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Divisions

Divisions
The scientific interests of the ASM membership comprise the full spectrum of microbiology. ASM has been divided into divisions where each division represents scientists with similar scientific interests and research goals. Each division is also represented on the ASM Council that is tasked with governing the activities of the Society and contributes to the development the scientific program at the ASM General Meeting.

  • Division C, Clinical Microbiology, is involved with methods for detection, isolation, identification, characterization, and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of clinically significant microbial pathogens or their products of diagnostic significance, e.g., toxins, antigens, nucleic acids. Also involved with diagnosis-oriented investigations of these microorganisms.
    Division C website

  • Division F, Medical Mycology, encompasses the biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, morphogenesis, pathogenesis, immunology, epidemiology, laboratory identification, in situ detection, and taxonomy of fungi, especially those known to cause disease in man and other animals, and the therapy of those diseases.

  • Division L, Healthcare Epidemiology, encompasses the microbiology and epidemiology and clinical features (including pathogenesis, diagnosis, control and treatment) of healthcare-related and other hospital and institutionally related infections and all levels of basic through applied research and clinical trials of interventions to reduce the occurrence or provide prompt diagnosis and effective treatment of such infections.

  • Division V, Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology, (i) promotes research toward understanding the processes involved in the host immune system and its responses; encourages development and application of antibody, antigen, and molecular-based diagnostic procedures to assess the integrity and functioning of components of the host immune system, and supports clinical approaches to immune-mediated diseases; (ii) promulgates information on antibody, antigen and molecular-based diagnostic procedures, including the significance, interpretation and limitations of these assays; and (iii) encourages standardization and quality control of procedures and reagents used in clinical and diagnostic immunology laboratories.

  • Division Y, Public Health, serves members with a primary interest in public health practice and infectious diseases. Involves the contributions of microbiology to surveillance, epidemic investigations and other public health activities. 
    Division Y website

  • Division AA's, Free-Living, Symbiotic and Parasitic Protists, purpose is to bring together those with interests in all aspects (e.g., behavior, biochemistry, cell biology, chemotherapy, cultivation, ecology, evolution, genetics, life cycle, molecular biology, morphogenetics, natural history, pathogenesis, parasitology, phylogenetics, physiology, systematics, taxonomy, and ultrastructure) of eukaryotic microbes that include those known as the "single-celled, unicellular or acellular organisms," protozoans, the lower algae, and the lower fungi.


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