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March 6, 2019
In February this year, the Northern Ireland Science Festival took place. Here, Chris Proctor, PhD student at Ulster University and Microbiology Society Champion discusses his contribution to the event.
March 1, 2019
Each month, a manuscript published in our flagship journal Microbiology is chosen by a member of the Editorial Board. This month, the paper is titled ‘Phylogenetic analyses of antibiotic-producing Streptomyces sp. isolates obtained from the stingless-bee Tetragonisca angustula (Apidae: Meliponini)’ and was chosen by Professor Stephen Gordon.
February 22, 2019
Last year the Microbiology Society submitted a joint response with the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) to the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s inquiry into antimicrobial resistance. On the 24th January 2019, the UK government launched its strategy to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In this blog we highlight key points in the UK AMR Strategy and research priorities.
February 20, 2019
As a budding researcher studying antibiotic resistance, I have always tried to find fun and interesting ways to convey our research during our outreach events. For me, the answer was with board games! After developing a small card game for a lab outreach event, followed by serendipitous conversation with a collaborator in South East Asia, a project was born: I would use my Professional Internships for PhD Students placement to go and create a board game to teach about antibiotic resistance in Bangkok, Thailand.
February 6, 2019
The Journal of Medical Microbiology (JMM) is a journal published by the Microbiology Society, focused on providing a comprehensive coverage of medical, dental and veterinary microbiology and infectious diseases, including bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology. This month, Kalai Mathee, Co-Editor-in-Chief of JMM, has selected an outstanding paper from the February issue to highlight as Editor’s Choice. The paper, titled ‘Experiences in Fosfomycin susceptibility testing and resistance mechanism determination in Escherichia coli from urinary tract infections in the UK’, discusses the prevalence of resistance to the broad-spectrum antimicrobial Fosfomycin in the UK.
January 17, 2019
In 2017 the World Health Organisation (WHO) published the 12 Priority Pathogens. This list is a catalogue of the pathogens they believe pose the greatest threat to human health. The list draws attention to the growing incidence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) evolving in bacteria, a development that is particularly worrying as genetic material can be passed between different species of bacteria, spreading resistance to life-saving antibiotics.
November 16, 2018
As part of World Antibiotics Awareness Week, we are continuing our New Antibiotics Needed blog series with Salmonella. Salmonella is the gram-negative genus of bacteria in the Enterobacteriaceae family and iscommonly associated with food poisoning. The genus contains just two species; S. enterica and S. bongori. S. enerica is further divided into an additional six subspecies with over 2600 distinct variations also known as serovars. Salmonella is traditionally split into either typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella depending on symptoms.
November 14, 2018
Continuing on our New Antibiotics Needed blog series, today we will be exploring β-lactamase-producing and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae.