Genomics in the Real World Study Day at St Andrews


SHAIPIWhole genome sequencing (WGS) provides unprecedented differentiate strains of bacterial pathogen. Genomics is already well established as a potent toll to undertand the biology, genetics and global transmission of microorganism for researcher.  Many believe that it may have a role in understanding transmission in a hospital or community setting and many groups are trying to adapt it for the clinical microbiology environment. The translation of revolutionary science into the healthcare poses many challenges as it simultaneously provides previously unimagined opportunities.  This study day aims to address this challenge head on.  We have assembled an unrivalled group of talks that provide examples of WGS applied to practice at the sharp end of medicine. There is also a poster session to maximise the opportunity to share data and experience.

This is a meeting for Scotland and its clinical microbiology community.  Come and learn about WGS and share your experience or ask some of the experts about how this technique could improve your practice.

University of St Andrews, School of Medicine, Friday June 17th, 2016

10:30 – 11:00                      Registration and coffee (Medical school cafe area)

11:00 – 11:10                      Introduction and Welcome – Prof Alistair Leanord (University of Glasgow)

11:10– 11:30                       The real world of microbiology; what are the challenges and the opportunities? –                                                            Prof Stephen Gillespie (University of St. Andrews)

11:30 – 12:20                      The real world of genomics; how did it get so real? –
                                                Dr Matthew Holden (University of St. Andrews)

12:00 – 12:45                      Shigella transmission from the global to the local: phylogenomic tools in action –                                                      Prof Nick Thomson (Welcome Trust Sanger Institute)

 12:45 – 13:45                      Lunch and Poster session

13:45 – 14:30                      Whole-genome sequencing for pathogen surveillance in public health – Dr David Aanensen (Imperial College)

14:30 – 14:50                      Whole genome sequencing of E. coli O157 – Dr Anne Holmes (Scottish E. coli O157/VTEC Reference Laboratory)

14:50 – 15:10                      Spread of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in an intensive care unit – Dr Ben Parcell (NHS Grampian)

15:10 – 15:30                      Coffee and tea

15:30 – 15:50                      Salmonella outbreak detection and investigation – Dr Derek Brown (Scottish Salmonella, Shigella and Clostridium difficile Reference Laboratory)

15:50 – 16:10                      Clostridium difficile in Scotland – Dr Cosmika Goswami (University of Glasgow)

16:10 – 16:30                      Investigating the Edinburgh Legionnaires’ disease outbreak – Prof Ross Fitzgerald (University of Edinburgh)

16:30 – 16:50                      Ruling in and out; detecting transmission in healthcare settings – Dr Kerry Pettigrew (University of St Andrews)

16:50 – 17:00                      Concluding remarks

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Welcome to Bénédicte

The Infection group is happy to welcome Bénédicte Driollet for an internship for two months.

Bénédicte joins the group from the University of Bordeaux

Bénédicte joins the group from the University of Bordeaux

Bénédicte notes:  “I have come to St Andrews for an internship in the Infection group as part of my Masters course at the University of Bordeaux.  Home for me is in Bayonne in South West of France and my first degree was in mathematics. I joined the Institute of Public Health, Epidemiology and Development department (ISPED) in September 2015.  My long term goal is to be an epidemiologist  and the internship here in St Andrews is the concluding part of my Masters first year.  I am looking forward to engaging in a project of my interest Public Health. Over the next months I hope to apply my skills in epidemiology working in a team with others and to learn about the Infection group’s research.”

New SHAIPI Consortium Set to Tackle Hospital Acquired Infections

hospital-corridor-with-two-scrubbed-women-pulling-gurneyUniversity of St Andrews experts are part of a consortium of researchers set to benefit from a grant of £4.2 million, announced by Health Secretary Shona Robison today, to establish a new Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Institute (SHAIPI).

The announcement represents one of the largest single investments into research to tackle infection within healthcare settings in the UK in recent years. £1 million of the new funding will come to St Andrews.

Healthcare associated infections cost £183 million annually and occur in five per cent of the acute hospital population. Continue reading