Latest from Modernising Medical Microbiology
Safely reducing antibiotic use in hospitals
In research published today in the BMJOpen, Modernising Medical Microbiology researchers have shown that it may be possible to use up to 30% less antibiotics in acutely ill patients without adverse consequences. However fewer antibiotics may mean more patients end up being admitted overnight.
Whole-genome sequencing to combat spread of Gonorrhoea
Doctors and scientists from MMM, Public Health England and The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton published their whole-genome sequencing based tool to track the spread of Neisseria gonorrhoea infections in The Lancet Infectious Diseases today.
Clean Hands! Working with local schools
MMM has been working to improve hand hygiene education in collaboration with local schools. Sixth form students at Cokethorpe School were taught about how germs spread as part of a lunch-time biology group, then gave an Assembly to younger children, who created some great Wash Your Hands posters! These are currently on display at the John Radcliffe Hospital
About Modernising Medical Microbiology
Modernising Medical Microbiology is a research group aiming to transform how we analyse and treat infections, to improve patient care.
We aim to:
1) Modernise the way we analyse infections, bringing cutting-edge scientific techniques to clinical care.
2) Transform they way we study the treatment of patients with infections, using large databases of hospital electronic information, to identify trends in how infections are behaving, and ways patient care can be improved.
4) Study how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and more difficult to treat, and how to prevent this.
Modernising Medical Microbiology studies a number of infections, in particular Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB), and the Enterobacteriaceae family (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species and others). You can learn more about these bacteria here