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Final Announcement:

USOM Meeting July 11-12, 2019 La Jolla CA

Posted on July 2, 2019

Meeting dates, venue and amenities


Dates: Thurs July 11 through Fri July 12

LocationThe J. Craig Venter Institute

                   4120 Capricorn Lane

                   La Jolla, CA  92037

We welcome you to the 5th biennial meeting of the USOM at the JCVI. The conference has been designed to facilitate scientific exchange and collaboration through an informal atmosphere and interactive format. There will be ample, adjacent space for breakout groups, table talk and poster viewing throughout the meeting. We plan to have morning snacks and lunches on site. For those interested, we will arrange a tour of our award-winning LEED-certified research facility . On Thursday evening, you are invited to attend a free gathering for food, beverage and schmoozing at a local brewery, all included as part of your registration. Note that accompanying members will be charged $20 to attend, payable at registration. We will pool rides with Uber/Lyft to and from this event.


Hotel and Transportation to the Conference


Most attendees will be staying at the Hotel La Jolla ( It is a 10-15 minute walk to the beach and a cluster of shops/restaurants at La Jolla Shores, and a 5-10 minute ride to La Jolla Village.


A 10-minute drive will bring you from the hotel to the meeting venue at JCVI. There is NO available parking at the JCVI and street parking in the area is very limited. We strongly recommend that attendees pool and commute to the meeting by public transportation. Lyft and Uber operate, as well as traditional taxis. Be sure to designate “ Capricorn LANE” and “Zip 92037” for GPS directions to the JCVI; also, Capricorn Lane is entered from Expedition Way. The hotel does have a limited shuttle service, but it is on a first-come-first-served basis and likely cannot transport many registrants in a timely manner. Please check the hotel parking policies if you plan to rent a car. Attendees lodging elsewhere should arrange appropriate transportation.

On arrival at JCVI, please press “Call Button” by the front entrance. Let the Receptionist know you are here for the meeting and she will unlock the door. Please walk up one short flight of stairs or take the elevator to “1st Floor Reception.”

Scientific Program and Schedule

Meeting format

We have organized the 2019 gathering of the USOM to encourage maximum participation and sharing of information by all attendees, no matter what background or level of expertise and training you may bring. It may be a bit different from traditional conferences. We particularly look forward to your active and collective input in identifying and sharing current advances, new directions and knowledge gaps in our field. The schedule of activities below reflects these goals, especially allowing ample time for discussion and feedback. Please pay attention to the issues below to facilitate this.


Abstracts and Posters

Abstracts are available for viewing and download from this URL:;

also via a link indicated on the USOM meeting site. Each abstract is expected to generate a poster. Each abstract in this repository has been assigned a number; this is the poster number and will be used to guide presenters to the location for placement at the meeting. Posters will be set up in the morning of arrival and displayed throughout the meeting. As previously indicated, due to space limitations, we prefer Portrait Orientation for posters, with the following guidelines:

Width max:         ~3 feet

Height max:        ~4 feet

Push pins will be provided

(If necessary [e.g. a poster is already produced] Landscape Orientation with similar respective dimensions may be accommodated)


PowerPoint slide decks encouraged

We invite everyone to bring a thumb drive containing a concise PowerPoint slide deck (maximum 6 slides) that summarizes your most important findings, a recent paper of interest, or any other issues that you might like to discuss. Over the course of the meeting we will collectively identify several interest group sessions where you may wish to share this information. Summaries of these sessions may also be developed and presented.


Self-introductory slides

An important feature of this meeting is to know, at the outset, who is attending and where your various interests lie. We encourage you to submit a brief Introductory slide, using the simple template and instructions you will find at this URL: At the opening session we will share these and ask (all) attendees to briefly (in 30-60 seconds!) tell us about themselves and their interests. Participants of all backgrounds and levels, and even accompanying persons, are encouraged to submit a slide. This is important for the meeting and is a lot of fun.

Tentative schedule

(Some times are approximate and may be rearranged to accommodate off-site video contributors)


Thurs July 11

8:00        Register, poster set-up, morning snacks

9:00        Welcome, meeting overview, SELF-INTRODUCTIONS (see above)

10:00     Identify then refine interest areas, as a group

10:30     First Interest group breakout sessions

12:00     Box lunches and mingle

1:00        Comments by the Meeting Sponsor

1:15        Session for invited podium presentations

3:30        Poster browsing; subgroups discuss and mingle

5:00        Tours of JCVI facilities

6:00        Organize car pools (via Uber/Lyft etc.) to dinner

7:00        Arrive dinner (depart dinner on your own)


Friday July 12

9:00        Morning snacks, mingle, overview of day’s schedule

9:30        Discussion of funding opportunities (with agency Program Officers via video links)

10:30     Interest groups re-form (or reorganize) and summarize findings

12:00     USOM 2019 Group Photo, Lunch, revisit posters as needed

1:30        Interest group representatives present summaries to all attendees

3:00        IOM 2020 Tel Aviv Announcement

3:15        USOM Organizational meeting

4:30        Farewells on the veranda


Our Meeting Sponsor


This meeting is supported by a generous contribution from QIAGEN










Program Planning Group:

Mary Brown

Steve Geary

John Glass

Kim Wise


USOM Officers:

Mitchell Balish, Chair

Meghan May, Secretary General


Schematic representation of Mycoplasma pneumoniae based on simultaneous  transcriptomic, proteomic, and tomography studies in one of the first complete "systems biology" reports [Image: Kuhner et al., 2009]

Septic joint in a chicken with avian mycoplasmosis due to Mycoplasma synoviae  [Image: Ferguson-Noel 2010]

Chest X-ray indicating "walking pneumonia" caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, in a human [Image: Lukesh Guglani]

House finch conjunctivitis caused by Mycoplasma gallisepticum following a host jump from poultry serves as an excellent model for studying emerging infectious diseases [Image:Ley et al., 1997]

A colony of  Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. capri  JCVIsyn1.0, the world's first synthetically  created organism [Image: Gibson et al., 2010]

Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, a feature of porcine respiratory disease complex, attaching to swine cilia to establish infection 

[Image: F. C. Minion]

Ribosomal phylogram  representing all 3 domains of life.  The class Mollicutes (indicated) show the deepest branches, and appear to be among the most rapidly evolving living things [Image: M. May, via iTOL]

Scanning electron microscopy images of  Mycoplasma amphoriforme in process of dividing, as indicated by multiple attachment organelles 

 [Image: Hatchel et al., 2006]

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