ESCMID Study Group for Clostridium difficile - ESGCD
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Clostridium difficile Meeting
The First Clostridium difficile International Symposium (FICDS) was held from 5 to 7 May 2004 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. With 91 participants from 19 countries (UK, USA, France, Germany, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Ireland, Australia, Japan, Iran, Turkey, Spain, Canada, Norway) the meeting provided a perfect environment for discussion and the exchange of ideas. The programme included different aspects of C. difficile research: clinical (human and veterinary), pathogenesis, alternative treatment methods, antibiotic resistance, genome sequencing, genetics and development of new genetic tools, sporulation, quorum sensing, typing methods, phages, large clostridial toxins, binary toxin, laboratory diagnostic, epidemiology, prevention of infection and environmental contamination, development of vaccines.
The nomenclature of C. difficile toxins and toxin genes was discussed and agreement on unified nomenclature was reached.