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Global Microbial Identifier (GMI) Meeting #6.

Date: 9-10 September

Conveners: GMI/ US Food & Drug Administration/UC Davis 100k pathogen genome project

Where: Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, UC Davis Campus

Purpose: To determine a path forward for how to establish a globally distributed system and follow up on the previous GMI meetings. These meetings are primarily for collaboration and integration across international borders.

Discussions: will focus on solutions to questions and challenges surrounding the deployment of next-generation genomic typing tools for public health and clinical disease cluster detection on a global scale. Specific topics for discussion will include: the working groups defined in earlier meetings; Political and financial challenges, Repository and storage of data, Analytical approaches, Ring trials and QA/QC and Pilot projects. Intermixed with the working groups reporting and updating a few examples will be presented on advances in the field since our last meeting in Copenhagen DK. Detailed instructions for breakout discussions will be provided prior to the meeting.

Expected outcome: A series of updated road map statements focused on establishing a global disease outbreak detection system using a worldwide network of shared genomic information for bacterial, viral, and parasitic microorganisms AND a commitment from various institutions for working together on developing such a database. Progress from the various committees will be reported, and a revised strategic plan will be drafted and presented. Governance strategies for the GMI also will be discussed.

The 2nd International Conference on Genomics in the Americas

Date: 11-12 September

Where: Sacramento, CA
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Next Generation Sequencing Network for Food Pathogen Traceability Project

Date: 23-24 September

Where: Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD