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Share Biofilm Innovations 2013

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During the last thirty years, medical researchers have identified startling new facts of how bacteria survive in nature, man and beast. We humans depend on biofilm communities, the predominant microbiological life form, but they sometimes work against us by contributing to chronic disease. So how do we keep these life forms in check when they cause chronic wounds? Periodontal infections? Hospital infections? And myriad other conditions that cost our country more than $100 billion annually?

We’ll delve into these medical problems with our panel members, watch short films and invite your questions as we focus on one of America’s biggest healthcare challenges.

5:30 to 6:30 PM:

Welcome reception: finger foods, refreshments and networking among your hosts, faculty and panel members. Also view students’ research and poster boards on biofilm topics.

6:30 to 7:00 PM:

Introduction and opening remarks:  Richard Longland and Tom Webster, PhD

7:00 to 8:00 PM:

Film shorts: three biofilm-centric videos in dental, orthopedic and wound areas. Each film is followed by commentaries from panel members.

8:00 to 8:30 PM:

Panel discussion: our experts bridge the gap across medical specialties and discuss a unifying method of diagnosing and treating biofilm diseases.

8:30 to 9:00 PM:

Question and answer: Here’s your chance to ask our panel members your tough questions on biofilms, covering all areas of human health.

9:00 to 9:30 PM:

Closing remarks: Tom Webster, PhD.

9:30 to 10:00 PM:

Last chance to network with the panel members and students!


Garth D. Ehrlich, Ph.D., Center for Genomic Sciences

Scientific, Governmental and Regional Affairs Liaison Officer
Allegheny-Singer Research Institute
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Professor and Vice Chairman, Dept. of Human Genetics

Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Drexel University
 College of Medicine

Dr. Garth Ehrlich brought the biofilm paradigm to chronic infectious diseases of the airway more than 15 years ago and has since published half a dozen papers in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) detailing his findings. He has played a key role in the development of numerous molecular diagnostic technologies which permit the identification and characterization of biofilm bacteria that cannot be observed by standard culture-based methods, and has applied these broadly across multiple clinical specialties demonstrating their universal functionality and usefulness.

Daniel L Sindelar, DMD, President, American Academy for Oral Systemic Health

Dr. Dan Sindelar attended business school at St. Louis University and earned a dental degree at Washington University School of Dental Medicine. He has a private dental practice in St. Louis. As president of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, he is involved in expanding the awareness of the link between oral health and overall health to healthcare professionals and the public. Dr. Sindelar founded the Midwest Center for Oral Systemic Health to advance the research of biofilm and its elimination and has written and lectured on the subject. As the creator of the Four Centers of Health approach to oral care and practice management, he is involved with educating healthcare professionals on how to incorporate oral care systems into a multi-disciplinary approach to disease prevention. He has written feature articles for major publications, appeared on television and radio and authored a book discussing the linkages between oral health and overall health.

Randy Wolcott, MD, Southwest Regional Woundcare Center

Dr. Randy Wolcott has been practicing medicine for almost thirty years and treating “unhealable” wounds the last twelve. His research at the Wound Care Center’s Research and Testing Laboratories and his collaboration with biofilm experts in wound care have earned him international recognition. His work is published in textbooks as well as prominent journals like the Journal of the American Medical Association and Journal of Wound Care.  His clinic treats not only surface wounds, but the underlying causes that include poor circulation and insidious bacterial biofilms that prevent healing. By using “two stage” molecular diagnostics, they assess what bacteria are present in the wound bed. More importantly, their diagnostic data reveals the presence of biofilm and a “list” of both bacterial and non-bacterial microbes which create highly polymicrobial biofilm communities that form the foundation of chronic infections.


Thomas Webster, PhD, Chair of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University

Dr. Webster has been conducting research over the past 15 years on the use of nanomaterials for various medical applications, including reducing bacteria function and biofilm formation.His lab group has generated over 9 textbooks, 48 book chapters, 306 invited presentations, at least 403 peer-reviewed literature articles, at least 567 conference presentations, and 32 provisional or full patents.  Some of these patents led to the formation of 9 companies. His research on nanomedicine has received attention in the popular press including MSNBC News, NBC Nightly News, PBS DragonFly TV, and ABC Nightly News. His work has been on display at the London and Boston Science Museums. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Nanomedicine (the first international journal in nanomedicine which in five years has achieved an impact factor of 4.97), serves on the editorial board of 15 additional journals, has helped to organize 22 conferences emphasizing nanotechnology in medicine, and has organized over 53 symposia at numerous conferences emphasizing biological interactions with nanomaterials. 

Richard Longland, Founder, The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation, Film Producer on Biofilms and Chronic Disease

Richard Longland is the Founder of the Arthroplasty Patient Foundation, a non-profit organization and ADRSupport, a global community to support spine patients with advanced degenerative diseases. Richard has obsessively researched chronic bacterial infections from a unique perspective: as a patient with undiagnosed and untreated pneumonia, patient advocate and now a film producer for the documentary titled, Why Am I Still Sick? The film focuses on bacterial biofilms and their role in chronic diseases that sicken and kill millions of Americans.


Please park in the Renaissance Garage located on 835 Columbus Avenue. More information for parking can be found here -

Meter parking is also available on Hemenway Street and Huntington Avenue. 

Northeastern is accessible by the Green E and Orange lines on the MBTA.   If you are taking the Green E line, please get off at the Northeastern stop.  If you are taking the Orange line, please get off at Ruggles.

Audio and Video Tape Announcement!

We are planning to video tape the event  so videos and MP3s will be available 4-8 weeks after the event. 

When & Where

Northeastern University - Blackman Auditorium, inside Ell Hall
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

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hosted by Thomas Webster, Northeastern University College of Engineering, in collaboration with Richard Longland, Arthroplasty Patient Foundation

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