FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Travel Award for Early Career Scientists
The FEMS-ASM Award supports the reciprocal exchange of one member from each organization to present his/her research at the other organization’s main conference. It has been designed to benefit early career scientists from both organizations by giving them the opportunity to present their work overseas and experience the best of microbiology in the partner country.
These awards are to support travel and living costs of the grantee only.
FEMS will select the member attending the ASM General Meeting occurring in 2020. Applicants should be microbiologists active in research and be current PhD (or equivalent) student or recipient of PhD within the past five years. They should be members of a FEMS Member Society.
ASM will select the member attending the FEMS Congress occurring in 2021. Applicants should be microbiologists active in research and be current PhD (or equivalent) student or recipient of PhD within the past five years. They should be members of ASM.
Past Winners of the Mäkelä-Cassell Awards
FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Award Awardee | Valerie de Anda, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, USA
ASM-FEMS Mäkelä-Cassell Award Awardee | Mohd Zulkifli Salleh, Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Manchester, UK
FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Award Awardee | Kana Morinaga
ASM-FEMS Mäkelä-Cassell Award Awardee | Ajijur Rahman
FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Award Awardee | Ember Morrissey
ASM-FEMS Mäkelä-Cassell Award Awardee | Francesca Turroni
FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Award Awardee | Clayton Caswell
Worldwide, infections are resuming their role as highly effective killing diseases, as current treatments are failing to respond to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In this minireview, the impact of AMR in healthcare systems and the major bacteria behind it are highlighted. Ecological aspects of AMR evolution and the complexity of its molecular mechanisms are explained. Major concepts, such as intrinsic, acquired and adaptive resistance, as well as tolerance and heteroresistance, are also clarified. More importantly, the problematic of biofilms and their role in AMR, namely their main resistance and tolerance mechanisms, are elucidated. Finally, some of the most promising anti-biofilm strategies being investigated are reviewed.