WGS Events

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.

2nd ASM Conference on Rapid Applied Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines disclaimer icon
October 8-11, 2017
Washington, DC

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Public Meeting on Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) disclaimer icon
October 26-27, 2017
Washington, DC

Prior Events

40th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission disclaimer icon
July 17-22, 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
July 21, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Session
The Global Health Benefit of Using Whole Genome Sequencing on Foodborne Pathogens disclaimer icon
The session will focus on the expanding role of whole genome sequencing (WGS) technology as part of foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak response. It will present how WGS data are already being shared and used at the international level through the INFOSAN network and discuss the need for more global and formalized repository and sharing mechanisms as well as possible future CODEX related work.  The session will convene key regulatory and public health authorities, scientists and multilateral institutions to describe how the technology reshapes foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak investigations, and explore the challenges and opportunities related to global implementation.  Speakers will highlight WGS applications and workflows, outbreak detection, regulatory considerations, trade implications, development of a global data-sharing network, and metadata requirements, among others.

International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 2017 Annual Meeting disclaimer icon
July 9-12, 2017
Tampa, FL

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2017 Meeting disclaimer icon
June 1-5, 2017
New Orleans, LA

IFSH Symposium on Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for the Food Industry disclaimer icon
May 22-23, 2017
Chicago, IL

Global Microbial Identifier – 10th Meeting disclaimer icon
May 15-17, 2017
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) 2017 General Meeting disclaimer icon
February 13-16, 2017
Hollywood Beach, FL

International Conference on Global Food Safety and Antimicrobial Resistance (2016) disclaimer icon
November 13-16, 2016
Shenzhen, China

International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 2016 Annual Meeting disclaimer icon
July 31-August 3, 2016
St. Louis, MO

FoodMicro 2016 Conference disclaimer icon
July 19-22, 2016
Dublin, Ireland

International Conference on Application of Advanced Technologies on Food Safety Research
June 28-July 3, 2016
Shenzhen, China

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2016 Meeting disclaimer icon
June 16-20, 2016
Boston, MA

FAO International Symposium on the Impact of Whole Genome Sequencing and the Global Microbial Identifier – 9th Meeting disclaimer icon
May 23-25, 2016
Rome, Italy

IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety disclaimer icon
May 11-13, 2016
Athens, Greece

Conference for Food Protection – Biennial Meeting disclaimer icon
April 16-20, 2016
Boise, ID

COMPARE General Meeting and Expert Advisory Panel Meeting disclaimer icon
March 8-10, 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) – General Meeting disclaimer icon
February 10-13, 2016
Orlando, FL

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

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

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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