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Nov 24, 2016

Real time genome sequencing of resistant bacteria ensures precise infection control in an institutional setting

The increasing prevalence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria is a serious global challenge. For this reason, a recently published study (J. Clin. Microbiol. 54: 2874, 2016) prospectively analyzed whether bacterial whole-genome sequencing (WGS) for real-time MDR surveillance is technical feasible, returns actionable results, and is cost-beneficial. During two 6-month intervals WGS was applied...
Jun 22, 2016

PathoNGen-Trace Final Meeting

One last time before the the PathoNGen-Trace project comes to an end, the consortium gathered for its final meeting at the premises of the Heinrich Pette Institute in Hamburg, Germany, from June 8th to 9th, 2016. During the two days the partners presented their work and the progress they have made since the last meeting in 2015.  Next to the discussion of the single work packages the final...
Jun 14, 2016

PathoNGen-Trace´s Martin Maiden elected for two fellowships

Martin Maiden, Professor of Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Oxford Department of Zoology, and member of the PathoNGen-Trace consortium has been elected as fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and of the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK that represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research...
Jun 07, 2016

2nd “Rapid Microbial NGS and Bioinformatics: Translation Into Practice” Conference

This week the Patho-NGen-Trace Consortium looks forward to welcoming more than 135 participants from over 20 countries to the 2nd “Rapid Microbial NGS and Bioinformatics: Translation Into Practice” conference in Hamburg. During the three day meeting, academics as well as software developers come together to discuss the state of the art in the field of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and NGS data...
May 30, 2016

Interview with Martin Maiden on the Canadian Science Radio Channel “Science for the People”

On May 27, 2016 the Canadian Science Radio Channel “Science for the People” broadcasted an episode on the Public Health Issue meningitis. Regarding vaccine development and actions in the meningitis belt, a region in sub-Saharan Africa where the risk of meningitis is very high, three members of the Maiden Lab, a multidisciplinary group working on understanding the biology of bacterial pathogens,...
May 11, 2016

Meningococcal disease: identification of a sexually transmitted variant

Meningococcal disease usually affects children and adolescents and causes sepsis and meningitis. An international outbreak was observed among MSM in 2013 in the US and Europe. Vaccine recommendations were launched to protect people at risk in France, Germany, and the USA. The new study brought together molecular microbiologists at the National Center for Meningococci at the Institut Pasteur...
Feb 29, 2016

5th Next Generation Sequencing Workshop in Vienna

In cooperation with the Austrian Public Health and Food Agency (AGES) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) PathoNGen-Trace organized the ‘5th Next Generation Sequencing Workshop - Listeria monocytogenes and Mycobacterium tuberculosis’ that took place in Vienna, Austria, on February 24th – 26th, 2016. Next-Generation-Sequencing (NGS) technology has developed rapidly during the last...
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