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4th Conference: Clostridia: from old diseases to new threats - basic science meets infectious diseases

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Opening lecture at 18:30

The discovery of Clostridium and its clinical impact. An insight in the history of medicine

Roland Koerner, Sunderland, UK


Monday, 6 October 2008 

Clostridiain in general, their toxins and other pathogenicity factors

Basis of the mode of action of clostridial toxins

Michel-Robert Popoff, Institut Pasteur, Paris, F

Insights into the mechanism of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) receptor binding and substrate cleavage from a structural perspective

Axel T. Brunger, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford, USA

C. perfringens epsilon-toxin

Juan Blasi, Barcelona, ES

Comparative genomics of clostridia and pathogenic properties

Holger Brüggemann, Berlin, DE


Tuesday, 7 October 2008

C. difficile

Clostridium difficile: an overview of the changes in our understanding the organism over the last 30 years<

Maja Rupnik, Institute of Public Health, Maribor, Slovenia

C. difficile - the wider perspective (humans, animals, environment)

Viveca Baverud, Uppsala, SE

Clostridium difficile: an overview of the disease, host defences, risk factors and changing host susceptibility

Ian R. Poxton, Centre for Infectious Diseases, Edinburgh, UK

Clinical spectrum of Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) and the emergence of hypervirulent strains

Ed J. Kuijper, Centre for Infectious Diseases, Leiden, NL


Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Clostridia: clinical issues

Clostridial infections in the immunocompromised host

David Dockrell, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK

Emerging clostridial infections in USA

L. Clifford McDonald, Atlanta, USA

Clostridia in cancer therapy

Jan Theys, Maastricht, NL

Toll-like receptors and intestinal inflammation

William F. Stenson, St-Louis, USA


Thursday, 9 October 2008

Bus leaving to the airport at 8:00 a.m.

Afternoons are dedicated to oral presentations and posters

(see under abstracts & lectures)

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