American Leptospirosis Research Conference

Annual Meeting, 7-8 NOVEMBER 1997

I would like to call your attention to an upcoming meeting that could provide you with valuable information and to solicit your support. The American Leptospirosis Research Conference (ALRC) was formed in 1957 by a group of leptospirosis researchers to discuss and exchange ideas related to problems inherent in the field of leptospirosis. The ALRC as an organisation was formed the following year in response to considerable interest by other scientists. The purpose of the ALRC is to provide a forum for persons actively engaged in leptospirosis research to openly discuss results and problems. The ALRC provides a source of scientific information to all entities involved in marketing leptospiral research supplies, vaccines, and diagnostics. The ALRC has recently expanded the scope of its annual meeting to include discussions and scientific presentations regarding additional spirochetes of medical and/or veterinary importance, most notably the causative agents of swine dysentery and Lyme disease.

This meeting attracts national and international experts involved in leptospirosis and other spirochetoses. The American Leptospirosis Research Conference's 39th Annual Meeting will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 7-8, 1997 in Des Moines, IA, USA at the Holiday Inn Downtown (1056 6th Ave; 515-283-0151). For hotel reservations and hotel shuttle from the airport, call 515-283-0151 as indicate that you will be attending the ALRC meeting in order to receive the discounted room rate of $75.00 per night. Scientific presentations will be given by those willing to share their research. A tentative agenda is attached.

Sustaining membership is $200.00 per year and solidifies a very fine organisation. Executive board members receive no monetary compensation, so the entire membership fees are utilised toward maintaining a solid organisation and meeting facilities. In addition, contributions make it possible for the organisation to provide travel grants for worthy graduate students, maintain an updated bibliography and invite noted researchers in the field to our meetings. Even though your institution may not wish to be come a sustaining member at this time, we welcome additional members for an individual membership fee of $10.00 per person annually. A pre-registration fee of $35.00 is payable to the ALRC prior to the annual meeting. A late-registration fee of $45.00 is payable at the time of the meeting. All registration fees are waived to persons employed by a Sustaining member. The membership fee is not.

Information obtained from these meetings is valuable toward a globally-based co-operative effort in diagnostics, prophylaxis, and basic research of leptospirosis and other spirochetoses. So, please do not delay! Send a check today! Make your cheque payable to the American Leptospirosis Research Conference and mail it to:

American Leptospirosis Research Conference
c/o Kevin Ruby
P.O. Box 148
233 Ryan Circle
Roland, IA 50236

We look forward to seeing you or your representative at our 1997 annual meeting in Des Moines, IA. Should you desire additional information, please feel free to contact me at anytime. If you plan to attend this meeting, please contact me with the number of attendees and abstracts of any presentations no later than October 10, 1997. This will assist the executive committee in finalizing the format for the meeting.


Kevin Ruby
Office (515) 239-8655
Fax (515) 239-8673
E-mail: Kruby@APHIS.USDA.Gov

7-8 NOVEMBER 1997
Holiday Inn Downtown
1056 6th Ave

Des Moines, IA

FRIDAY, 7 November 1997

10:00 -12:00 Executive Board Meeting
1:00 - 2:00 Registration
2:00 - 2:15 Welcome and Introduction; Overview of meeting agenda
2:15 - 3:30 Epidemiology/Diagnosis Reports (Chair)
3:30 - 3:45 Break with refreshments
3:45 - 5:00 Discussion of Epidemiology/Diagnosis Reports
5:00 - 6:30 Dinner on your own
6:30 - ???? Social gathering at the Holiday Inn

SATURDAY, 8 November 1997
8:00 - 9:15 Continental Breakfast
9:15 - 10:30 Prophylaxis/Pathogenesis Reports (Chair )
10:30 - 10:45 Break with refreshments
10:45 - 12:00 Discussion of Prophylaxis/Pathogenesis Reports
12:00 - 1:00 Buffet Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Molecular Biology/Taxonomy/Nutrition Reports (Chair)
3:00 - 3:15 Break with refreshments
3:15 - 4:30 Discussion of Molecular Biology/Taxonomy/Nutrition Reports
4:30 - 5:30 Business Meeting
5:30 Adjournment

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