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asm2014: Five Things Not to Miss at ASM’s 114th General Session

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 10:05:00 AM

asm2014 Five Things Not To Miss

We’ve been looking forward to asm2014 since we took down our booth last year!

There’s always something new and exciting to learn at ASM’s annual General Meeting. For 2014 there are dozens of sessions dedicated to myriad topics in the world of microbiology as they apply to this year's theme: “the central role of microbes in the biosphere."

Though we’d love to make it to all of them, we’ve put together a roster of symposia and events that we think will be of particular interest to our customers and partners. Check out this list of five things you don't want to miss at asm2014.

And for the full list of sessions and symposia, check out the asm2014 General Meeting Program Planner and the full Diagnostic Microbiology & Epidemiology Program. We’re looking forward to learning with you at asm2014!

1. Stuck in the Middle: Do Clinical Laboratories Have a Responsibility for Public Health Testing

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On Sunday, May 18, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., clinical and 

public health microbiologists will face off in a debate-style session on finding an appropriate balance between capitalizing on advanced laboratory technologies and maintaining traditional testing techniques. According to the session description on, this there will be three main topics up for debate:

"1. The risks and rewards of eliminating viral culture capability in the diagnostic virology laboratory...

2. The impact of MALDI-TOF, next-generation sequencing and other newer techniques in diagnostic microbiology...

3. The consequences of utilizing rapid diagnostics such as multiplex assays, molecular panels and point-of-care tests on patient care and community health..."

2. Era of Microbiology Consolidation: Approach, Challenges, Consideration

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In another interactive session Monday, May 19, from 8 to 10:30 a.m., speakers will present and discuss the, “lack of consensus on the best practices for handling specimen processing and where certain ancillary testing services should reside.” 

This presentation is especially timely. As labs continue to increase the number of facilities that they serve, standardization of processes becomes essential to ensuring the highest levels of quality control and patient care. The abstract also notes that these questions will become very important as laboratories and facilities adjust to the financial burdens of the United States’ changing healthcare landscape. 

3. Advances in Clinical Microbiology: Notes from the Bench

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In this session Tuesday, from 8 to 10:30 a.m., speakers will discuss the implementation and use of new technologies in clinical microbiology labs. The session will cover everything from new workflow adoption to operational challenges; and will include a specific analysis of MALDI-ToF mass spectrometers. Finally, the session will discuss the increasingly relevant implementation of laboratory automation in clinical microbiology settings. 

4. Point-of-Care Testing for Infectious Disease in Resource-Limited Setting

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When laboratory resources are limited, testing for infectious diseases becomes a difficult and drawn-out process. Therefore, the development of new methods for point-of-care testing is an area of increasing importance in the field of clinical microbiology. 

This session Tuesday from 2 to 4:30 p.m., will discuss the overall goals of point-of-care testing in settings where resources are limited, then dive into specific technologies like POC tuberculosis testing. Lastly, in resource-limited landscapes, cost is almost always an issue. This session will close with a discussion of new low-cost developments for POC testing in these environments. 

5. Puritan Medical Products Rev-Elution at Booth #640

Finally, we invite all asm2014 attendees to stop by Puritan Medical Products’ booth (#640) for the unveiling of a high-impact demonstration of the efficacy of Puritan products; plus free samples and even an interactive demo of our new iPad microsite for Puritan distributors. 

Stop by to learn more about our patented HydraFlock® and PurFlock Ultra® flocked swabs, or to snag a few samples of our Liquid Amies and UniTranz-RT™ media transport systems.


Topics: Puritan, Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

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