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APHL InFORM 2017 Conference - Laboratorian

November 6, 2017 — November 30, 2017

Location: Hyatt Regency Orange County

InFORM 2017 Conference
Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel
Garden Grove, CA
November 6-9, 2017

Sponsored by

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Enteric Disease Laboratory Branch and
Outbreak Response & Prevention Branch
U. S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
U. S. Food and Drug Administration
The Association of Public Health Laboratories

The InFORM 2017 Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel in Garden Grove, CA. It is located within easy walking distance to restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

The Integrated Foodborne and Outbreak Response and Management (InFORM) Conference will bring together laboratorians, epidemiologists and environmental health specialists involved with foodborne and enteric diseaseoutbreak response. This meeting will concentrate on progress made in detecting and investigating foodborne illnesses through molecular subtyping and new investigational tools. Issues discussed will include surveillance and outbreak detection of enteric diseases, with a focus on those caused by contaminated foods, water and animals. The tagline and theme for the InFORM 2017 conference is, “The Changing Landscape of Enteric Disease Surveillance,  Outbreak Detection and Response.” Plenary sessions will focus on the combined efforts of our public health networks and agencies in food safety. Sessions will cover domestic and international outbreak investigations by state  and local laboratorians in cooperation with federal partners at CDC, USDA, and FDA. Technical sessions will explain the latest software improvements, the validation of whole genome sequencing laboratory and analytical platform protocols, and regional/national surveillance tools.

Optional troubleshooting and programmatic sessions on Monday afternoon and sunrise sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will allow attendees to engage in one-on-one interactions with experts from CDC and corporate partners.

Participants include Public Health laboratory personnel who are part of the PulseNet network, foodborne disease epidemiologists involved with OutbreakNet, environmental health professionals, personnel from the Centers for Diseases Control & Prevention, US Food and Drug Administration, the US Department of Agriculture and international Public Health agencies.


Registration Fee: $175.00 for full conference; $75 for one day. Payment may be made by credit card or check.

Advanced registration through APHL is required. Registration is now open.
If you are paying by credit card you may click on the “Register Now!” link above left to register. If you have not registered for an APHL/NLTN meeting online before or are not an APHL member, you will need to sign up for a login and password before you can register. If you are paying by check or are receiving a complimentary registration you must register by downloading the registration form on the conference webpage and faxing or mailing the form to APHL with payment (if appropriate).

If you have any questions or problems, please contact Terry Reamer at terry.reamer@aphl.org.

Continuing Education Credits
 APHL is an approved provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences through the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) P.A.C.E.® program. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 14.5 contact hours by attending the entire conference. Attendance rosters must be signed in each attended
session that credit is requested for and the P.A.C.E.® certificate must be signed and certified by APHL staff at the registration booth at the end of your time at the conference.

Continuing education credits including CNE, CME, CEU, CHES, CPH and RACE credits for veterinarians will also be available for attendees from CDC.


The meeting begins on Monday, Nov. 6 with a Welcome Session from 6:30pm-7:30pm followed by a welcome get together. The sessions continue approximately 8:15am-5:15pm on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8:30am-5:30pm on Wednesday, Nov. 8 and 8:30am-12:30pm on Thursday, Nov. 9. Optional open sessions will be available on Monday, Nov. 6 from 1:00pm-5:30pm. A first poster session and a Tech Expo highlighting some of the software tools the programs and our corporate partners have developed will be held over a sponsored lunch on Tuesday. The second poster session and reception will take place Wednesday evening. Sunrise sessions will take place on Tuesday and
Wednesday, Nov. 7 & 8 from 7:30am-8:15am. Please plan your arrival and departure times accordingly.

There are three major airports serving the Orange County area – Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA) (13 miles/15-25 minutes), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) (35 miles/40-60 minutes) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) (18 miles/20-30 minutes). All major airlines service all three airports. The hotel does NOT provide omplimentary shuttle to/from the airport. Shuttles and taxis are available to the hotel. Karmel Shuttle Service offers a discount off roundtrip transfers from/to all three airports. SuperShuttle (www.supershuttle.com, 800-BLUE-VAN) also offers service from/to all three airports. 

Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA92840
The conference room rate is the 2018 federal per diem rate - $173.00 single/double (plus tax) per night.  You may make your reservation by calling 888.233.1234. Be sure you mention that you are attending the “InFORM 2017 Conference” to receive this rate. You may also make a reservation online. Reservations must be made no later than October 16, 2017. A one night’s deposit is required for all reservations and cancellations must be made 72 hours before check-in for reimbursement of deposit. There is a fee for early departure.

There are no additional sessions for this event.