I C G -- International Collaboration on Gonococci
International Collaboration on Gonococci (ICG) Workshop in conjunction with the 17th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR), Seattle, Washington, USA.

July 28-August 1, 2007

Drs. Magnus Unemo and Jo-Anne R. Dillon chaired this ICG workshop on behalf of Dr. John Tapsall. Approximately 60 people from various countries attended the workshop.

The workshop program can be found in the Program of the 17th ISSTDR 2007 (www.isstdr.org). The topics of this workshop covered the antimicrobial susceptibility surveillance and quality control programs for antimicrobial susceptibility testing, molecular typing and molecular laboratory diagnostics. Speakers came from China, Canada, Sweden, UK and USA to present their work. Discussions after presentations included the need to develop guidelines for appropriate selection of typing methods and the challenges of antimicrobial susceptibility testing in the era of NAAT diagnostics. 

he speakers have kindly agreed to post their presentations on the ICG website (www.icgngo.org). You are welcome to access the presentations by clicking on the following links:

-ICG History and Prospect
-Gonococcal Surveillance Program in China: Update and Prospect

European Gonococcal Surveillance Programme

-GC with Reduced Susceptibility to Cefixime and Ceftriaxone – Association with Genetic Polymorphisms and a Clinical Concern?
Inter-laboratory Comparison of Susceptibility Testing in Canada
Molecular Subtyping of N. gonorrhoeae
Update on NG-MAST Studies
-Por Types and Novel Mutations Associated with Antimicrobial Resistance in N. gonorrhoeae Isolates

-Issues regarding NAATs for N. gonorrhoeae Identification

-Evolution of the Globally Transmitted Prolyliminopeptidase-negative N. gonorrhoeae Strain

The next ICG workshop will be in conjunction with 16th International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference 2008, 7 – 12 September 2008, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, http://www.ipnc2008.org/IPNC_Home.htm.