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Water Microbiology Workshop

Duncan Veal dveal at laurel.ocs.mq.edu.au
Wed Jun 9 02:03:50 EST 1993

Water Microbiology in the 21st Century.
September 21st and 22nd 1993.
Macquarie University Sydney Australia
Description of Program
Water Microbiology is no longer simply the counting of 
coliforms.  The emergence of a new range of waterborne 
pathogens such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia and Small 
Round Viruses are making Water Microbiology ever more 
challenging.  New methodologies to detect these organisms, 
which range from PCR to flow cytometry, are becoming 
available.  This workshop will discuss the epidemiology of 
these emerging pathogens; describe the new methodologies 
available to detect environmental pathogens and develop 
risk assessment models to assess the significance of the 
water borne route of transmission to infection rates in the 
community.  In the two day course 'hands on' experience in 
the latest techniques to detect specific pathogens and 
indicator organisms in environmental samples will be 
provided.  The techniques demonstrated will include PCR, 
Gene Probing and Flow Cytometry together with sample 
preparation methods.  The course will be presented by 
leading international experts from the US, UK and 
One Day Program - 21 September 1993.  
Designed for water industry management and regulatory 
authorities.  Topics will include: Water borne diseases and 
Epidemiology.  An Introduction to the New Methodology, Risk 
Assessment, Laboratory Accreditation, Rapid Detection 
Methods (including  PCR, Gene Probes and Flow Cytometry for 
Cryptosporidium, Giardia, bacteria and viruses,).
Two Day Program - 21 and 22 September 1993.  
Designed for scientific staff working in the water 
Topics will include:  Hands on demonstrations of Rapid 
Detection Methods (Including Flow Cytometry, PCR, Gene 
Probes, for protozoa, bacteria and viruses ), Waterborne 
Diseases and Epidemiology, An introduction to Risk 
Assoc. Prof.  Joan Rose,  University of South Florida,  
Tampa,  USA - Responsible for pioneering research on the 
application of  risk assesment to water microbiology.   
Dr. Colin Fricker,  Thames Water Utilities Ltd,  Reading,  
UK - Head of Thames Water microbiology group
Prof. Charles Gerba,  University of Arizona,  Tucson,  USA 
- The world authority on water virology.
Assoc. Prof. Jerry Ongerth,  University of Washington,  
Seatle,  USA - Expert on the epidemiology of the waterborne 
protozoa Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
Dr. Morteza Abbaszadegan,  American Water Works Service 
Company Inc.,  Illinois,  USA - Responsible for pioneering 
research on the use of PCR for the detection of pathogens 
in water. 
Dr. Nick Ashbolt,  Australian Water Technologies,  Water 
Board,  Sydney - Head of water microbiology projects.
Liz Fricker,  Thames Water Utilities Ltd,  Reading,  UK - 
responsible for research in the development of rapid 
detection methods for bacterial indicators.
Dr Gary Grohmann,  Australian Water Technologies,  Water 
Board,  Sydney - Australia's Authority on water virology.
Graham Vesey,  Macquarie University - Responsible for 
pioneering research in the development of flow cytometric 
detection methods for waterborne pathogens. 
For further information contact:-
Macquarie University, Continuing Education Program (02) 805 
7470 or Fax (02) 805-7480, Sydney, NSW 2109 or 
Dr. Duncan Veal, School of Biological Sciences, Macquarie 
University, Sydney, NSW 2109.  (02) 805 8185 or FAX (02) 
805 8245 E-mail dveal at ocs1.ocs.mq.edu.au
Please feel free to pass on details of this workshop to any 
of your colleges whom you think would be interested.
Is any one aware of a suitable file server for promotion of 
this workshop?  If so could they contact Dr. Duncan Veal at 
the above address.

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