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!

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!

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MRC CLIMB workshop at the MRC Unit, Gambia

Ben Pascoe from the Sheppard Lab has returned from a successful workshop in the Gambia organised with collaborators from MRC CLIMB. The two-day workshop introduced attendees to CLIMB and working with their own VM participants assembled a test set of bacterial genomes, which they analysed to asses quality, type, call MLST sequence types, identify antimicrobial resistance genes and define core and accessory genomes. The visit was enjoyable and with the inauguration of President Adama Barrow tomorrow (18th Feb) these are very exciting times in the Gambia and hopefully the beginning of a fruitful collaboration.

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