Predictive modelling for Listeria monocytogenes Control
ISOPOL XVII satellite event,
May 5th, 2010 • Porto, Portugal

Networking for Listeria monocytogenes Surveillance
May 6th, 2010 • Porto, Portugal

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The ISOPOL (International Symposium On Problems Of Listeriosis) meeting occurs every three to four years. The first meeting took place in 1957 in Giessen, Germany and from then on the interest in studying these bacteria grew, giving rise from time to time to further ISOPOL conferences.

Murray, Webb, and Swann first published a description of Listeria monocytogenes in 1926. Several earlier reports may have described the isolation of Listeria, however, the isolates were not available to do confirmatory investigations or comparisons with known strains.

In 1927, during investigations of unusual deaths observed in gerbils near Johannesburg, South Africa. Pirie discovered a new microorganism, the agent of which he referred to as "The Tiger River disease." He named this new agent Listerella hepatolytica.

However, in 1939, the Judicial Commission of the International Commission of the International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology rejected the generic name Listerella, because it had previously been used for a mycetozoan in 1906 in honour of Arthur Lister (younger brother of Lord Lister) and for a species of Foraminifer in 1933 in honour of Joseph Jackson Lister (father of Lord Lister). Then, in 1940, Pirie proposed the name Listeria. Before and even after this date, numerous names were used to designate L. monocytogenes.

Later, in 1949, J. Potel (Halle, Germany) “rediscovered” this bacterium. But it is only through the hard work and diligence of H. P. R. Seeliger, that Listeria became to be recognized by the scientific community.

The ISOPOL meeting has focussed its interest on scientific research in several areas, i.e., the clinical, veterinary, and public health areas as well as the food industry. The ISOPOL meeting attracts scientists of all ages from different parts of the world and with different interests. This provides for a very warm and congenial atmosphere and leads to an interactive exchange of ideas.

Here is a listing of all the ISOPOL meetings that have taken place so far:

IGiessen / Germany1957
IIBozeman / USA1963
IIIBilthoven / The Nertherlands1966
IVLeipzig / Germany1968
VPecs / Hungary1972
VINottingham / UK1974
VIIVarna / Bulgaria1977
VIIIMadrid / Spain1981
IXNantes / France1985
XPecs / Hungary1988
XICopenhagen / Denmark1992
XIIPerth / Australia1995
XIIIHalifax / Canada1998
XIVMannheim / Germany2001
XIVUppsala / Sweden2004
XVIGeorgia / USA2007

The ISOPOL meeting enables interdisciplinary discussions about various aspects of listeriosis, including food security and clinical aspects. Some questions have been resolved, but new investigations have led to new problems. This is why we are organizing the ISOPOL XVII.

For the first time ever, the ISOPOL meeting will take place in Porto, Portugal.