Ben, Shani and Evangelos have returned from a successful visit to The Gambia. They spent one week in the MRC Unit in Fajara where they had the 2nd kick-off meeting for the GETCampy-Africa project. There, they met with friends and collaborators and joined meetings about the ongoing projects. They organized a day field work, followed by laboratory training, as well as a spontaneous mini bioinformatics workshop. The meeting was hosted by Dr. Jahangir Hossain (LSHTM, The Gambia) and Prof Martin Antonio (LSHTM, The Gambia). Dr Kaisa Haukka (University of Helsinki, Finland), Dr Akosua Karikari, Dr Courage Sabo, David Yamik (University for Development Studies, Ghana), Evariste Bako and Edith Nikiema (University of Joseph KI-ZERBO, Burkina Faso) traveled from Finland, Ghana and Burkina Faso, respectively, while Dr Adrian Smith, Dr John Holt, Dr Tilly Collins and Sam (who could not travel because of COVID-19) joined the meeting online from the UK. Very fruitful discussions and real time epidemiology following field work with exciting results! Many thanks to everyone involved in organizing this exciting meeting and lots of good projects ahead!
Microbial Genomics: Campylobacter collection
Sam and Ben, along with Beile Gao, from the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou in China will curate a special collection of articles on the ‘Genomics, Epidemiology and Evolution of Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms’.
Preprint: MSSA lineages in orthopedic device-related infections
Last week we posted a preprint to medRxiv: Multiple hypervirulent methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus lineages contribute towards poor patient outcomes in orthopedic device-related infections.
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BBSRC grant success!
In collaboration with Professor Alan McNally and from the University of Birmingham our latest project: Understanding the pathway to multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens has been funded!
Settling into Oxford
The lab joined the other members of the Ineos Oxford Institute for Antimicrobial Research for drink at the Lamb and Flag for some Tolkien-inspired mental lubrication.
Picture From IMMEM XIII (Bath 2022)
Sam and others from Bath organised a great conference in Bath.Continue reading
NIH Peru meeting
Ben has recently returned from a trip to Iquitos in Peru for the first meeting of our NIH funded project, in collaboration with the Universities of Virginia, Arizona and the USDA in the US.
GETcampy-Africa 1st kick-off meeting in Basse, The Gambia
Sam, Ben and Evangelos have returned from a successful visit to The Gambia. They spent three days in Basse field station where they had the 1st hybrid kick-off meeting for the GETcampy-Africa project. They visited various field sites and met with friends and collaborators from the MRC Units in Basse and Banjul! The meeting was hosted by Dr. Jahangir Hossain (LSHTM, The Gambia) and Dr. Pa Cheboh Saine (Head of Basse field station) at Basse, and by Prof Martin Antonio and Jarra Manneh at Banjul. Dr Akosua Karikari and Dr Courage Sabo (University of Development studies, Ghana) as well as Dr Isidore Bonkoungou (University of Joseph KI-ZERBO, Burkina Faso) along with Dr Kaisa Hauka (University of Helsinki, Finland) also joined the meeting via zoom. Very promising outcomes and lots of good projects ahead! Many thanks to everyone involved in organizing this exciting meeting!Continue reading
Brian Arnold visits from Havard
We were very pleased to host Brian Arnold from the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, USA. We ate some hipster pizzas at Dough before drinks and conversations about recombination in bacteria!
From Left: Sam Sheppard, Brian Arnold, Ben Pascoe, Leslie Turner, Lauren Cowley, Jess Calland & Sion Bayliss.
Visit to the Gambia
Ben and Sam paid a visit to the MRC Unit, The Gambia @LSHTM. It was a fascinating trip and we received a warm welcome and wonderful hospitality. Hopefully the projects discussed will lead to a long and fruitful collaboration.
From Left: Martin Antonio, Sam Sheppard, Archie Worwui, Abdul Sesay, Lamin Leigh, Ben Pascoe
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