InFORM 2015: PulseNet, OutbreakNet and Environmental Health

The Integrated Foodborne Outbreak Response and Management (InFORM) Conference will bring together laboratorians, epidemiologists and environmental health specialists involved with foodborne and enteric disease outbreak response. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Phoenix, November 17-20, 2015.

Sessions will cover surveillance and outbreak detection of enteric diseases with a focus on those caused by contaminated foods, water and animals. The program will offer combined and discipline-specific sessions as well as a keynote address and poster session.

The conference is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch and Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch; Association of Public Health Laboratories; United States Department of Agriculture; Food Safety and Inspection Service; United States Food and Drug Administration.

Invited Participants

  • Public Health laboratory personnel who are part of the PulseNet Network or are interested in standardized PFGE and next generation sequencing methods for subtyping of enteric pathogens
  • PulseNet participants from the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture/Food Safety and Inspection Service and Agricultural Research Service
  • Laboratory personnel from International Public Health Agencies who are interested in learning more about PulseNet or participating in PulseNet
  • Epidemiologists who work with data supplied by PulseNet Laboratories and investigate local or multistate outbreaks of enteric pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella sp and Listeria sp
  • Environmental Health specialists who have the responsibility for foodborne illness outbreak investigations at local, state, tribal or federal agencies or departments

Continuing education for this activity is pending. See final announcement for details.


Travel Funds:
Laboratory and epidemiology personnel that have ELC or EIP funding are expected to use those funds for travel expenses to this meeting.

Registration for this meeting is now open. The registration fee is $175.00.

This meeting will take place in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The conference rate is $113 (the 2016 federal per diem rate) single/double plus tax per night. These rate are valid until October 26, 2015 or until the block is filled. Be advised the rate has increased since the per diem rate will increase on October 1. The Monday night block is filled. There is an alternative hotel listed below for that night at $113. It has limited rooms.

As more information becomes available, we will update this page and activate the links below:

Agenda & Lodging


Online Registration has closed. If you still need to register for this meeting, you can do so onsite in Phoenix. You may download a form below and complete it to speed the process onsite.



  • PulseStar Award Summary and Nomination Form
  • Kati Kelley Award and Nomination Form
  • IHRC Award Summary and Nomination Process

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government.

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