Serbian Society for Microbiology

XIII CONGRESS OF MICROBIOLOGISTS OF SERBIA - MIKROMED REGIO 5

“From Biotechnology to Human and Planetary Health”

MONA PLAZA HOTEL, Belgrade, Serbia - 4th-6th of April, 2024

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OPENING REMARKS - Ivica Dimkić, Dušan Kekić & Lazar Ranin

  • Jelena Begović - Ministry of Science, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Ljubiša Stanisavljević - Dean of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Belgrade
  • Luciano Catani - Science Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Vaso Taleski - FEMS Director of Events & Internationalization FEMS - 50 years of successful connecting people and sharing knowledge in microbiology worldwide


MICROBIAL GENETICS, METAGENOMICS AND METAPROTEOMICS (PART 1) – MICROBIOMES AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS & PROBIOTICS Chaired by: Maja Rupnik & Nataša Golić → Videos

INDUSTRIAL AND FOOD MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (PART 1) - MICROBIAL VALORIZATION OF WASTES AND SECONDARY MATERIALS & BIOTECHNOLOGY AND SYNTHETIC MICROBIOLOGY Chaired by: Vera Karličić & Alexander Osmolovskiy → Videos
  • Alexander Osmolovskiy (Russian Federation): Proteinases of filamentous fungi as activators of hemostatic system proteins: key properties and application
  • Nemanja Mirković (Serbia): Bacteriocins: past, current knowledge and future Prospects
  • Marina Jovanović (Serbia): Valorization of psychobiotics and agri-food by products as functional ingredients
  • Vera Karličić (Serbia): Ecological services of beneficial microorganisms as a paradigm of sustainable agroecosystems
  • Vincent Léguillier (France, Offer. pres.): Structural optimization of an I-motif aptamer for the specific detection of Staphylococcus aureus
  • Marija Duvnjak (Croatia, Offer. pres.): Aerobic stability of the alfalfa silage


ACTIVE IMMUNIZATION AS THE KEY ELEMENT IN INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (PART 1) - VIRAL VACCINES Chaired by: Maja Stanojević & Aleksandra Knežević → Videos
  • Maja Čupić (Serbia): Vaccines for influenza and Covid 19 - what we need to know
  • Aleksandra Knežević (Serbia): HPV vaccines in the cancer prevention – recommendations and future prospective
  • Maja Stanojević (Serbia): Poliovirus eradication: challenges of containment
  • Ivana Lazarević (Serbia): Advances, challenges and novelties in HBV and HCV vaccines development
  • Ana Banko (Serbia): Development of new viral vaccines with a focus on the new RSV vaccine


ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (PART 1) - HOST-MICROBE INTERACTIONS & TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND SOIL MICROBIAL LEGACY Chaired by: Ines Mandić Mulec & Ivica Dimkić → Videos
  • Ines Mandić Mulec (Slovenia): Social strategies by beneficial bacterium Bacillus subtilis
  • Vittorio Venturi (Italy): Inter-species bacterial signaling in the plant microbiome
  • Stéphane Compant (Austria): Harnessing fungal-bacterial interactions to improve plant growth and health
  • Ioannis Kampouris (Germany): A consortium of plant-beneficial microorganisms mitigates drought effects on maize by aiding the recruitment of focal soil microorganisms in rhizosphere
  • Dmitrii Deev (Slovenia, Offer. pres.): Enhancing bioremediation efficiency: novel isolation techniques for microbial consortia in recalcitrant PAH-contaminated soils
  • Ivana Galić (Serbia, Offer. pres.): Soil microbiome diversity in maize-winter wheat crop rotation
  • EuroMedicina (INDUSTRY LECTURE) - Aleksa Jovanović (Serbia): EXS2600 MALDI TOF - new possibilities


ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (PART 2) - TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND SOIL MICROBIAL LEGACY & PHYTOPATHOLOGY Chaired by: Jovana Grahovac & Aleš Lapanje → Videos
  • Aleš Lapanje (Slovenia): Harnessing spatial microbiome dynamics for cutting-edge environmental biotechnology
  • Đorđe Bajić (The Netherlands): Using fitness landscapes to engineer optimal function in microbial communities
  • Matjaž Hladnik (Slovenia): Comparative analysis of phyllosphere microbiota in olive leaf spot disease
  • Jovana Grahovac (Serbia): Microbial biomass production and application within biorefinery concept
  • Marko Vincenković (Croatia, Offer. pres.): Preparation, characterization and application of copper microparticles in controlling of phytopathogenic fungi


PANEL SESSION - INFECTIONS IN PATIENTS ON IMMUNOMODULATION AND IMUNOSUPRESIVE THERAPIES Moderator: Dušan Kekić → Videos
  • Tijana Đerić (Serbia): Occurrence of pneumonia in a patient on biological therapy due to TRAPS
  • Olga Odanović (Serbia): Infections in patients with inflammatory Bowel disease on biologic therapy: Challenges in management
  • Ljubica Matić (Serbia): Biological therapy and infections in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Uroš Karić (Serbia): A series of rare infectious complications in an immunosuppressed patient with SLE


INDUSTRIAL AND FOOD MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (PART 2) - FOOD MICROBIOLOGY Chaired by: Mirna Mrkonjić Fuka & Konstantinos Papadimitriou → Videos
  • Tamar Sachaneli (Georgia): Microbial diversity of Georgian artisanal cheese production
  • Konstantinos Papadimitriou (Greece): Multi-omics approaches to characterize the microbiome of certain greek artisanal fermented foods and wines
  • Mirna Mrkonjić Fuka (Croatia): Fermented food ecosystems - a treasure chest of untapped microbial potential
  • Marija Todorovska Ivkovikj (North Macedonia, Offer. pres.): Isolation and characterization of yeasts from Macedonian wineyards for production of Macedonian unique wine


ACTIVE IMMUNIZATION AS THE KEY ELEMENT IN INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (PART 2) - VIRAL VACCINES Chaired by: Danijela Miljanović & Ivana Lukić → Videos
  • Danijela Miljanović (Serbia): MMR vaccine and seroprevalence of measles, mumps and rubella IgG antibodies among young medical students in Serbia
  • Ivana Lukić (Serbia): mRNA vaccine manufacturing – challenges in plasmid DNA cloning vector design
  • Marko Janković (Serbia, Offer. pres.): Human cytomegalovirus oncoprotection across diverse populations, tumour histologies, and age groups: the relevance for prospective vaccinal therapy


MULTI DRUG AND PAN DRUG RESISTANCE & HEALTH MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (PART 1) Chaired by: Ina Gajić & Paul Cos → Videos
  • Paul Cos (Belgium): Challenges and lessons learned from antimicrobial research projects
  • Ina Gajić (Serbia): Genomic epidemiology of carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Katarina Novović (Serbia): Acinetobacter baumannii resistant to last line antibiotics: an emerging threat in Western Balkan
  • Dušan Milivojević (Serbia): From soil to lab: Exploring toxicology with Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Miloš Jovićević (Serbia, Offer. pres.): High-level resistance of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae to novel β-lactam-β-lactamase inhibitor combinations in clinical settings in Serbia
  • Jose Alexander (USA) - online: Understanding antimicrobial resistance for testing and treatment strategies
  • bioMérieux (INDUSTRY LECTURE) - Snežana Jovanović (Serbia): Syndromic PCR or how to solve diagnostic Rubik’s cube easily


MICROBIAL GENETICS, METAGENOMICS AND METAPROTEOMICS (PART 2) - MICROBIOMES AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS & MICROBIAL GENOMES AND THEIR EVOLUTION Chaired by: Livia Leoni & Gergely Maróti → Videos
  • Livia Leoni (Italy): Role of stringent response in Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence
  • Gergely Maróti (Hungary): Genome level investigation of inter-kingdom microbial interactions
  • Elena Perrin (Italy): Insights into the evolution of multipartite genomes in Proteobacteria
  • Svetlana Ugarčina Perović (Italy) - online: Challenges in metagenomic annotation of antibiotic resistome
  • Marko Panić (Serbia, Offer. pres.): Exploring E. coli-based expression of genetically inactivated tetanus toxin for vaccine development
  • Allwin Mabes Raj (Slovenia, Offer. pres.): Mer B (organomercurial-lyase) mediated quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) based methylmercury detection


ACTIVE IMMUNIZATION AS THE KEY ELEMENT IN INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (PART 3) - BACTERIAL VACCINES Chaired by: Tamara Kastrin & Nataša Opavski → Videos
  • Tamara Kastrin (Slovenia): The importance of vaccination and national surveillance of invasive bacterial diseases and whooping cough in Slovenia
  • Nataša Opavski (Serbia): Do we need higher valency pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in Serbia?
  • Marko Veljković (Serbia): Vaccination against pertussis in Serbia: past, current challanges and future perspectives
  • Nevena Jovičić (Serbia): Complications of pneumococcal pneumonia in children
  • Aleksandar Sovtić (Serbia): Respiratory infections in children – over the horizon


ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (PART 3) - BIODETERIORATION OF MATERIALS: EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS & ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE: A ONE HEALTH CHALLENGE Chaired by: Cecilia Flocco & Nikola Unković → Videos
  • Cecilia Flocco (Germany): New perspectives for microbiology and biotechnology in cultural heritage research
  • Nikola Unković (Serbia): Research into the application of bacterial-based bioformulations in the conservation of fungal-deteriorated works of art in Serbia
  • Nikolina Udiković Kolić (Croatia): Environmental spread of antibiotic resistance – the role of industrial, agricultural and municipal waste
  • Stoimir Kolarević (Serbia): Impact of untreated wastewaters on the microbiological water quality of the Danube river and its tributaries in Serbia
  • Dragana Predojević (Serbia): Phytoplankon in small water bodies
  • Pfizer (INDUSTRY LECTURE) - Ivana Ćirković (Serbia): Together in the fight against AMR, from immunization and diagnostics to targeted therapy


ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES IN ANTIMICROBIAL CONTROL (PART 1) - BACTERIOPHAGES APPLICATIONS Chaired by: Mariagrazia Di Luca & Goran Vukotić → Videos
  • Mariagrazia Di Luca (Italy): Unveiling the Janus-Face of Bacteriophages: A dual perspective on antibacterial therapy
  • Hugo A. M. de Oliveira (Portugal): Novel bacteriophage-based depolymerase strategies to control A. baumannii
  • Goran Vukotić (Serbia): Bacteriophages of multidrug-resistant nosocomial pathogens – Belgrade experience
  • Luís D. R. de Melo (Portugal): Phage-host interaction with cells in different metabolic states: A S. epidermidis case
  • Sonja Gostimirović (Serbia, Offer. pres.): Non-tailed icosahedral phages as antibacterial agents


PANEL SESSION - INTRAHOSPITAL AND EMERGING INFECTIONS Moderator: Dušan Kekić → Videos
  • Marija Rajković (Serbia): Fulminant necrotizing fasciitis: A fatal outcome. Case series
  • Elena Đukić (Serbia): Unraveling the mystery: A case of septic shock with unknown orgin
  • Ana Mirković (Serbia): A case report of Staphylococcus aureus prosthetic valve endocarditis in patient with Randu – Osler – Weber syndrome
  • Martina Jug (Serbia): Aspergillosis - diagnostic and therapeutic challenges


MICROBIAL GENETICS, METAGENOMICS AND METAPROTEOMICS (PART 3) - MICROBIOMES AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS & MICROBIAL GENOMES AND THEIR EVOLUTION Chaired by: Tamara Janakiev & Alfonso Esposito → Videos
  • Nađa Nikolić (Serbia): Microbiomes in oral carcinomas
  • Alfonso Esposito (Italy): Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics: How does microbiology benefit from cutting edge technologies?
  • Tamara Janakiev (Serbia): Plant microbiomes: from diversity to healthy crops
  • Maurizio Zotti (Italy, Offer. pres.): Microbiome associated with mycelial activity of three species of Basidiomycetes: Fairy rings in the gardens of the Royal Palace of Caserta (Italy)
  • Daria Tsibulskaia (Serbia, Offer. pres.): Description of a new potential aggregation factor from the Streptococcus thermophilus genome
  • Jose Alexander (USA) - online: Implementation of a rapid, cost-effective, and clinically focused NGS solution


HEALTH MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY & ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES IN ANTIMICROBIAL CONTROL (PART 2) Chaired by: Lidija Đokić & Jon Salmanton-García → Videos
  • Marina Šantić (Croatia): Legionella pneumophila - journey from the environment to human macrophages
  • Jon Salmanton-García (Germany): Overview on the current situation on epidemiology and management of IFI and future perspectives
  • Ivana Čolović Čalovski (Serbia): Diagnosis of intestinal helminth infections: strengths and limitations
  • Eleonora Dubljanin (Serbia): Biomarker guided antifungal therapy: a current state of laboratory mycology and antifungal management
  • Lidija Đokić (Serbia): New approaches in the treatment of chronic bacterial infections


ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES IN ANTIMICROBIAL CONTROL (PART 3) - BIOTECHNOLOGICAL APPROACH OF USING NATURAL PRODUCTS & NANOTECHNOLOGY IN MICROBIOLOGY Chaired by: Marina Soković & Ivana Gobin → Videos
  • Marina Soković (Serbia): Microfungi as a target and source of valuable compounds
  • Ivana Gobin (Croatia): Biofilms in premise plumbing systems - current challenges and potential solutions
  • Marina T. Milenković (Serbia): Herbal products as an alternative to antibiotics: application possibilities and limitations
  • Tatjana Stević (Serbia): Biocontrol activity of plant products against plant pathogens
  • Miroslav Dinić (Serbia, Offer. pres.): Host-microbiota interplay regulates epithelial barrier function and wound healing


WORKSHOP “NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING (NGS) IN MICROBIOLOGY“ Moderators: Valentina Đorđević & Ivana Morić → Videos

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