Mining the Genome To Tackle AMR

Friday, 13 February 2015: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room LL20C (San Jose Convention Center)
Sharon Peacock, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
The latest generation of benchtop DNA sequencing platforms can provide an accurate whole genome sequence for a broad range of bacteria in less than a day. These could be employed in routine practice to more effectively contain and treat the spread of multidrug resistant pathogens. This talk will focus on the opportunities that rapid microbial WGS presents for the investigation of nosocomial outbreaks caused by multidrug resistant bacteria, and the identification of genetic determinants of antimicrobial resistance associated with a stratified medicine approach to patient care. Barriers to implementation will also be discussed.