THE 3RD PRATO CONFERENCE ON 'THE PATHOGENESIS OF BACTERIAL DISEASES OF ANIMALS' WILL BE HELD IN PRATO, ITALY FROM 7TH - 10TH OCTOBER 2014.
The “Prato Conference on the Pathogenesis of Bacterial Diseases of Animals” was established by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Structural and Functional Microbial Genomics. The first two conferences in 2010 and 2012 were extremely successful in bringing together researchers working in areas relevant to the mechanisms by which bacteria cause disease in animals. The explosion of information over the past few years resulting from advances in genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, imaging and other technologies has increased our capacity to investigate bacterial pathogenesis at a cellular and molecular level. At the same time, advances in knowledge about innate and adaptive immunity have allowed an in-depth investigation of host-pathogen interactions. However, bacterial pathogenesis conferences generally have a focus on human pathogens. In contrast, the Prato VetPath conferences focus on veterinary pathogens and emphasise an integrated examination of the latest exciting data on disease epidemiology, bacterial adhesion, intracellular pathogens, extracellular pathogens and toxins, host-pathogen interactions, innate and acquired immunity, and vaccines, all as they apply to bacterial pathogens of animals.
The Monash University Prato Centre provides a superb conference setting in a relaxed and friendly environment. Its location in the city of Prato in Tuscany, Italy also provides the opportunity to explore the region and enjoy the excellent local cuisine and wine.
It is therefore my great pleasure to invite you to join us in October 2014 for a stimulating and rewarding experience, both scientifically and socially, at VetPath 2014.
Professor Ben Adler