Creation of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae Research Society

Dr. Michael Apicella brought together a group of about 30 gonococcal researchers after the 2018 International Pathogenic Neisseria Conference (IPNC) in Asilomar California to discuss what might be done to specifically enhance Neisseria gonorrhoeae research. There were many creative ideas discussed with the main themes of sharing research materials and approaches, establishing collaborations, promoting N. gonorrhoeae research and attracting new researchers to the field. After the meeting, Mike Apicella assembled a smaller group to discuss what could be done immediately and the group supported the concept of a Neisseria gonorrhoeae Research Society. The Mission Statement listed above the Constitution (https://ngosociety.org/society-constitution/) summarizes the goals of the Society.

Acknowledgements

We appreciate Mike Apicella’s leadership and financial support from the Microbiology and Immunology Department of the University of Iowa that was instrumental in launching the society.

We also appreciate the philanthropic support of MOR Wealth Management, LLC (https://www.morwm.com/). NgoRS Twitter is @NgoRS5