SHAIPI-300x129Whole 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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