​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2022 GenomeTrakr Meeting | ​October 19–20, 2022

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) will convene the 2022 GenomeTrakr Meeting from October 19–20, 2022 in College Park, MD. This will be an in-person meeting only.

The meeting will bring together public health and university laboratories who contribute to the FDA’s GenomeTrakr network, the first distributed network of laboratories utilizing whole genome sequencing for pathogen characterization. Meeting participants will learn to use new data generation and analysis tools, network with their peers, discuss best practices and common challenges, and learn about how their data is utilized to detect and speed up the response to foodborne outbreak investigations.

Atte​n​​​dees​

This is an "invitation only" meeting. The email providing the registration link will serve as the invitation to the meeting. If you have not receive​​d an invitation to attend this meeting, please do not continue with the registration process. You will not be admitted. Do not send any information regarding this meeting to non-GenomeTrakr partners or individuals outside of the network. 

COVID-19 Protocols

In an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy, we highly encourage all meeting attendees to wear well-fitting masks (preferably KN95 or better) throughout the meeting. We ask that all attendees COVID test themselves prior to the start of the meeting. Extra masks are available at the Registration desk. If you begin to feel unwell, please go to the Registration desk or find an APHL staff member as soon as possible. There are a limited number of COVID-19 rapid test kits available for anyone who begins to feel unwell during the meeting. You may want to bring your own tests with you to have in your hotel room.

Vaccinated attendees
All vaccinated attendees will be asked to show either physical or photographic proof of their CDC vaccination card at registration.

Unvaccinated attendees
All unvaccinated attendees will be asked to show either physical or photographic proof of an approved waiver from their employer—APHL will not grant waivers to attendees. Unvaccinated attendees must test COVID negative (rapid test) on the day of departure prior to attending the in-person meeting and show physical or photographic proof of the negative COVID test at registration.

Please note: APHL will not keep waiver or negative test records on file.​

Registrat​ion

Registration is now open. Advance registration through APHL is required to attend the ​GenomeTrakr Meeting, but registration is complimentary for all attendees.​​​

GalaxyTrakr Traini​​ng​

There will be a GalaxyTrakr Tools Demonstration training held following the meeting on Friday, Otober 21 in collaboration with JIFSAN. Seats are limited to 20–24 attendees, although a waiting list will available for those interested.

A GalaxyTrakr introductory training session will be held for new users in the weeks before the GenomeTrakr Meeting. More information still to come.

Travel

​​The meeting will commmence at 1:30 pm ET on Wednesday, October 19 and adjourn at 3:00 pm ET on Thursday, October 20. Please plan on taking flights that depart after 5:00 pm ET on October 20. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions and avoid early departures.​

Funding

FDA-funded grantees are expected to use their Cooperative Agreement funds to support travel, lodging and other per diem expenses associated with participating in this meeting.

​Consent to Use Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at participation at this meeting constitutes an agreement by the registrant to FDA's and APHL's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant's or attendees's image or voice, without compensation, in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproduction and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Hotel

​APHL has negotiated a block of rooms at $159.00 per night at the Hotel at the University of Maryland. This is below the federal per diem. Reservations are available on a first come, first served basis and are valid until Wednesday, September 21, 2022 or until the block is filled. You may call 301.277.7777 and mention "2022 GenomeTrakr Meeting" or click here​ for online reservations. This block may fill up quickly so be sure to make your reservations early. APHL has secured several rooms at the discounted rate on October 20, as well, for those unable to depart after the meeting's end.

The Hotel at the University of Maryland
7777 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301.277.7777
www.thehotelumd.com​

​​​​​​​​​Contact Us

If you have questions about the program, please contact Robyn Randolph at foodsafety@aphl.org​ or 240.485.2732. 

If you have questions or problems regarding registration, please contact Terry Reamer at terry.reamer@aphl.org or 240.485.2776. ​