2nd International Symposium: New Alternatives to Combat Bacterial Infections

November 9th and 10th  Venue “Auditorio de la Unidad de Posgrado UNAM”


  • Instituto de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México,
  • Instituto de Fisiología Celular, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México,
  • Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas,  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México,
  • Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México,
  • Colegio de Posgraduados
  • Hospital Infantil de México “Federico Gómez”  


In this second symposium we will discuss several alternative approaches to combat the imminent antibiotic-resistance crisis that had the potential to lead to a post-antibiotic era, among the alternatives: combating persister cells (responsible for chronic infections), drug repurposing for the identification of drugs currently used for other purposes that have antibacterial potential, inhibition of virulence rather than inhibition of viability per se, immunotherapies for boosting the immune system in order to help it to cope against opportunistic pathogens, inhibition of iron acquisition pathways and other novel targets, etc.

Call for Papers

The symposium is aimed at all those interested in the imminent issues presented by the antibiotic resistant microorganisms.

A cordial invitation to all researchers and students who wish to present their progress on this topic to contribute to the development of this meeting either as oral or poster participation is made. The deadline to submit your papers on October 27 (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.,)

Recovery fee. 500 (MX).  There will be a limited number of scholarships for students.


Confirmed speakers

Prof. Thomas K. Wood, Penn State University, USA

 “Engineering Multi-Species Biofilms for Industrial and Medical Applications Through Signal Manipulation”

Prof. Gloria Soberón Chávez, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, UNAM, México

“Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the absence of LasR: Is there more than one answer?” 

Prof. Tom Defoirdt, University of Ghent, Bélgica

 "The interference with indole signaling in vibrios to control disease in aquaculture"

Prof. Mariano Martínez Vázquez, Instituto de Química, UNAM, México

 “A structure activity relationship of natural and synthetic furanone with anti-quorum sensing activity”

Prof. Toshinari Maeda, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japón

"How can Pseudomonas aeruginosa adapt the environment of quorum quenching?" 

Prof. Bertha Gónzalez Pedrajo, Instituto de Fisiología Celular, UNAM, México

 "Targeting a bacterial weapon: the type three secretion system"

Prof. María Tomás, Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de A Coruña, España

"Knowing to the multiresistant bacteria: Key in the study for new anti-infective treatments" 

Dr. Israel Castillo Juárez, COLPOS, México


Dr. Héctor Quezada, Hospital Infantil de México "Féderico Gómez", México


Dr. Rodolfo García Contreras, Facultad de Medicina, UNAM, México

“Drug Repurposing as an Alternative to Combat Bacterial Infections” 


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