title Time Faculty Room
Session 7: Medical/Veterinary/Agricultural Microbiology 9:00AM - 12:30PM  
Antibiotic Resistance and Mobile Elements in Food-Producing Animals 9:00AM - 12:30PM Heather Allen
 
Displacing Resistance Plasmids from Bacterial Populations using a Self-Transmissible pCURE Plasmid 9:00AM - 12:30PM Christopher Thomas, PhD
 
The plasmid-encoded antigenic variation system of the Lyme disease spirochete: new insights into the mechanism of recombinational switching with a role for error-prone repair 9:00AM - 12:30PM George Chaconas
 
Lunch 12:30PM - 2:00PM  
Session 8: Genomics/Systems Biology/Synthetic Biology/Other 2:00PM - 4:30PM  
Comparative genomics of virulence and drug resistance plasmids in Klebsiella pneumoniae 2:00PM - 4:30PM Kat Holt
 
Conjugation of rhizobial plasmids: preferred niches 2:00PM - 4:30PM Susanna Brom
 
Closing Lecture: Plasmid art 4:30PM - 5:00PM Fernando de la Cruz, PhD
 
Conference Banquet 6:00PM - 8:00PM  
Credit Designation: This activity is NOT accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

We would like to thank the following sponsors:

DORM ACCOMMODATIONS

On-campus housing can be reserved in convenient, modern, dormitory rooms with individual baths. Conference participants can reserve a 4-night package, which allows for early check-in or departures. Participants who wish to stay on UW campus on Thursday evening, August 9, should request that additional night when they are completing the housing registration form. In addition, conference participants, who want to arrive early can request housing for Saturday August 4. The charges for additional nights are billed at the same rate as the 4-night housing package (but does not include the breakfast charge). Both single and double rooms are available: those requesting double rooms will have the option to request a roommate during registration. See the Housing site for more details.

For dormitory package details and reservations, click here.

Click here for information on dormitory accommodations.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The following hotels are located near the conference site. To make reservations, please call the hotels directly. No room block has been reserved.

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.826.4242 or 866.944.4242
Rates depend on availability
Ask for UW CME conference rate

Silver Cloud Inn
5036 25th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.526.5200 or 800.205.6940
Rates depend on availability
Ask for UW CME conference rate

Marriott Residence Inn
4501 12th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.322.8887 or 888.236.2427
Ask for "UW" rate

ABSTRACT/POSTER Submission
In order to submit your abstract or poster, please go to the following link.

Submission for abstracts is no closed, however you have until June 30th to submit for a poster presentation at the above link.

Plasmid Biology Prize--> Apply Now!

Please consider applying or nominating someone for the Society’s Plasmid Biology prize this year, in honor of an excellent plasmid biologist who is no longer with us, Dr. Karin Ippen-Ihler. Since the funds for the Brian Wilkins Prize were used up in 2016 a new Prize will be funded by the International Society for Plasmid Biology. This will be awarded for the first time at Plasmid Biology 2018.  Deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.  Details of the application process are described under point 6 on the Plasmid Biology prize page.  You can read more about Dr. Ippen-Ihler here. Queries should be sent electronically to Christopher M Thomas (c.m.thomas@bham.ac.uk).

SPECIAL SERVICES
The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days. 

Please inform the CME Office ten days in advance of the conference start date if you will need to utilize lactation services.

Fees for this course are estimated to cover the costs of conducting this course. These costs include salaries, registration and credit, handouts, record keeping, faculty planning and evaluation and may include food, alcohol, taxes and gratuities to vendors.