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Bacterial Signaling: from bench to clinical applications

In the week of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day

The conference on Bacterial Signaling is an initiative to mark the European Antibiotic Awareness Day. It will bring together experts in the field of bacterial communication to discuss possibilities for signaling interference as novel antimicrobial strategies. By sending out signals known as pheromones or ‘quorum-sensing signals’, bacteria can adapt quickly to their environment and control virulence expression. Is it possible for us to participate in bacterial conversation?

Our aim is to promote exchange of ideas and stimulate collaborative initiatives in the field. The themes covered will range from exciting discoveries on new bacterial pheromones to the development of compounds that switch off bacterial signaling.


Speaker list:

9:00 Registration Open


9:10 Opening remarks


9:15 Ulf Dahle, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Dawn of the antibiotic era


9:40 Morten Lindbæk, Antibiotikasenteret for primærmedisin (ASP)

Antibiotic consumption and resistance in Norway

10:10 Donald Morrison, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

The challenge of antibacterial therapy: adaptable, evolving bacteria are naturally moving targets


11:00 Coffee break


11:15 Rozenn Gardan, Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA), France

Short coding sequences in Gram-positive bacterial genomes: how many and what for?

12:00 Poster teasers*


12:15 - 13:00 Lunch / Poster session


13:00 Tom Defoirdt, Ghent University, Belgium

Quorum sensing disruption to control bacterial disease: aquaculture as a case study 


13:45 Evelien Wynendaele, Ghent University, Belgium

Cross-talk between human microbiome and mammalian cells: quorum-sensing peptides do influence metastasis of cancer cells


14:30 Niels Høiby, University of Copenhagen, Danmark

Interference with biofilms and quorum sensing as targets to reduce chronic inflammation

15:20 Closing session


* The poster section will take place at lunch time. Research related to antimicrobial resistance and/or alternative strategies to fight infections are welcome! Before lunch, poster presenters will have the opportunity to have a 1-2 min presentation of their work in the "poster teaser" section.


Please register to the Conference by completing this form:

Registration form



Professor Fernanda C. Petersen -

With support from MLS and the Faculty of Dentistry, UiO

Published Oct. 17, 2014 2:05 PM - Last modified May 13, 2015 2:23 PM