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Wednesday November 28th, 2007

5.00pm - 7.00pm
Registration of participants

7.00pm - 8.15pm
Welcome Speech

Opening Lecture

John J. Mekalanos, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Rita Colwell, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Welcome Cocktails (hall of the conference centre)

Thursday November 29th, 2007

8.00am - 8.30am
Opening Welcome desk
8.30am - 12.20
Session 1: Biodiversity
Chairmans: Fabiano Thompson and Martin Polz

8.30: David W. Ussery, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
On the origins of a bacterial species

9.10: Fabiano Thompson, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Online electronic taxonomy of vibrios: problems and solutions for discriminating the fuzzy species V. harveyi and V. campbellii

9.30: Michele Nishiguchi, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, USA
Evolutionary consequences of an environmentally transmitted squid/vibrio mutualism: does selection favor host specificity or ecological specialization?

9.50 - 10.20: Coffee-break

10.20: Douglas Bartlett, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, USA
Cholix toxin and indole-mediated cell-cell communication in environmental strains of Vibrio cholerae

11.00: Angelo DePaola, Food and Drug Administration, Dauphin Island, USA
Molecular phylogenetics of Vibrio parahaemolyticus strains by Multilocus Sequence

11.20: Yechezkel Kashi, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Chironomids-Vibrio cholerae connection

Session 2: Genetics and Genomics
Chairmans: David Ussery and Gary Schoolnik

11.40: Tetsuya Iida, Osaka University, Japan
Pathogenic mechanism and comparative genomics of
Vibrio parahaemolyticus

12.20 - 1.50pm Group photo + Lunch
1.50pm - 3.20pm

Poster Session #1

3.20pm - 5.50pm
Session 2: Genetics and Genomics (continuation)

3.20: Matthew K. Waldor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, USA
Title to be announced

4.00: François-Xavier Barre, CNRS, Centre de Génétique Moléculaire, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Importance of the Xer/FtsK system of terminal segregation for virulence and pathogenicity in vibrios

4.20 - 4.50: Coffee-break

4.50: Erik Hjerde, University of Tromso, Norway
The complete genome sequence of the fish pathogen Vibrio salmonicida strain LFI1238

5.10: Brian Hammer, Princeton University, EU
Regulatory small RNAs circumvent the conventional quorum sensing pathway in pandemic Vibrio cholarae

5.30: Claudia Reich, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Comparative genomics of Vibrio

7.00pm Departure for the dinner-cruise (by bus in front of the Institut Pasteur)

Friday November 30th, 2007

8.15am - 8.50am
Opening Welcome desk
8.50am - 12.30

Session 2: Genetics and Genomics (continuation and end)

8.50: Edward G. Ruby, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Genome-wide approaches to understanding specificity and persistence in Vibrio
light-organ symbioses

Didier Mazel, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
DNA single strand and integron cassette dynamics in
Vibrio species

10.10 - 10.40: Coffee-break

Session 3: Ecology and Application
Chairmans: Diane McDougald and Eugene Rosenberg

Debra Milton, Umea University, Umea, Sweden
Colonization of Rainbow Trout Skin by Vibrio anguillarum

11.20: Dean-A. Rowe-Magnus, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Canada
Vibrio vulnificus diguanylate cyclase, GcpA, regulates biofilm formation by inducing the biosynthesis of a novel exopolysaccharide.

11.40: Dirk Gevers, Massachusetts Institue of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Estimation of bounds of gene flow by homologous recombination among coastal Vibrio isolates

12.00: Gunnar Sandström, Karolinska Institutet and Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Sweden
Vibrio cholerae-acanthamoeba castellanii interaction showing endosymbiont-host relation

12.20: Maria del Mar Lleo, University of Verona, Italy
VibrioSea Project: a satellite-based early warning system to monitor and prevent vibrios-related diseases in the Mediterranean basin

12.40 - 2.00pm
2.00pm - 3.30pm

Poster Session #2

3.30pm - 6.40pm
Session 4: Disease and Epidemiology (human)
Chairmans: Shah Faruque and Karl Klose

3.30: G. Balakrish Nair, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, India
Molecular basis of the emergence of a new more severe form of cholera

4.10: M. Stephen Trent, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, USA
Vibrio cholerae modify their cell surface in response to environmental stimuli

4.30 - 5.00: Coffee-break

5.00: Gary K. Schoolnik, Stanford University, USA
Vibrio cholerae
virulence gene expression is controlled by a bistable switch

Thandavarayan Ramamurthy, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, India
Vibrio fluvialis: an emerging pathogen in causing acute diarrhea in Kolkata, India

6.00: Joon Haeng Rhee, Chonnam National University Medical School, Jeonnam, South Korea
Vibrio vulnificus RTX toxin kills host cells only after contact of the bacteria and host cells

6.20: James D. Oliver, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Why does the C-genotype of vibrio vulnificus cause human infection and why does the E-genotype predominate in oysters?

Saturday December 1st, 2007

8.00pm - 8.30pm
Opening Welcome desk
Session 5: Disease and Epidemiology (non human)
Chairmans: Brian Austin and Jorge Crosa

8.30: Eugene Rosenberg, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
From bacterial bleaching to the hologenome theory of evolution

9.10: Brian Austin, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
Vibrio harveyi: a significant pathogen of marine vertebrates and invertebrates (and humans)

9.50: Colin B. Munn, University of Plymouth, UK
Quorum sensing in vibrios associated with corals

10.10: James M. Cervino, Pace University & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
Identification of a consortium of closely related Vibrio species and the links between thermal stress, coral reef and shell-fish diseases

10.30 - 11.00: Coffee-break

11.00: Jorge H. Crosa, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, EU
Reactivation of the vanchrobactin siderophore system of Vibrio anguillarum by removal of a chromosomal insertion sequence originated in plasmid pJM1 encoding the anguibactin siderophore system

11.20: Cynthia T. Hedreyda, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Diliman, Philippines
Mutation in the periplasmic domain of ToxR produced truncated protein implicated in producing non-pathogenic strains of Vibrio harveyi.

11.40: Conclusion and next meeting discussion