MAY 26, 2021 8:00 AM PDT
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Flow cytometry as a microbiology tool in the development of next generation diagnostics

Speakers
  • PathWest Laboratory Medicine, WA; School of Biomedical Science, University of Western Australia; School of Medicine, University of Western Australia.
    Biography

      ​​​​​Dr. Tim Inglis is a clinical microbiologist in Perth, Western Australia, where he leads a translational biomedical research team. In recent years, collaborating with Dr Christine Carson and Dr Kieran Mulroney, the research team have developed a method of rapidly detecting antimicrobial effects that aligns closely with the current reference standard; the broth microdilution method of determining minimum inhibitory concentration. Dr Inglis is Head of the Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Western Australia, a consultant microbiologist with PathWest Laboratory Medicine, and co-founder of Lab Without Walls, a not-for-profit organization that develops pathology capability for rural, remote and regional communities. His ENCOMPASS Consortium has entered for the UK Longitude Prize, and has attracted support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  In a collaboration between the University of Western Australia, PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, the team has enjoyed recent funding success from Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council to demonstrate the power of their new diagnostic methods to generate actionable results for serious invasive infections.

    • PathWest Laboratory Medicine, WA; School of Biomedical Science, University of Western Australia.
      Biography

        ​​​​​​Dr. Carson is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, with an extensive career testing and developing the antimicrobial properties of natural products in collaboration with industry.

      • Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research; School of Medicine, University of Western Australia.
        Biography

          ​​​​​Dr. Mulroney is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, with a specialist focus on novel cytometry informatics and diagnostic development.


        Abstract

        Date:  May 26, 2021

        Time: 8:00am PDT and 5:00pm PDT

         

        This webinar will be broadcasted at two different times to accomodate our global colleagues*

         

        Serious infections can be immediately life threatening: with serious invasive infections a single day can be the difference between life and death. Despite this urgency, standard practice in pathology laboratories remains tethered to culture-based tests that require isolation and growth of micro-organisms from specimens before reliable results can be provided to end-users.

        The emergence of antimicrobial resistance complicates matters further. As more infections resist the broad-spectrum antimicrobial used as first-line empirical treatment, the need for better, faster diagnostics increases. At present, drug resistant infections kill as many 700,000 a year, every year. At the rate resistance is increasing, this figure is expected to reach 250 million preventable deaths by 2050, eclipsing both cancer and heart disease as the leading cause of death worldwide. The SARS-CoV-2 crisis has given the world a glimpse of what a post-antimicrobial future may begin to look like. There has never been a more pressing need for innovation to develop new microbiology tools.

        In our laboratory, we have harnessed the speed and precision of the Attune NxT to innovate a new generation of rapid microbiology research tools. We will demonstrate how these tools function, how they can be used to accelerate laboratory workflows, and how the lessons learned can be applied to new and emerging challenges in the microbiology laboratory.

         

        Learning Objectives

        • Demonstrate new flow cytometry applications for enumerating microbes in samples
        •  Provide new insights into the implementation of our flow cytometry-assisted antimicrobial susceptibility test
        • Share exciting new concepts for new flow cytometry applications to address emerging challenges

         

         

        Webinars will be available for unlimited on-demand viewing after live event.

         

        LabRoots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this webinar, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit once you have viewed the webinar in its entirety.


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