This message announces two significant, "hands-on" workshops to be
held on July 1l and July 12, 1996 in Raleligh, North Carolina:
July 11 - Identification of Gram Negative Bacteria
This one day workshop emphasizes the identification of miscellaneous
Gram-negative bacteria using conventional biochemical tests of the
King/Weaver protocol. Lectures will present mechanisms of tests.
Participants will read test results and identify cultures. Rapid
tests and new methodologies such as fatty acid analysis and
molecular epidemiology will also be discussed.
July 12 Identification of Medically Important Gram-Positive Rods
The role of Gram-positive rods in infectious disease and the laboraory
techniques for their identification will be presented in this one
day workshop. Instructors will discuss this diverse group of
aerobic and facultatively anaerobic bacteria and the identification
which has been patterned after the Elizabeth King protocol discussed
on July 11. Both conventional and rapid methods will be included in
the "hands-on" portion of the laboratory. There will be a lecture on
cellular fatty acid analylsis as a relatively new identification
method. Molecular typing, a powerful newly emerging epidemiology
tool, will also be discussed.
Faculty for both of these programs will be Suzanne Barth, Ph.D. with
the Bureau of Laboratories of the Texas Department of Health and
Susan Gibson, M(ASCP), retired from the Bureau of Laboratories.
The fee for each workshop is $100 if paid before June 10th or $120
after June 10th. Participants may attend both programs for $190 if
registered prior to June 10th or for $230 after that date.
For more information or to register, please contact
Laboratory Improvement Section
North Carolina Public Health Laboratory
Raleigh, NC 27611-8047
jharris at laba.tdh.state.tx.us