Acinetobacter spp., and A. baumannii in particular, continues to be a major nosocomial pathogen in the hospital setting. The new methodologies, especially proteomics and genomics, are constantly providing important information about the taxonomy, antimicrobial resistance, virulence and biology of this genus, all of which has made it possible to develop new strategies for treating infections caused by multi- and extensively-drug resistant isolates and for the surveillance and control of nosocomial outbreaks. Interesting new fields for exploration associated with this bacterium include the potential role of adjuvant therapies to supplement the effects of antimicrobial agents, the role of phages in the biology of A. baumannii, or the development of immunotherapy, among others. To share all the latest developments and information concerning Acinetobacter spp. is the main objective of the International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter, which began in 1986. This symposium has always provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the basic, epidemiological, clinical, and therapeutic aspects of this microorganism and its infections. It is also an excellent scenario for young scientists and students in this field to present and exchange information with more experienced scientists.
The 11th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter will be held in Seville (Spain). Located in Andalusia, in the South of Spain, Seville is a beautiful city, with a magnificent heritage that is the result of the presence and mix of different cultures during its long history. Its monuments and light-hearted way of life are particularly enjoyable at the end of September. We invite all of you to join the Acinetobacter family in Seville in 2017. We will be making every effort to provide an attractive Scientific Programme and the right atmosphere in which to work hard and play harder.
We look forward
to seeing you in Seville!
Alvaro Pascual MD, PhD
Head of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
University Hospital Virgen Macarena
Full Professor of Microbiology
University of Seville
Jerónimo Pachón MD, PhD
Head of Infectious Diseases Service
University Hospital Virgen del Rocío
Full Professor of Medicine
University of Seville
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