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!
Christmas party 2022
Great opportunity to say thanks to Evangelos, Billy and Ben. Three brilliant colleagues who accompany me on our new adventure and are making a splash with new friends! Thanks Chaps. Sam
Sam comments on the ECDC AMR report
ECDC report shows halted increase in over all antimicrobial usage but the use of broad-spectrum last line of defence drugs continues to rise:
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.
Guardian article on disease spillovers
Following recent unprecedented outbreaks of the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus concerns have been raised to protect wildlife from livestock diseases. Sam spoke to the Guardian and was quoted as part of their article on disease spillovers between livestock and wildlife.
Microbial Genomics Editor in Chief
Sam has been promoted to Editor-in-chief of the Microbiology Society journal, Microbial Genomics. Read all about it here!
Picture From IMMEM XIII (Bath 2022)
Sam and others from Bath organised a great conference in Bath.Continue reading
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