The future of microbiological diagnostics and infection epidemiology is increasingly centred on rapid molecular testing and the application of nucleotide sequencing technologies. Consequently, clinical microbiologists and related practitioners have to process and interpret molecular data, which are very different from the information generated by familiar culture-centric clinical microbiology  techniques.

To demystify this crucial, exciting, and expanding area, the Genomics and Clinical Microbiology course combines practical hands-on laboratory and bioinformatics work with faculty lectures by, and discussions with, leaders in the field. The aim is to equip clinical scientists, specialist registrars, and consultants in infection disciplines with sufficient understanding of these areas to meet these immediate challenges.

What will I learn on the course?

This course concentrates on the application of cutting-edge molecular and genomic techniques that are currently being implemented, but also explores novel approaches that will enter clinical practice in the near future.

Th programme covers a wide range of topics and methodologies, including sample collection and preparation; characterization of specimens with a variety of molecular techniques; and data interpretation and dissemination, using a range of practical, bioinformatics approaches.

The practical part of the course provides laboratory and computer sessions that examine the application of molecular, specifically genomic, techniques to three key clinical scenarios:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Hospital acquired infection
  • Encapsulated bacteria.

There will also be demonstrations of the uses of different approaches in these clinical areas. Participants will use data generated on the course to make clinical and infection control decisions.