F04 Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices


    About the Event

    The Symposium on Antimicrobial Combination Devices will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, the symposium will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, TX, in conjunction with the November 2019 standards development meetings of the committee.

    Objective
    The objective of this symposium will be to discuss unmet needs regarding standards for antimicrobial combination devices including antimicrobial coatings on implants, antibiotic addition to bone cement, and antibiotic eluting devices. This symposium will build on the success of the previously held workshop on the same subject. It will bring to light the current state of standards and techniques utilized in the field, and to compare these techniques to other investigative method.

    Topics for this symposium will include, but are not limited to:

    • Analysis methods for quantifying biofilm
    • Analysis methods for quantifying elution and efficacy
    • Antibiotic bone cement
    • Antimicrobial coatings on medical devices
    • Medical devices that elute antibiotics

    The language of the symposium will be English.

    Technical Program

    To view the technical program (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters’ names), click Technical Program.


    Registration Information

    Online registration is now open and closes October 30, 2019. The fees to attend this symposium are listed below.

    All Attendees – All attendees including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the symposium. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at symposium.

    Students – A student’s fee is waived, provided he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID.

    Cancellations - A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the symposium. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Symposia Operations at symposia@astm.org or +1 610-832-9698.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Symposia Operations at symposia@astm.org or +1 610-832-9698, or ASTM Technical Support at support@astm.org or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or +1 610-832-9578 (international).

    Online On Site
    ASTM Member Fee175.00200.00
    Non-Member Fee200.00225.00
    Presenter FeeWaivedWaived
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Continuing Education Units

    Symposium attendees interested in receiving 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must complete the CEU application form in the back of the program booklet and submit it to an ASTM staff member on site. You must be registered and have attended the entire symposium in order to receive the CEU’s. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the symposium.


    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the symposium is available from Symposium Chairman Ken Urish, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Email: urishk2@upmc.edu, Tel: 412-641-8609; or Symposium Co-Chair Bill Mihalko, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, USA, Email: wmihalko@campbellclinic.com , Tel: 901-448-5880.


    Hotel Information

    All meetings will be held at The Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street, Houston , TX, 77010.

    Hotel Reservations: The November Committee Week Hotel provides prime meeting space for your committee meetings, events and activities. ASTM International is legally bound to fill the contracted guest room block and an inability to fill the block will result in sever financial penalties which could affect negotiations and increase costs for future meetings. Please support ASTM International by reserving your sleeping room at our official November Committee Week Hotel and Meeting site.

    Reservations may be made via the hotel's online reservation system at The Marriott Marquis Houston Reservations. Reservations may also be made by telelphoning the hotel directly at (713)-654-1777 or 1-(800) 228-9290. One night's room and tax deposit is required to confirm a reservation.

    The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than October 4th 2019. The ASTM rate is $199 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a deposit of one night's room and tax or a major credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically.


    The ASTM Group Rate Includes:

    • In-room guest internet
    • Complimentary access to the fitness center
    • 10% Off self-parking for registered hotel guests' in the ASTM Group Block
    • 10% Off spa services for ASTM attendees
    • 10% Off food purchases in the hotel dining outlets for ASTM attendees, with proper badge. (Not applicable for alcoholic beverages)

    The Marriott Marquis Houston has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Marriott Marquis Houston Government Reservations . You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.

    IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent, they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

    INTERNET: The Marriott Marquis Houston offers a complimentary basic wireless connection in the guest rooms with the ASTM group rate.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At The Marriott Marquis Houston, notice of cancellation must be received 72 hours prior to day of arrival, in order to avoid a charge.

    ASTM MEMBERS WORK AREA: ASTM will provide computers with internet connections. This area will also be wireless for your laptop computer. You may visit the ASTM website, apply or renew your membership, order publications or check your email. The complimentary wireless service is limited to the members' work area and the meeting rooms.


    Transportation and Directions

    The hotel is located approximately 11.2miles/15 minutes from the Houston Hobby Airport, 20.2 miles/30 minutes from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The hotel's phone number is (713) 654-1777 and the general fax number is (346)-319-6866. The website for the hotel is The Marriott Marquis Houston.

    For information on the city of Houston TX, visit the Houston TX Convention and Visitors Bureau Website at Houston TX.

    HOUSTON METRORAIL: At a cost of $1.25, guests can sit back, relax and will be dropped off curbside at either The George Bush Intercontinental Airport or The William P. Hobby Airport. Pick-up from the airport to the Downtown Houston area occurs every 30 minutes from 6:00am-12:58am. Approximate travel time is anywhere from an hour to an hour and twenty minutes. For additional information regarding METRORail travel and schedules, please visit: Houston METRORail.

    SHUTTLE SERVICES: Super Shuttle is a ride service that will take a hotel guest anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour between the hotel and the William P. Hobby airport. Cost is $38 for up to three passengers. For travel to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, rides will take anywhere from an hour to an hour and twenty minutes, with a cost of $51 for up to three passengers. Rides can be scheduled online at Super Shuttle Information or at the hotel Concierge desk

    TAXI: TAXI: From The William P. Hobby Airport, the cost of a taxi is estimated to be $30. From The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), the cost of a taxi is estimated to be $52.

    RIDESHARING PROGRAM: Transportation Network Providers (TNP), also referred to as a “rideshare” company, provide prearranged transportation through an app, connecting passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire. Lyft and Uber are TNP companies operating in Houston,TX.

    Uber is offering your first ride FREE (up to $20) for first time riders only. Download the app or visit www.uber.com and enter the code UBERON20.

    PARKING: Valet parking is available with rates of $45 daily parking. Off-site parking is also available at an hourly rate of $8 or $30 daily. 10% off Self-Parking for ASTM registered hotel guests will be available. The self-parking garage is next to the hotel and does not offer in/out privileges.


    Dress and Weather

    Attendees have the option to determine their dress at ASTM meetings. Business casual attire is acceptable at this meeting and appropriate for Houston TX. The average temperatures in November range from a high of 73 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 52 degrees Fahrenheit.


    Standards Development Meetings

    The November 2019 meeting schedules for Committee F04 will be posted on the ASTM web site in late-August; or you may contact the Staff Manager, Kate Chalfin at kchalfin@astm.org or tel: +1 610-832-9717 for more information about the committee meetings.


    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee F04 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information about future F04 meetings, please visit F04 Future Meetings.


    Miscellaneous

    Please advise the hotel and ASTM of any disability which will require special attention. The Sheraton Downtown Denver is in compliance with ADA standards.


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