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Symposium on Microbial biofilms: environmental, pharmaceutical, medical & industrial research in Finland

29 January 2016, Viikki Campus

The first national meeting in biofilm research will be held in Viikki campus, at the Faculty of Pharmacy. Meeting will bring together the groups in Finland performing research in bacterial and fungal biofilms. Speakers are confirmed from the University of Helsinki, University of Turku, Ĺbo Akademi University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

International Guest Speaker:

Prof. Tom Coenye (University of Ghent, Belgium)

Executive Committee – European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Study Group for Biofilms, ESGB

The event is organised by Adyary Fallarero.

Microbial biofilms symposium Finland 2016


10.00-10.15 Adyary Fallarero, Welcome note
10.15-11.00 Tom Coenye, University of Ghent, Belgium; Executive Committee European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Study Group for Biofilms, ESGB
“Targeting cell-cell communication in Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria: quorum quenching and quorum sensing inhibition as innovative approaches to deal with biofilm-related infections”
11.00-11.30 Outi Priha, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland
"Biofilm and quorum sensing research at VTT"
11.30-12.00 Riikka Ihalin, Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku
“Molecular players in crosstalk between human host and bacterial biofilm”

12.00-12.15 Group photo

12.15-12.45 LUNCH (included)

12.45-13.05 Teemu Kinnari, Helsinki University Hospital, University of Helsinki “Biofilm Research in Helsinki Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic”
13.05-13.20 Ramón Pérez Tanoira, Helsinki University Hospital, University of Helsinki "Research of the "Race for the surface" or biofilm and human cell adherence to implant materials"
13.20-13.50 Tom Wiklund & Anna Papadopoulou, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Ĺbo Akademi University "Bacteriophage activity against Flavobacterium psychrophilum biofilms"
13.50-14.20 Mikko Nieminen, Institute of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki
"Pathogenesis of Candida biofilms in the upper digestive tract"

14.20-14.45 Coffee (included)

14.45-15.15 Pekka Varmanen, Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki
"Expanding Exploitability of Lactic Acid Bacteria by Biofilm Formation"
15.15-15.45 Adyary Fallarero, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki “Anti-biofilm discovery strategies at the interface between chemical biology & formulation science” 15.45-16.00 Riikka Ihalin, ASM Country Ambassador for Finland
16.00 Adyary Fallarero, Closing of the meeting and future perspectives