SCIENTISTS STUDYING GUT MICRO-ORGANISMS HEAD FOR ABERDEEN!

 

Next week (15th – 19th September 2013), over 400 scientists will arrive in Aberdeen for the 17th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms  (CHRO) which will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

 

The CHRO Conference 2013 is the leading international conference, where cutting edge research meets medicine, industry and policy. This conference returns to Europe for the first time in six years, where more than 400 participants are expected. This will be a unique opportunity to see the recent groundbreaking developments on these important pathogens. Delegates are expected from around the world – from as far away as New Zealand and as close as the Rowett Research Institute here in Aberdeen.

 

The catalyst for bringing this event to Aberdeen was a highly successful conference run at the AECC in Aberdeen in 2007 – ‘Food Micro’. This is a closely related conference and one of the Chairs – Dr Norval Strachan – decided to bid for the 2013 CHRO event after his very positive and enjoyable experience of bringing ‘Food Micro’ to the City.

 

The initial bid was started in 2009 as CHRO is a biennial event. The initial expression of interest was presented at the 2009 Conference in Japan. The team (Professor Norval Strachan, Dr Ken Forbes, the AECC and the now disbanded Aberdeen Convention Bureau) made the final bid in Vancouver at the 2011 CHRO event – and beat tough competition from France to secure this highly sought after event for Aberdeen. A strong case was made based on the world-famous food offerings from the North-East of Scotland, coupled with the long history of scientific research carried out by the Rowett Institute and the University of Aberdeen.

 

Norval Strachan commented:  “We are delighted to host the conference in Aberdeen, the University warmly welcome delegates and guests to the 17th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms, in Europe for the first time in 6 years. The CHRO Conference 2013 will be the leading international conference, where cutting edge research meets medicine, industry and policy around the topics of this important group of organisms.”

 

Ken Forbes adds: “This conference is ideally suited for all professionals studying Campylobacter, Helicobacter and related organisms, including professors and researchers from universities, government, and industry, public health epidemiologists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, veterinarians, and physicians.”

 

Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, said: “We are very pleased that the CHRO committee chose Aberdeen and AECC as their location for the 2013 Conference. This is one of a number of important areas of research for Aberdeen and we plan to continue to attract future life science conferences to the Region.”

 

ENDS

 

For more information on CHRO visit: http://www.chro-2013.org/about/

For more information please contact Victoria Withy, Head of Communications on 01224 330487/07500 442550 or email vwithy@aecc.co.uk

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