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Announcing the IBCWG 2022

We are happy to officially announce the 2022 International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group (IBCWG)!

The meeting will be held from August 24 – 27, 2022, at the Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Pl, Toronto, ON M5S 3K7, Canada.

We have hired the services of Rofail Conference & Management Services to be the IBCWG 2022 Meeting Organizer.  Please contact Mrs. Wafaa H. Antonious, email: wantonious@rogers.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding meeting logistics

We are currently working on getting the conference website up and running. We will send you the link to start registering and submit your abstracts as soon as they are available. We will also have virtual registration and virtual presentation available for those who cannot participate in person.  

We are in the process of contacting hotels close by to the Munks School of Global Affairs, trying to get you the best rates possible for your accommodation.  When booking your flights, you can either book flying to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)or Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ).  

Keep an eye out for future updates regarding the website and accommodation. We look forward to seeing you at IBCWG2022 in Toronto from August 24 – 27, 2022.  


Drs Liz Tullis, Silvia Cardona, and Valerie Waters

Co-chairs of the IBCWG 2022

IBCWG 2022

We are working towards holding a 2022 IBCWG conference August 24th – 27th in Toronto. Stay tuned!

IBCWG Town Hall

The Chairs of the 2022 IBCWG meeting Dr. Valerie Waters, Dr. Liz Tullis and Dr. Silvia Cardona are considering options towards the next IBCWG Meeting (cancelled in 2020 and 2021) due to the COVID pandemics. Chairs and IBCWG members were hoping to have an IBCWG meeting in Toronto in April of 2022. Unfortunately, the Omicron variant made planning very difficult.  Canada is now recovering from the Omicron wave and the country is moving slowly to lift travel and gathering restrictions. However, we are still facing a lot of uncertainty.

Dr. Silvia Cardona is calling for Town Hall Meetings to gather opinions about the situation. The meetings will be held on Zoom. If you want to attend and have not received the information, please email Dr. Cardona to obtain the corresponding link.

Tuesday, February 15, 8:30 AM (Central America)  2:30 PM (London)

Friday, February 18, 8:30 AM (Central America) 2:30 PM (London)

IBCWG 2022 Meeting

Dear all,

The co-chairs of the IBCWG 2020 meeting are working to find the best option for a 2022 meeting. We hope we can hold a hybrid meeting in Toronto during the month of April 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

Silvia Cardona

Co-chair of the IBCWG meeting

IBCWG meeting and COVID-19

As part of the ongoing preparation and management of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and given the evolving situation relating to COVID-19, the meeting organizers have decided to postpone the IBCWG meeting until it can be held safely. Additional information for attendees will be distributed soon.

IBCWG 2020 meeting

The 22nd International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group Meeting in Toronto, Canada has been postponed due to current developments with COVID-19. The co-chairs of the conference  Dr. Liz Tullis, Dr. Valerie Waters, and Dr. Silvia Cardona are working to  assess the situation and to propose a new meeting date. Mohsin Akhtar will  be responding questions regarding registration fees.








New and worthy articles by IBCWG members

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

IBCWG 2018 Group Photo

IBCWG 2018

The next IBCWG meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland on May 2-5, 2018. More details here

IBCWG 2016 group photo