We are delighted to invite you to take part in ClostPath 12, which will be held September 13-16 in Canada in Banff, Alberta, which is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.


For over 20 years, the biennial International Conference on the Molecular Biology & Pathogenesis of the Clostridia (ClostPath) has been an important venue for bringing scientists and clinicians together to share and discuss the latest research on the molecular biology of the clostridia and their role in health and disease.


ClostPath 12 will be held at the Banff Centre, a full-service hotel and conference center surrounded by breathtaking scenery located just outside the town of Banff (pop. 8000). This unique mountain town is nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, the first National Park to be created in Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


As with previous ClostPath meetings, ClostPath 12 will cover the latest developments in our understanding of how clostridial pathogens cause disease. Sessions will focus on the

  • Regulation of Virulence Factors
  • Mechanism of Action of Clostridial Toxins
  • Spore Dynamics and Transmission
  • Microbiome
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • One Health
  • New Technologies for Studying Clostridial Organisms (Assays and Model systems)
  • Clinical Aspects (Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Resistance, Diagnosis, etc.)
  • Therapeutics (Treatment & Prevention)


Conference Goals

The Scientific Program of ClostPath 12 will include keynote lectures by internationally recognized leaders in the field of clostridial research and will also highlight work from early stage investigators. The conference aims to present the most recent and exciting work in the field from invited speakers as well as from contributors whose submitted abstracts have been selected by our International Scientific Steering Committee. In addition to scientific excellence, the committee has a longstanding commitment to ensuring a diverse panel of speakers in terms of gender, geography, race/ethnicity, and scientific interest.  Interactive, cutting-edge poster sessions will provide attendees with the opportunity to share their work with a broad audience, generate new ideas, and foster cross-disciplinary conversations. Attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts on their most recent or as yet unpublished work.


A major objective of ClostPath is to provide a forum for trainees (students and postdoctoral fellows) to share their work, discuss their data with leading scientists, and train and inspire the next generation of clostridial researchers. In addition to poster sessions and oral presentations selected form the abstracts, trainees will be eligible to present their work in 5 minute “flash oral presentation” sessions to the entire audience, which serve as a preview to their poster presentations. Finally, a Pre-ClostPath Meeting for Young Scientists will precede the main conference on Monday, September 13, so trainees can network with their peers.


We very much look forward to seeing you at ClostPath 12 in Banff, Canada in 2021.


Yours sincerely,


Aimee Shen, Ph.D.

Borden Lacy, Ph.D.

Clostpath 12 Conference Co-Chairs

On behalf of the Organizing Committee


September 13-16 2021

Banff Conference Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, Alberta

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