Dec 12th : Scientific Seminar 10:30 AM: “Genomics to tame Tuberculosis & Genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other bacterial pathogens directly from clinical specimens”
2 talks of 2 x 20min :
First talk: “Genomics to tame Tuberculosis”. And second talk: “Genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other bacterial pathogens directly from clinical specimens”
Title: “Genomics to tame Tuberculosis”
Speaker: Dr. Sarah Dunstan, Senior Research Fellow, Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
Abstract: In this seminar, the results and impact of our bacterial genomic study in pulmonary TB patients from Vietnam will be presented. Our results demonstrate how genomics can define the population diversity and spread of Mtb, and investigate drug resistance. The potential benefits of developing clinical metagenomics for TB diagnosis, and building TB genomics networks in endemic countries will be discussed.
Title: “Genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other bacterial pathogens directly from clinical specimens”
Speaker: Professor Timothy Stinear | Head – Genomics | NHMRC Senior Research Fellow | Deputy Head of Department | Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Abstract: The promise of clinical metagenomics is the ability to rapidly decode the genome sequences of important pathogens such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and provide rich data that informs outbreak investigations or treatment decisions, independent of the need to culture the organisms. This talk will outline some progress to date in realising this promise and the hurdles that remain to be overcome.