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New publication: Validating a bespoke 96-well plate for high-throughput drug susceptibility testing of M. tuberculosis

This paper, published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, determines the reproducibility and accuracy of minimum inhibitory concentrations for a panel of 14 different anti-TB compounds using a specifically designed 96-well plate (called UKMYC5) manufactured by Thermo Fisher.

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Successful NIHR grant

Last year I coordinated a bid to the NIHR for capital to improve our research capacity to study antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. We were successful and were awarded £1.8 million to fund several different activities, including developing vaccines to prevent the spread of AMR.   Previously in the John Radcliffe […]

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New Publication: Predicting whether mutations confer resistance to an antibiotic

Due to the rise of antibiotic resistance, it is increasingly important that your clinician knows which antibiotics will work (and which will not). Traditionally, this is done in hospital microbiology labs by growing a sample taken from the infection site, and then testing how a range of antibiotics affect its growth, or, ideally, kill it. […]

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2018 PhD projects announced

As described here, one of the main ways of getting funding to studying for a DPhil with me is to apply for an NDM Prize Studentship. There is a competition held each year and the successful applicants have all their fees paid and get a generous £18,000 pa tax-free stipend. The deadline is 12 noon […]

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Twitter at #ECCMID

A bit over two years ago I was a guest blogger at the US Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore. I was disappointed by the lack of Tweeting at the conference – there were 208 tweets using the #bps15 hashtag when I wrote a blog post in which I speculated that, one day, there might […]

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Diagnosing antibiotic resistance: future trends?

It is Sunday, I’m in Vienna at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) congress. As is traditional at all large conventions, I’m sitting on the floor outside one of the halls because the organisers have put one of the most popular sessions (Gram-negative resistance) in one of the smallest rooms. A […]