May 10, 2017

Published this week in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet: Mortality risks associated with emergency admissions during weekends and public holidays: an analysis of electronic health records Background Weekend hospital admission is associated with increased mortality, but the contributions of … Continue reading

May 8, 2017

A focus on preventing the introduction of antibiotic-resistant bacteria colonising patients who come from perceived high-risk hospitals may be undermining efforts to control their spread across England. Tjibbe Donker, from MMM, led the study which showed that a larger number … Continue reading

April 11, 2017

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

March 28, 2017

 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

March 13, 2017

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…  

March 9, 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

January 26, 2017

  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

August 24, 2016

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

July 12, 2016

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

May 6, 2016

 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