Upcoming Events

Below you will find upcoming events at which FDA will either be 1) presenting information on foodborne pathogen whole genome sequencing, its applications, and its positive public health impact, or 2) otherwise participating in discussions related to foodborne pathogen whole genome sequencing. The information presented by FDA may include but is not limited to experiences and observations drawn from its foodborne pathogen whole genome sequencing research program and the GenomeTrakr network.

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene disclaimer icon 
November 9-13, 2015
Boston, MA

FAO Expert Workshop to Develop Case Studies on the Use of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) on Food Safety Management
December 7-8, 2015
Rome, Italy

Prior Events

1st ASM Conference on Rapid Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines for Enhanced Molecular Epidemiologic Investigation of Pathogens disclaimer icon
September 24-27, 2015
Washington, DC 

GenomeTrakr Network Consortia Meeting (PDF: 36KB)
September 23-24, 2015
Washington, DC 

ASM Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) Meeting disclaimer icon
September 18-21, 2015
San Diego, CA 

International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting disclaimer icon
July 25-28, 2015
Portland, OR 

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo disclaimer icon
July 11-14, 2015
Chicago, IL

Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Conference disclaimer icon
June 20-24, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
June 22, 3:30 - 5:00 PM session
Gen Next – Whole Genome Sequencing of Foodborne Microbiological Pathogens disclaimer icon
This session will provide an overview of an emerging new tool to identify, target and link pathogens to reduce foodborne outbreak incidents. Regulators will provide a perspective on when and how whole genome sequencing will be used to enhance and support their outbreak investigation and associated enforcement actions. For industry, this new technology could be used as a preventative tool to understand transient and/or established populations in your operations. 

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) General Meeting disclaimer icon
May 30 - June 1, 2015
New Orleans, LA 

Global Microbial Identifier – 8th Meeting disclaimer icon
May 11-13, 2015
Beijing, China

Global Microbial Identifier – 7th Meeting disclaimer icon
September 11-14, 2014
York, UK

EFSA's 20th Scientific Colloquium disclaimer icon
June 16-17, 2014
Parma, Italy

15th Annual Fera/JIFSAN Symposium 2014 - Emerging Issues in Food disclaimer icon
June 9-11, 2014
Sand Hutton, York, UK

Next Generation Sequencing Network for Food Pathogen Traceability Project
September 23-24, 2013
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

The 2nd International Conference on Genomics in the Americas disclaimer icon 
September 11-12, 2013
Sacramento, CA

Global Microbial Identifier – 6th Meeting disclaimer icon
September 9-10, 2013
Sacramento, CA
Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, UC Davis Campus
Conveners: GMI / US Food & Drug Administration / UC Davis 100k pathogen genome project
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.

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