Targeting Phage & Antibiotic Resistance World Congress 2018 concluding remarks

The 5th World Congress on Targeting Infectious Diseases: Targeting Phage &  Antibiotic Resistance 2018 was organized in Florence, Italy in May 17-18, 2018.
During two days, more than 100 oral & poster communications were highlighted different axes and topics related to the recent advances and challenges in phage therapy, and to all innovations related to the antibiotic resistance in general.
The 5th edition was an excellent platform which gathered more than 200 participants from 33 countries, to share data, ideas, critical comments and opinions alike.
After all the high-quality presentations given by internationally renowned phage therapy and antibiotic resistance investigators as well as by young scientists and at the end of the congress, the scientific committee discerned several awards to distinguished speakers:
Scientific Achievement Award:
Prof. Richard Novick from New York University, USA was awarded for all his scientific achievements.
Prof. Novick gave a strategic presentation about “Reincarnation of a staphylococcal pathogenicity island as an antibacterial drone
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Scientific Contribution Award:
Dr Yoon Sung Nam, from Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology presented the recent advances and perspectives on Efficient in vivo phage therapy via immunological cloaking. The scientific contribution award was awarded by the scientific committee.
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Poster Presentation Award:
The third award was discerned to two young researchers:
Thomas Thompson from Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK presented a poster about “Halophiles a novel source of antimicrobial natural products
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Nika Janež from the Centre of Excellence for Biosensors, Instrumentation and Process Control, Ajdovščina, Slovenia presented the “Characteristics of healthy and acne human skin colonization by bacteriophages of propionibacterium acnes and staphylococcus epidermidis and their hosts”.
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The Abstracts book of Phage Therapy & Antibiotic Resistance 2018 is including all abstracts which were presented with oral and poster communication during the congress.
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The scientific committee took on consideration the conclusion of this congress to underline and target the new strategies for the next edition which will be held in 2019. All the practical information will be added soon on the website.
Pr Domenico Frezza,  University of Roma Tor Vergata
Local Organizer of Targeting Phage & Antibiotic Resistance