​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​amd-dnaswirl-2023-400.pngAbout AMD Days

CDC OAMD and APHL have co-sponsored AMD day, AMD 2-day, Virtual AMD-days, and now AMD days since 2016. This symposium began as an opportunity for OAMD-funded CDC projects to be shared and presented.  It has evolved to be an opportunity for state and local public h​ealth laboratories, and CDC laboratories to present their work, network and hear from leaders in the field. AMD Days was brought back on September 12–​14, 2023. See below for highlights and recordings from 2023.

AMD Days 2024 will be held on September 24–25, 2024 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Decatur, GA. Registration is now open. APHL will be offering a limited number of travel scholarships for public health laboratory staff. Applications for travel scholarships will open in March 2024. More information will be available soon.

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Abstracts and Travel scholarships applications are now open!

Abstract submissions for poster presentations are now open!  Abstracts are due by June 3, 2024 by 11:59 pm PT.  A select number of abstracts will be chosen for oral prese​ntations.  ​Travel scholarships can be applied for on the abstract submission site as well.  Notifications of travel scholarships and abstract acceptances will be sent out by the end of June.  

 Abstract S​ubmission

AMD Days 2024 Agenda

The AMD Days 2024 draft agenda will be coming soon.


Please email Christin Hanigan, manager, AMD with any questions.  

Previous Year's Highlights and Session Recordings 

A copy of last year's program, inclu​​ding a list of abstracts and the agenda, can be found below.

Last Year's Program 

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

​9:15–​10:45​​ a​​m

​Plenary Session: ​St​ate of OAMD and 10-Year Anniversary

​​Duncan MacCan​nell, PhD, CDC, OAMD​

​1:00​​–2:00 pm

​Round Robin Presentations

Performance Evaluation of Read Mapping Tools for Us​e-case Optimization and Reproducibility of Public Health Research
​​​Matthew Seabolt, CDC Leidos

​Nextflow Metagenomic Pipeline Can Accurately Form an Assembled Genome from Shotgun Metagenome Sequencing of the Select Agent B​urkholderia pseudomallei from Contaminated Aromatherapy Spray for Rapid Outbreak Response
​Christopher Gulvik, CDC

​Investigation of a Multi-drug Resistant Human Enterobacter mori Isolate from Michigan
Ellen Ewald, Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau of Laboratories​

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

​9:05–​10:35​ am

Plenary: ​AMD Platfo​rm Presentation

Elizabeth Neuhaus, PhD, CDC, OAMD

Kelsey Florek, PhD, Wisconsin Public Health Laboratory

​1:00–2:45 ​pm

Short Talks

​​Wastewater Sequencing 
Rory Welsh, CDC

Candida auris
Lindsey Parnell, CDC

Global Health
Eldin Talundzic, CDC 

Designing Epidemiological Investigations
Alli Black, Washington State Department of Health

Respiratory Diseases
 Benjamin Rambo Martin, CDC

Thursday, September 14, 2023

​9:20–10:00 am


C. diphtheriae Cares Not for Our Indifference 
Michael Weigand, CDC​​​

Developing a Far Forward Genomic Sequencing Capability for the US Special Operations Forces
Rebecca Hutchins, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Georgia PGCOE​

A Raccoon and Room Spray: The 2021 Multistate Melioidosis Outbreak
Zachary Weiner, CDC

The Potential of Synthetic Surveillance: Embracing Multiple Realities
Andrew Warren, UVA Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia PGCOE

Reproductive Riddles of Cyclospora: Unveiling Secrets of Sexual Preferences in a Parasitic Protozoan
Joel Barratt, CDC

​10:20–11:20 am

Panel Discussion: Strategies for Collaborations Between Laboratory Scientist​s and Epidemiologis​​ts

Moderator: Mark Pandori, Nevada State Public Health Laboratory

Meaghan Burns, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Alexandra Lorentz, Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

Heather Blankenship, Michigan Department of Health and Human Service

​11:20–11:45 am​

Pathogen Genomics Center​​s of Excellence Investigator Presentations​

​​Naming the Unnamed
Robin Patel, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota PGCOE

Unraveling the Microbial Tapestry: Exploring Vaginal Health and Racial Disparities​
Myrna Serrano, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia PGCOE

​11:45 am – 12:45 pm Panel: Public Health Laboratory Perspectives ​Moderator: Christin Hanigan, APHL

Kimberlee Musser, New York Wadsworth Center

Kelly Oakeson, Utah Public Health Laboratory

Shannon Matzinger, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


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