The 16th Annual PulseNet Update and 8th Annual OutbreakNet Meeting, “Modernizing Outbreak Detection Through Teamwork,” drew nearly 400 laboratorians, epidemiologists and environmental health professionals from Australia, Canada, South Korea and the United States. Attendees represented federal, state and local public health and food regulatory agencies.

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Monday, August 27

Welcome Session
Moderators: Kristy Kubota, Molly Freeman, Jennifer Wright

Welcome to Atlanta
Jennifer Wright, CDC

Welcome from APHL President and Director 
Charles Brokopp, WI State Laboratory of Hygiene and Univ. of WI

Keynote Address: Private Interests and Public Health
Eric Schlosser, Atlantic Monthly 

Tuesday, August 28

Sunrise Sessions

PFGE Protocols for Non-PulseNet Organisms
Duncan MacCannell and Lydia Anderson, CDC

Epi 101 for Laboratorians
Karon Lewis and Dagny Magill, AL and Meg Adams-Cameron, NM

Planning and Conducting Environmental Investigations
Dave Nicholas, NY and Heidi Kassenborg, NM

Managing Non-human Isolate Data
Brian Sauders, NY Ag, David Melka, FDA and Neelam Narang, FSIS

Standardizing the E. coli Questionnaire
Wright Culpepper, CDC

Opening Session

Introduction to Meeting Theme
Chris Braden, CDC

Session I:  The 2011 Listeriosis Outbreak Associated with Cantaloupe:  A Team Approach to Investigating an Historic Outbreak
Moderators: David Melka, Tracy Stiles, Ian Williams

Rapid Investigation of a Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Associated wiith Farm A Cantaloupes Using the Listeria Initiative – United States, August – October 2011        
Ben Silk, CDC
Panel Discussion:  Perspectives on a Multistate Foodborne Outbreak
Moderator - Ian Williams, CDC
Epidemiologist’s perspective, Shaun Cosgrove, CO
Laboratory perspective, Cheryl Tarr, CDC
Industry perspective, Stephen Patricio, Westside Produce
Communications Expert, Dana Pitts, CDC
FDA perspective, Jim Gorny, FDA 
Media perspective, Eric Schlosser, Atlantic Monthly

WebPortal Demonstration
David Boxrud, MA, WebPortal Working Group

Session II:  Foodborne Outbreak Communication:  What, How, and When
Moderators:  Jen Mitchell, Joshua Rounds, Brian Sauders

A State Perspective on Foodborne Outbreak Investigation Communications           
Bill Keene, OR Public Health Services

The FSIS Perspective When Communicating Outbreak Investigations
Vivian Chen , Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA

Industry Perspective 
Michael Doyle, Center for Food Safety, UGA

What the Media Needs from You during a Foodborne Illness Outbreak and Why
Elizabeth Weise, USA Today

Panel Discussion
With session presenters and Barb Kowalczyk, NC State

Session III:  Legally Blonde or Legally Blind?  How Surveillance and Outbreak Investigations Are Impacted by the Law
Moderators: L. Hannah Gould, Julia Hall, Roshan Reporter, Amber Schmidtke

FSIS Regulatory Perspective
Rachel Edelstein, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Understanding Laws Governing Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigations
Pat Elliott, Logan Circle Policy Group

Understanding the Commonality of Interests between Public Health Officials and Industry in Identifying, Correcting and Preventing Outbreaks
Donald R. Becker, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Liability of Public Agencies and Their Employees in Foodborne Illness Investigations  
Bill Marler, Marler-Clark Law Firm

Wednesday, August 29

Sunrise Sessions

Lab 101 for Epidemiologists
Steve Dietrich, MI, Julia Wolfe, CA and Rebekah Berry, OK

Update on Salmonella Reporting
Patti Fields, CDC

WebPortal Demonstration
Tracy Stiles

Ingredient Driven Outbreaks
Wright Culpepper

FDA: Rapid Response Teams 101
Seth Levine, VA, Heidi Kassenborg, MN, Steve Fuller, WA

Session IV:  The Future of Testing and Outbreak Detection:  The Future Is Now
Moderators: Deb Baker, Neelam Narang, Kim Quinn, Dianna Schoonmaker-Bopp

PulseNet on the High-wire
Efrain Ribot, CDC

STEC Characterization:  Current and Future Methods 
Nancy Strockbine, CDC

Use of Next-Generation Sequencing to Augment Characterization of Salmonella enterica strains Associated with Contamination of the Food Supply 
Eric Brown, FDA    

Session V: Promoting Teamwork across Networks
Moderators: Chris Bailey, Amy Bryant, Molly Freeman, Jan Vinje

Molecular Surveillance of Norovirus in the United States Using CaliciNet 
Jan Vinje, CDC

CryptoNet: A DNA Sequence and RFLP-based Molecular Surveillance Network for Cryptosporidiosis 
Dawn Roellig CDC – Comparison of Microbial Genomes for High-throughput Monitoring and Epidemiology 
Dave Ussery, Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, DTU

Session VI: A Team Effort: Updates on PulseNet Data
Moderators: Jeanette Dill, Steven Stroika, Julia Wolfe

2012 PFGE Laboratory Update: Everything Old Is New Again 
Molly Freeman, CDC

PulseNet Database Tips and Reminders 2012 
Chris Bailey, CDC

Diversity and Trends in the National MLVA Databases and Data Interpretation during Outbreak Investigations 
Ashley Sabol, CDC

STEC Whole Genome Sequencing Project 
Eija Trees, CDC

Thursday, August 30th

PulseStar Awards / Kati Kelly Award

16th Annual PulseNet Meeting Slide Show

Session VII: Where’s the Beef? Challenges of Solving Outbreaks with Unexpected Vehicles
Moderators: Rebekah Berry, Kelley Hise, Beth McGlinchey

Salmonella Serotype Bareilly Outbreak: Is Something Fishy? 
Dianna Schoonmaker-Bopp, NY State Dept. of Health

Sproutbreak at Jimmy John’s
Steve Dietrich, MI Dept. of Community Health

Turtle-associated Outbreaks 
Heather Tate, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

2012 PulseNet Update Meeting Wrap-up

17th Annual PulseNet Update Meeting Information
Peter Gerner-Smith, CDC


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