Dear friends and colleagues,
We are very excited to invite you to the 22nd International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group Meeting in Toronto, Canada on April 22-25, 2020
The conference will take place at the SickKids Research Tower (Event Room 1), 686 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5G 0A4
Welcome Reception and preferred hotel:
Marriott Downtown at Eaton Centre, 525 Bay Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 2L2
Other options for hotels in the area:
Chelsea Hotel; Toronto Downtown, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON, M5G 1Z4
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 1R3
The co-chairs of the conference are Dr. Liz Tullis, Dr. Valerie Waters and Dr. Silvia Cardona. Mohsin Akhtar is helping coordinate the conference.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!
A secure link will be sent to your email. You can pay via PayPal, Credit Card or Debit.
“Early Bird Rate” for Guests – $200.00 – available until February 29th, 2020 – after this date, the fee will be $220.00.
“Early Bird Rate” for Trainees/Students – $150.00 – available until February 29th, 2020 – after this date, the fee will be $170.00.
Deadline for Registration is Tuesday, March 31st, 2020.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
19:00: Welcome Reception – Adelaide Room – Marriott Downtown CF Toronto Eaton Centre, 525 Bay St
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
18:00: Dinner – Music Room – Hart House at the University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Cir
Friday, April 24th, 2020
12:00: Afternoon Out
Take a break from the Meeting and enjoy what Toronto has to offer. Some ideas to spend time exploring the city:
Red Double-Decker Bus Tour – https://citysightseeingtoronto.com/toronto-double-decker-city-tour/
Hockey Hall of Fame – https://www.hhof.com/
CN Tower – https://www.cntower.ca/intro.html
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/
Casa Loma – https://casaloma.ca/
Art Gallery of Ontario – https://ago.ca/
Royal Ontario Museum – https://www.rom.on.ca/en
Walking Tour with the Tour Guys – http://www.tourguys.ca/free-toronto-tours
More details to follow soon!
Liz, Val and Silvia
Various Evolutionary Trajectories Lead to Loss of the Tobramycin-Potentiating Activity of the Quorum-Sensing Inhibitor Baicalin Hydrate in Burkholderia cenocepacia Biofilms, by Tom Coenye, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy here
Genome mining identifies cepacin as a plant-protective metabolite of the biopesticidal bacterium Burkholderia ambifaria by Esh Mahenthiralingam, Nature Microbiology here
Periodic Variation of Mutation Rates in Bacterial Genomes Associated with Replication Timing by Vaugh Cooper, mBio here
Biosynthesis of fragin is controlled by a novel quorum sensing signal by Leo Eberl, Nature Communications, here
The involvement of the low-oxygen-activated locus of Burkholderia cenocepacia in adaptation during cystic fibrosis infection, by Siobhan McClean, Scientific Reports here
Macrophages, but not neutrophils, are critical for proliferation of Burkholderia cenocepacia and ensuing host-damaging inflammation by Annete Vergunst, Plos Pathogens here
Thank you to all members that answered the survey. We received 70 responses. These are the highlights:
73% of the responders answered that they would likely or very likely attend to the next IBCWG.
51% of responders chose Toronto as their favorite location, while 19% chose Buenos Aires. 30% did not have a particular preference.
Among the reasons for choosing Toronto, responders mentioned proximity to their cities, cheaper flights, and constraints regarding funding for travel if the location was not within North America.
Among the reasons for choosing Buenos Aires, responders answered the importance of opening this opportunity for our colleagues in South America that may not be able to afford travel abroad.
Importantly, only 29% of responders voiced that they would unlikely or very unlikely attend the IBCWG meeting if the venue was NOT the preferred one.
In summary, we expect the next IBCWG 2020 to be held in Toronto with a minimum estimated number of 50 participants!
The complete results of the survey can be accessed through this link.
The next IBCWG meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland on May 2-5, 2018. More details here
Colleagues, we are excited for the upcoming IBCWG April 27-29th in Columbus, Ohio! Key highlights and about the conference are listed below.
-Keynote lecture by Professor Miguel Valvano entitled “Burkholderia cenocepacia: the juggling act of surviving”.
-Next generation sequencing workshop with Dr. Peter White, recent winner of the 2015 international CLARITY Undiagnosed Challenge using novel Churchill technology
-Group Dinner at Z Cucina
-Group historical tour of Columbus
-Current oral presentations from the labs of Amer, Bosch, Brinkman, Coenye, Cooper, Eberl, Goldberg, Kopp, Mahenthiralingam, Partida-Sanchez, Priebe, Ramirez, Riccardi, Ryan, and Yoder-Himes. Presentations are a blend of trainees and PIs, along with established and new Bc investigators.
The 20th Annual International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group (IBCWG) Conference will be held April 27th to April 30th 2016 at The Ohio State University, Columbus.
The meeting will take place in the Blackwell Hotel close to the OSU campus and football stadium. We have obtained a special rate for $138 USD per room per night.
This is the link and the code for booking your hotel room.