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Food Safety & High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) What Does the Future Hold?

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Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge

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An IFSH Symposium, May 30-31, 2018


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

12:30pm-12:40pm Welcoming, Robert Brackett, IIT Vice President and IFSH Director

12:40pm-1:00pm What does the Future Hold? Behzad Imanian, Research Assistant Professor, IFSH HTS Initiative

Governmental Agencies: Future of HTS & Food Safety

1:00pm-4:30pm Speakers (TBD) : Two Speakers from FSIS/USDA, Two Speakers from CDC, Four Speakers from FDA, One Speaker from NCBI/NIH

QA Session & Open Discussion

4:30pm-5:45pm Panel of Experts from the Governmental Agencies

6:00pm-8:30pm Reception and Networking (TBA)


Thursday, May 31, 2018

8:00am-8:30am Continental Breakfast

8:30am-8:40am Agenda & Logistics, Behzad Imanian, Research Asssistan Professfor, IFSH HTS Initiative

Academia: Future of HTS, Pathogens & Our Responses

8:40am-9:55am Speakers (TBD) : Three Speakers from Acadamia

Tech Companies: Future of HTS & New Technology

10:10am-11:50am Speakers (TBD): Four Speakers from Tech Companies

Technology Showcase & Exhibits

12:30pm-1:30pm (TBD)

Industry: Future of HTS, Food Safety & Food Companies

1:30pm-4:00pm Speakers (TBD): Four to Six Speakers from Industry

QA Session & Open Discussion

4:00pm-5:30pm Panel of Experts from Industry


Synopsis: In the past 15 years, High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) or Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has leaped forward and regenerated the word "Next" many times over. The science and technologies behind HTS have introduced us to a wide variety of new investigative, diagnostic and analytical methods such as Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), large-scale metagenomics, transcriptomics, and phylogenomics. HTS provides an unprecendented power and resolution to positively identify and distinguish closely related strains of bacteria (WGS), to catalogue all the various species in a complex community in an environmental sample (metagenomics), and to detect fluctuations in gene expression as a response to the environmental or developmental changes in an organism's life cycle (transciptomics). Academic researchers were first to employ HTS extensively to examine many complicated questions that previously could not have been answered. With its many applications, HTS has replaced or, at least, challenged, changed or is changing the more traditional methods in health and other life sciences. In recent years, HTS has become progressively faster and cheaper, providing increasingly higher quality, longer and larger number of reads, resulting in better resolution and reproducibility. Today, the debate over the superiority of HTS over older methods is conslusively settled, and many governmental agencies have already adopted and implemented it in their inspective and investigative work. A growing number of businesses have also emerged solely to provide HTS sequencing or its related analytical services, and many existing ones have added these services to their menus. Food industry is also showing great interest for this technology and many of its members have already invested in, experimented with or even implemented it in their research and development procedures.


What to expect: In this symposium, we will hold a Palantir and look into the future of HTS in the field of food safety with a focus on its many applications to learn and catalogue, to montior and control, to combat and modigy foodborne microorganisms. The professionals from governmental agencies such as Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS), as well as those of the food industry, tech companies and academia present the news and their views, the current state of affairs, including existing obstacles and possible solutions, with respect to the widespread use and implementation of the HTS technology in their organization and their perspectives about its future. A panel of experts from the federal agencies, food industry and academia will answer the questions from the attendees and discuss what to expect in the near future when it comes to HTS technology.


Who should attend: This symposium is for food safety professionals from industry, academia and
government in food processing, food safety, quality assurance, regulatory functions, public health
administration, and those involved in developing or using pathogen detection equipment and methods.

Location: The symposium will be hosted at the Chicago Marriott Southwest Hotel in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Sponsorship: Please contact Armand Paradis at aparadi2@iit.edu for information about sponsorship opportunities.

Hotel: Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge 1200 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, IL 60527


Program Contact: Cindy Koschetz | ckoschet@iit.edu

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