Page 1 SA Branch Newsletter October 2008 Diary Dates: When? 2008 Tristate Meeting—Another Success Tuesday 0ctober 28, 5:45 PM for 6:15PM start. The 2008 tristate was held at the Alice Subject Springs Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday and Clinical virology Saturday the 12th – 13th of September. Who? The first session kicked off after lunch on Dr Paul Goldwater (SA Pathology, Lab the Friday with a fascinating look at cur- Medicine, CYWHS) -'Clinical and diag- rent issues concerning parasitology, fol- nostic aspects of blood borne viruses' lowed by a discourse about emerging viral Jill Carr (SA Pathology, Frome rd.)- diseases of the top end of Australia. 'Current Developments in HIV drug resistance and treatments' Once the sessions where over, delegates Allison Jilbert (University of Adelaide)- were able to indulge in a few friendly 'Hepatitis B infections - Update and drinks at the welcoming mixer followed by overview' dinner. Geoff Higgins (SA Pathology, Frome rd.) -'Viruses as STIs - a South Australian A range of topics were presented on Saturday, including information on MRSA, Streptococcal dis- perspective' ease, re-emerging bacterial pathogens and STIs. Where? The conference was closed off by a fantastic territorian BBQ dinner by the pool. Hackney Hotel , Upstairs function room Once again the conference was judged a great success by the attendees. Congratulations to all Additional information: concerned. Cocktail style food and drinks provided. Members free, non-members $20.. Each For anyone who hasn’t attended the tristate in either Darwin or Alice Springs – you don’t know what presentation approx 20min + 5 minutes you are missing! for questions, and a short (10min) break in the middle. When? Wednesday November 26, 5:30 PM for 6.00PM start. Subject Becton Dickinson 2008 Student Award night Who? Students presenting their research For further information & to Where? Flinders Medical Centre, Level 4 Semi- register your interest visit: nar area Additional information: www.gim2010.org See flyer in this newsletter When? Wednesday November 12, 5:30 PM for 6PM start. Subject Enteric Viruses Who? Green-book Seminar- Where? SA ASM Website CSIRO Additional information: The SA ASM website is now fully functional (although I will not be able to update it for the See flyer in this newsletter next couple of days because of technical issues with the server), and can be located at this address: <http://asmsa.org.au/>. The National Website at Inside this Issue: <http://www.theasm.com.au/> now links to us, and membership forms can now be 2008 Tristate meeting 1 downloaded from either site. It is intended that the website give members timely infor- Inside this issue: mation pertaining to upcoming events, as well as overviews of recent ASM related social Flyer for GIM Symposium 1 or intellectual pursuits. Flyer for Student Membership 2 Flyer for Becton Dickinson Awards 3 If members have any requests or comments about it, could they please contact Donation to Charity 3 Stephen.Davis@cywhs.sa.gov.au Green Book Seminars 4,5 Contact Committee Members 6 Attention Students! Page 2 The Australian Society for Microbiology ☺Free one-year membership if your supervisor is an ASM member. ☺Access to the journal, Microbiology Australia and the ASM members lounge on the na- tional website. ☺Discounted registration at the annual confer- ence of ASM. ☺Free admission to all local ASM scientific meetings. ☺Heavily subsidised attendance at the AGM and annual dinner. ☺Eligible to compete for nationally recognised prizes, awards and scholarships, such as the BD travel award. ☺Networking opportunities locally, nationally How do I join? SA Branch of ASM Simply go to Chair – Stephen Davis www.theasm.com.au/ Page 3 Attention Students! The Australian Society for Microbiology (SA Branch) and BD Medical Systems 2008 Student Awards th ight Wednesday 26 ovember 5.30 for 6:00 pm start Flinders Medical Centre Level 4 Seminar Area Students in any area of Microbiology are invited to present their research at this prestigious night. The two most outstanding presentations from an Honours (or above) student are awarded either the BD or the SA Branch Prize. Each winner receives the following; • The opportunity to present their paper at the national conference of the ASM, Perth July 2009. http://www.theasm.com.au • Full conference registration, return economy airfare and accommodation expenses. Approx value $2000 each recipient. All participants receive free membership to the ASM for a year. Requirements • Students are required to give a 10 minute overview of their research. • Judges will be assessing overall presentation, content, structure and timeliness. • Interested students should contact Stephen Davis, mailto:email@example.com, with their contact details and title of their presentation no later than Monday 17th ovember. This will be the final event the ASM SA Branch will be holding for 2008. All supervisors and members are encouraged to attend. A light supper will be provided for all to enjoy. RSVP by Monday 17th ovember. Car pooling to FMC can be arranged for students etc. if required. Donation to Cancer Charity Under the auspices of Chris Ossewicz, our treasurer, fi- nances for SA ASM are very good. As a result, the ASM Committee has agreed to donate $100 to Cancer Council SA ’Green Book Seminars’ Page 4 The ‘Green Book Seminars’ are a series of talks exclusively by the authors of the acclaimed book ‘Foodborne Microorgan- isms of Public Health Significance’. We have had two talks so far in Adelaide, and the reponse to them has been excel- lent. Not only is the presentation of the talks first rate, but a sumptuous spread that includes pies, pasties, rolls, cheeses and wine beforehand is a sure way to make sure that the attendees are not hungry or thirsty while listening to the speak- ers. Peter Traynor has been instrumental in getting the ASM involved in these talks, and here is his summary of this se- ries so far: This year marks the inaugural occasion where the SA Branch has been able to videolink to these seminars being held in Brisbane, under the auspices of ASM and AIFST branches. The seminars are now in their third year, and have been very popular in Queensland; the videolinking option was one that had already been taken up by the Tasmanians, and it was down to the question of suitable venue and availability. As the seminars are conducted on site at CSIRO in Brisbane, it was easiest to be able to do so through an intralink to a CSIRO site here (as is the case in Tasmania). With the assis- tance of Gary Dykes from Queensland, a local site was made possible. We are indebted to the local collaboration of CSIRO Human Nutrition and in particular Mr Peter Royle allowing this opportunity to come to fruition. They provide a superb venue, with ample room for refreshments and videoconferencing, and the technological aspects have been han- dled by them with seamless efficiency, making the meetings all the more enjoyable. We are also holding these meetings in collaboration with AIFST SA Branch, thus pooling resources and attendees, and we thank them for handling the book- ings for these meetings on our behalf. Announcements about the meetings have also been circulated to the Dairy Indus- try Association of Australia (DIAA) and the Environment Australia (formerly Environmental Health Institute of Australia), as they have a number of members to whom these topics are relevant, and are willing to pay to attend. Our first presentation was, ironically, presented by a South Australian, Dianne Davos from IMVS, on her chapter on Sal- monella. There was an informative and balanced presentation of background, serotyping, phage typing, and molecular methods, and the contextual use of these methods. Dianne was also able to apply a contextual basis to the info with a (then) current outbreak in the US. 27 people attended this meeting here, a mixture of ASM, AIFST members and as many nonmembers from DIAA, and Environmental Health Association. The format and venue were such that most were keen to come again. September we were treated to a presentation by Peter Sutherland from NSW Food Authority on Listeria. Peter spoke at length on environmental aspects of Listeria, their tenacity and their ability to produce biofilms under adverse conditions, the historical basis of detection and current technologies, and the impact of listeria out- breaks, resulting from contamination of foods - highlighted by a recent outbreak in Can- Next Meeting Details ada involving hundreds of cases and some deaths. There were 41 registrants for this meeting, and all agreed it had been worth their while. Date: Wednesday 12th November Place: CSIRO Human Nutrition, Gate 13, Kintore Avenue, Adelaide Parking: Kintore Avenue Time: 5.45pm Drinks and finger food (Sign in on arrival at Main Reception) 6.30pm Live hook up Cost (GST inc): $10 AIFST/ASM members $20 non-AIFST/ASM mem- bers RSVP Date: Friday 7th November There is one more Green Book Seminar this year, on enteric viruses. Given the impact of norovirus and other Norwalk viruses in recent times, it promises to be informative, interesting and timely. Australian Society for Microbiology S.A. Branch In conjunction with the SA Branch of Attendee Name Company Name Attendee Email Address* Status** Cost (incl. GST) Total Cost: * Required to assist with invoicing and contacting purposes ** M = Member (AIFST or ASM) NM = Non Member Payment can be made by Visa / Mastercard / American Express / Diners (Please circle) Name on the Card: ___________________________________ Organisation: ________________________________________ Card Number: ______________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________________ Address for invoice: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Expiry Date: ______/______ Security Code: _______________ Amount: $__________________ Signature: ___________________________________ Cheques can be made out to: AIFST Inc. and mailed to PO Box 6436, Alexandria NSW 2015 Please note that there will be no refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of meeting date. All events are now cashless and require payment by cheque or credit card. Payment must occur at the time of booking or the National Office can invoice upon special request. Page 6 Contact us SA Branch Chairperson Newsletter/ Website Editor Stephen Davis Stephen Davis WCH WCH Stephen.Davis@cywhs.sa.gov.au Stephen.Davis@cywhs.sa.gov.au Secretary Scientific Meetings Convenor Dr Eveline Bartowsky Peter Traynor Australian Research Institute Thermofisher Eveline.Bartowsky@awri.com.au Peter.Traynor@thermofisher.com Treasurer Student Rep Chris Ossowicz Jane Owens FMC USA Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org OWEJY001@students.unisa._ edu.au Newsletter Contributions Contributions to the newsletter are gratefully received. Please email to Stephen.Davis@cywhs.sa.gov.au Suggestions include upcoming meetings of interest, conference and meeting reports, interesting case studies or isolates, photo- graphs, quizzes, crosswords or other puzzles or any other appro- priate material that the members would enjoy reading.