Collaborating Organization: DGHM
The “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie” (DGHM, German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology) was founded already in 1906 originally as “Free Union for Microbiology”. Today the DGHM is one of the most active specialized societies in the areas of diagnostics, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with a strong focus on basic infection research. Around 2000 members are organized in specialized groups (Fachgruppen; FG), constant working groups (Ständige Arbeitsgemeinschaften; St AG) and commissions (KOM), which form the scientific basis of the DGHM. Here world class experts discuss current research topics, publish guidelines and recommendations, and oversee new scientific directions in hygiene and microbiology.
Members of the Executive Board 2018/2020 are: President: Prof. Dr. Georg Haecker (Freiburg), Secretary of Finance: Prof. Dr. Helmut Fickenscher (Kiel), Secretary: Prof. Dr. Martin Aepfelbacher (Hamburg), Vice-Presidents: Prof. Dr. Jan Buer (Essen), Prof. Dr. Petra Dersch (Braunschweig), Prof. Dr. Frauke Mattner (Cologne), Pastpresident: Prof. Dr. Mathias Herrmann (Muenster)
Main topics of the specialized groups of the DGHM are:
– “Clinical and Diagnostic Microbiology”
– “Eukaryontic Pathogens”
– “Food Microbiology and Hygiene”
– “Gastrointestinal Infections”
– “Infection and Immunity”
– “Microbial Pathogenicity”
– “Microbial Systematics, Population Genetics and Infection Epidemiology”
– “Prevention of Infection and Antibiotic resistance in hospital hygiene”
The subjects of the constant working groups are:
– “General and Hospital Hygiene”
– “Clinical Microbiology”
– “National Reference Centres and Laboratories of Consultancy”
– “Diagnostic Microbiology”
– “Microbiology procedure quality standards” (MiQ)
– “Standard values for the orientation of microbial contamination in food” for the publication of the “Mikrobiologische Richt- und Warnwerte zur Beurteilung von Lebensmitteln”
Moreover there are two commissions, which support the executive committee of the DGHM. One commission for “Continuing Education”, and one commission for “Safety of Quality”.
Annually the DGHM Foundation presents awards to the outstanding scientists, working in the field of the scientific and/or medical microbiology and hygiene. The Main or Senior Scientist Award, the Junior Scientist Awards, the Diagnostic Prize, the Research Award and up to 5 Thesis Awards
The scientific exchange takes place via newsletters and on the annual convention of the DGHM which will be held in 2019 from 25th-27th of February in Goettingen, Germany (www.dghm-kongress.de). A broad spectrum of new developments and research findings in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases will be presented.
For more information, please contact:
Nicole von Maltzahn, PhD
c/o Institut für Med. Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene
Med. Hochschule Hannover
Tel.: ++49 (0)511- 532 4655
Anaerobic Biological Dehalogenation
FEMS Microbiology Ecology is proud to present this latest thematic issue on Anaerobic Biological Dehalogenation. Knowledge on anaerobic microbial dehalogenation has advanced significantly since its first discovery. Understanding of the biochemistry, physiology and ecology of organohalide-respiring bacteria (OHRB) has allowed development of bioremediation technologies for clean-up of contaminated sites. At the same time, a fundamental understanding of the processes, enzymes and organisms involved has allowed to discover new exciting features in biochemistry and microbiology. OHRB are either members of novel bacterial genera or already known ones with other metabolic features indicating the importance of horizontal gene transfer in this anaerobic respiration process. Reductive dehalogenases, thus far discovered, are all corrinoid-containing enzymes revealing unexpected biochemical features of this cofactor normally known to be involved in alkyl-transfer reactions. This special thematic issue shows nicely that there remains still a lot to be discovered regarding anaerobic biological dehalogenation.