3rd Biennial Meeting: San Antonio, TX, June 2015
1st Semi-Annual Virtual Meeting: November 10th, 2020
2 P.M. - 5 P.M., EST
TOPIC: Vaccine Research and Development
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many scientific meetings including the biennial IOM Congress were cancelled. USOM leadership has decided to host small, focused virtual meetings to maintain connections and foster further collaborations within the mycoplasmology community. Registration is free but requested.
As useful as videoconferencing can be in some situations, and despite the efficiency it offers in terms of reducing the need for travel, it cannot replace the value of physical participation in a scientific conference.
Conference attendees might hear a talk that catalyzes an 'aha moment.' It may come from sitting in on a session whose topics are purportedly tangential at best. But as most of us have learned, interesting ideas can spring from listening outside the box.
Many other scientific societies and associations –particularly those in the basic sciences –feature a number of programs to get student involved in their disciplines. Although the advent of the e-mail has largely supplanted the necessity of face-to-face conversations, this cross-fertilization of ideas still takes place during academic conferences.
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
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]