Reports on either bacteria,
microbial parasites or viruses
can be submitted.
Antimicrobial chemistry (experimental and
computational). Analytical detection of antibiotics in complex
Synthesis and screening of novel chemical compounds for
antimicrobial action. Natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic
antibiotics. Analogs. Structural determination.
In-silico/ab-initio/de-novo antimicrobials discovery. New
targets for antimicrobials. Rational design of antimicrobials.
Bioinformatics and comparative genomics for the identification
of antimicrobial targets…
Antimicrobial natural products.
Antimicrobial substances from terrestrial
and marine organisms. Antimicrobial peptides. Antimicrobial
enzymes. Essential oils. Bioactive phytochemicals. Plant/Herbal
extracts. Purification. Structural determination…
Antimicrobials mechanisms of
Methods and Techniques.
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),
Plasmodium parasites, Plasmodium falciparum, Leishmania species,
Klebsiella pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae,
baumannii, Cryptococcus, Escherichia coli O157:H7,
spp., Enterobacter sakazakii, Serratia spp.,
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Fluoroquinolone-Resistant
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (FQRP)...
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…
Bacteriophages. Phage therapy and
biocontrol in humans, animals (agriculture-farm animals,
aquaculture), plants, food industry… Materials functionalization
with bacteriophages. Using bacteriophages for microbiological
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...
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...
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...
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…
feature: WORKSHOP "Biocides: do they
select for antimicrobial resistance?"
Chair: Dr. Marco Oggioni, Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology
and Biotechnology, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Siena (UNISI),
Co-chair: Prof. JosÚ Luis MartÝnez, Spanish Center for
Biotechnology (CNB), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC),
Full information on speakers and talks in this Workshop will be
provided by mid-September.
Techniques and Methods.
Susceptibility Testing. Rapid microbial
and resistance detection. Detection of antibiotics in
environmental samples. Microscopy, microanalysis & spectroscopy,
single-cell studies, high-throughout 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…
The Intelligent war.
Interfering microbe-microbe communication
(quorum sensing) as antimicrobial strategy.
Strengthening of innate immune
system as antimicrobial strategy.
immunomodulating agents, cytokines (interleukins,
colony-stimulating factors, interferons…), hormones…
Novel vaccines for preventing or treating disease…
Pre-clinical and clinical trials.
Public awareness, learning &
teaching, influence on policy-makers.
Regional regulatory frameworks and experiences on