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Whole Genome Sequencing 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.

2022 Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) Virtual High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) Symposium
May 18-19, 2022
Virtual Meeting

Prior Events

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) 2021 General Meeting
March 1-3, 2021
Virtual Meeting

Systematizing the One Health Approach in Preparedness and Response Efforts for Infectious Disease Outbreaks, sponsored by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
February 23-25, 2021
Virtual Workshop

ASM Conference on Rapid Applied Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines
October 23-26, 2020
Washington, DC

International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 2020 Annual Meeting
August 2-5, 2020
Cleveland, OH

A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance: Confronting the Resistome in Humans, Animals, and the Environment
March 16-17, 2020
Rockville, MD

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) 2020 General Meeting
February 23-26, 2020
Marco Island, FL

Global Water and Food Safety Summit
November 19-21, 2019
College Park, MD

International Symposium on the use of nonconventional waters to achieve food security
November 14-15, 2019
Madrid, Spain

Whole Genome Sequencing in Public Health and Food Safety Practice — the 21st century is now!
October 31, 2019
Wellington, New Zealand

Food Industry Workshop on Navigating the Benefits and Barriers of Whole Genome Sequencing for Pathogen Source Tracking
September 3-4, 2019
Lausanne, Switzerland

International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 2019 Annual Meeting
July 21-24, 2019
Louisville, KY

ASM Microbe 2019
June 20-24, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Global Microbial Identifier – 12th Meeting
June 12-14, 2019

Whole Genome Sequencing: A Tutorial and Hands-on Workshop to Help Understand Its Application to Food Safety
May 6-7, 2019
Burr Ridge, IL

IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety 2019
April 25, 2019
Nantes, France

Joint Scientific Conference Anses/BfR/DTUFood/NIFDS
March 26-28, 2019
Paris, France

Pittcon Conference & Expo 2019
March 17-21, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) 2019 General Meeting
February 27-March 3, 2019
Marco Island, FL

ALAM 2018 - XXIV Latin American Congress of Microbiology
November 13-16, 2018
Santiago, Chile

2nd International Conference for Food Safety and Security
Next Generation Food Safety Technologies addressing Sustainable Development Goals
October 15-17, 2018
Pretoria, South Africa

ASM Conference on Rapid Applied Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines
September 23-26, 2018
Tysons, VA

International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 2018 Annual Meeting
July 8-11, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2018 Meeting 
June 7-11, 2018
Atlanta, GA

Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) Food Safety & High-Throughput Sequencing Symposium
May 30-31, 2018
Burr Ridge, IL

Global Microbial Identifier – 11th Meeting
May 16-18, 2018
Geneva, Switzerland

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) 2018 General Meeting
February 12-15, 2018
Orlando, FL

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

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

40th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
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 
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
July 9-12, 2017
Tampa, FL

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

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

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

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

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

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

FoodMicro 2016 Conference
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
May 11-13, 2016
Athens, Greece

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

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

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) – General Meeting
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 
November 9-13, 2015
Boston, MA

1st ASM Conference on Rapid Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines for Enhanced Molecular Epidemiologic Investigation of Pathogens
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
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
June 20-24, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
June 22, 3:30 - 5:00 PM session
Gen Next – Whole Genome Sequencing of Foodborne Microbiological Pathogens
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
May 11-13, 2015
Beijing, China

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

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

15th Annual Fera/JIFSAN Symposium 2014 - Emerging Issues in Food
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
September 11-12, 2013
Sacramento, CA

Global Microbial Identifier – 6th Meeting
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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