Dr Devesh J Dhasmana presented the work carried out by PhD Student, Souad Alateah, on whole genome sequencing (WGS) of Mycobacterium abscessus in patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). This was in a spoken session on ‘CF disease trajectory and clinical insights’, within the major UK respiratory meeting of the year, the British Thoracic Society (BTS) Winter Meeting.

The talk was well received, a novel presentation in an otherwise clinical session. There was much discussion about the major infection control issues that have arisen from this and similar recent studies. WGS technology has enabled a level of detail previously not seen, thereby unmasking evidence of transmission of infection across both time and space within the UK.

For further details, please contact Devesh Dhasmana, Souad Alateah, or Stephen Gillespie.

 

Alateah M.abscessus genomics BTS abstract 2017

Abscessus colonies (courtesy of Dr Alateah)