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Help us change the way Tuberculosis is diagnosed and treated

An online crowdsourcing project has been launched by MMM researchers to study antibiotic resistance in Tuberculosis (TB) with the help of the public. You can try out the project for yourself on the Zooniverse website (which contains instructions for how to take … Continue reading

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Staphylococcus aureus

 Staphylococcus aureus (or Staph. aureus) is a bacterium that lives harmlessly on the skin. However, Staph. aureus can also cause infections, particularly in hospitalised patients. Hospital staff work hard to prevent patients from developing Staph aureus infections. They do this … Continue reading

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Direct sputum sequencing

Genetic sequencing offers same-day TB testing Researchers have for the first time shown that standard tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic tests can be replaced by a sub-24 hour genetic test applied to the TB bacteria in a patient’s sputum. Read more…  

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MMM Conference 14th March 2017

This year’s Modernising Medical Microbiology 2017 Conference, showcasing the 8th year of work arising from the consortium, will take place on Tuesday 14th March at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. More information can be found in the brochure. Registration for conference … Continue reading

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MMM’s work helps elucidate that antibiotics played the main role in driving mid-2000s C. difficile epidemics

  MMM researchers at Oxford and Leeds, and PHE, have published a major piece of research proving that overuse of antibiotics was the main driver of the C. difficile (C. diff) epidemic that took place in the UK by mid-2000s. … Continue reading

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Safely reducing antibiotic use in the acutely ill: but at the cost of more admissions?

Can we reduce antibiotic use in hospitals?  And can it be done safely? This is the question that Modernising Medical Microbiology Researcher Dr Nicola Fawcett wanted to investigate in research published in the BMJOpen today. We know from many previous … Continue reading

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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. Using samples collected in Britain and the USA they found genetic evidence from the infections … Continue reading

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Clean Hands! Working with local schools

 Clean your hands!  Members of the Modernising Medical Microbiology (MMM) Group have been working to improve hand hygiene education in collaboration with local schools.  They taught  sixth form students at Cokethorpe School about how germs spread as part of a lunch-time … Continue reading

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Finding the genetic changes in bacteria

In research published today in Nature Microbiology, MMM researchers have shown how powerful new DNA analysis techniques can detect mutations in bacteria which cause difficult to treat infections. Sarah Earle, Jessie Wu and Jane Charlesworth  worked with other researchers in … Continue reading

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Tuberculosis: Why we’re working to cure TB

    Dr Ana Cruz is a Research Fellow with Modernising Medical Microbiology, and a key part of the new CRyPTIC Project, where we will aim to use cutting-edge technologies to improve the treatment of TB.  She writes…   Why … Continue reading

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