Physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and researchers who study the causes and cures of infectious diseases in animals and humans are realizing that many diseases, when closely examined, involve multiple pathogenic players. These are serious diseases and the responsible microorganisms can be difficult to diagnose and treat.
This conference dealt with polymicrobial diseases as an integrated area of study that looks at the complex interactions among etiologic agents, the collective mechanisms of their pathogenicity, the synergistic clinical symptoms and pathology, and the resulting host response to infection.
Kim A. Brogden, USDA, ARS, NADC
Janet M. Guthmiller, Dows Institute for Dental Research, The University of Iowa
L.O. Bakaletz, Ohio State University
Bob Burne, University of Florida
Robert Fujinami, University of Utah School of Medicine
Peter Greenberg, University of Iowa
Paul Kolenbrander, NIDCR/NIH
Karen F. Novak, University of Kentucky
Ad Hoc Members:
Dennis F. Mangan, NIDCR/NIH
Christopher Taylor, NIAID/NIH