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“TB is changing” conference

From 2017 all TB samples in England will have routine whole genome sequencing performed. This one-day conference will be an essential update for practitioners on the upcoming launch of routine whole genome sequencing and the implications for TB diagnosis, management … 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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Global team aim for faster TB Diagnosis

  As World TB day (24 March) marks global efforts to eliminate tuberculosis as a public health problem by 2035, Oxford University researchers, in partnership with Public Health England (PHE), will lead a new worldwide collaboration called CRyPTIC to speed up diagnosis of the … Continue reading

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Pneumonia is increasing – and we need to plan for it

  Why are diagnoses of pneumonia increasing?  This is the question that our Research Statistician, Phuong Quan, (and other scientists from MMM), set out to answer in a paper published this week.   We looked at the hospital database of … Continue reading

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Superbugs sharing antibiotic ‘bulletproof armor’

  How do superbugs learn to be ‘antibiotic bulletproof’?  Our researchers have recently been working with scientists from the USA to study superbug transmission. Actually, they studied the emergence of lots of different superbugs within one hospital over five years. … Continue reading

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Mykrobe: A laptop program to predict response to antibiotics

Scientists working with Modernising Medical Microbiology have developed a new computer program to help keep antibiotics effective. The program: Mykrobe Predictor , can run on a laptop, and in a few minutes  can analyse bacterial DNA from a patient’s infection and predict … Continue reading

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