Latest from Modernising Medical Microbiology
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
Finding the genetic changes in bacteria
MMM researchers have shown how powerful new DNA analysis techniques can detect mutations in bacteria which cause difficult to treat infections.
In research published in Nature Microbiology, they used the technique - 'Bacterial Genome-Wide Association Studies', showing that using the bacterial 'family tree' could improve standard methods. They demonstrated they could detect mutations already known to make these bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and could also pick up new mutations not previously known to researchers.
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