Overview: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the Research and Production Center for Microbiology and Virology (RPCMV) within the Ministry of Education and Science, Kazakhstan, will convene a regional scientific workshop in Almaty from April 18-19, 2019, entitled: “Alternative Approaches to Combatting Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR).”  The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), Kazakhstan, will be a cosponsor.


Focus: The focus of this workshop will be to discuss research advances and opportunities to combat Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR).  Topics range from (1) the fundamental basis of AMR to novel approaches for combatting AMR - such as through (2) discovery of new antibiotics, (3) potential use of bacteriophages for prevention and therapy of bacterial infections, and (4) research resources available to study AMR, including genomics and bioinformatics tools.


ObjectivesThe objectives of this workshop are to share current research findings and foster existing and potential international research collaborations that engage investigators and institutions in the Eurasia region and the United States. Workshop will also provide information on NIH research resources in the topical areas.


The two-day workshop will include oral presentations from invited speakers and poster presentations from other meeting applicants. 


Participants: This regional workshop aims to engage investigators and institutions from Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and the United States. The workshop may be attended by researchers of all levels, government and public officials, and representatives from academia and other public and private institutions. Ideal participants include advanced researchers from public and private academic biomedical research institutions. 


All participants, including invited speakers, are required to register at this workshop website.  Those interested in presenting posters must submit abstracts at this registration website. Based on abstract merit review, twenty applicants will be selected for poster presentation.  Further details about the workshop will be provided after successful completion of registration.


Sponsors: NIAID/NIH from the United States, and RPCMV and ISTC from Kazakhstan will be co-sponsoring these workshops. RPCMV, along with Kazakhstan’s National Academy of Sciences, will be the local hosts.


Scientific Agenda: The scientific agenda for these workshops is under development by a joint planning committee between Kazakhstan and the United States. The workshop will be conducted in English however simultaneous Russian translation will be provided.

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