Bridging the clinical-research gap 2023

06 Oct - Birmingham, UK



The Microbiology Society and Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) are delighted to co-host a third collaborative one day workshop, Bridging the clinical–research gap, in Birmingham, UK, on 6 October 2023

The workshop aims to bring academic and clinical microbiologists together to find ways to collaborate meaningfully, with the aim of improving the translation of research into advances in infection prevention and control. There will be ample opportunity for members of both societies to network and identify areas of interest for potential collaborations, and the opportunity to speak to funders to facilitate those collaborations.

Attendees will hear from experienced scientists and clinicians and learn about the realities of collaborations – both things to remember and things to watch out for – before participating in a workshop that will answer some common questions.

You can now read the Meeting Report for Bridging the Clinical–Research Gap 2022: a collaborative event between the Healthcare Infection Society and the Microbiology Society which was published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology

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Registration and refreshments


10:20– 10:40 

Overview from the Microbiology Society and the Healthcare Infection Society

Catrin Moore, St George's, University of London, UK

Lesley Hoyles, Nottingham Trent University, UK

10:40–11:40 Insights into infection research collaborations between clinicians and academics – experiences from current research projects

Dinesh Aggarwal, University of Cambridge, UK

Lena Ciric, University College London, UK

Samuel Watkins, University College London, UK

11:40– 11:50 Comfort break  


How to develop a research project to fit the priorities of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) research

Dr Luke Moore, Imperial College London, UK


Lunch and networking



Collaboration project pitches



Workshop sessions on designing collaborative projects related to the HIS high priority research themes. These were identified by reviewing the James Lind Alliance top priorities for healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs).

The three research workshop themes are:

Workshop 1  Prevention and surveillance of the most common HCAIs, identified as:

  • Hospital acquired respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • HCAI related to healthcare interventions e.g. surgical site infections and intravascular device related infection

Workshop 2 – New infection prevention and control (IPC) approaches/technologies: research to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of novel IPC approaches/technologies that reduce the transmission and acquisition of HCAIs when deployed within the existing hospital infrastructure and/or footprint.

Workshop 3 – Improving infection control behaviour of healthcare professionals in the clinical environment:

  • How can we optimise the behaviour of healthcare professionals to follow best practice in preventing and controlling HCAIs?
  • How can we improve antibiotic stewardship?
  • What human factors do we need to understand further?

Delegates to participate in two 20 minute workshop sessions.






Katie Jeffrey, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK





Ginny Moore, UK Health Security Agency, UK




Jody Winter, Nottingham Trent University, UK


Coffee/tea break and poster presentations

15:00–15:45 Final workshops, presentations and Q&A  
15.45–16:45 Drinks reception and networking  
16:45 Close  


Attendance at this workshop is available and free for Microbiology Society and Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) members, however a refundable deposit of £50 will be required to secure your registration. This will be refunded after attendance. Non-members can now register for a non-refundable fee of £50. 

Register here

Cancellations will be accepted in writing by email to [email protected] up to 14 days prior to the event and the deposit will be refunded in full. Deposit refunds will not be provided for cancellations less than 14 days prior to the event or for delegates who do not attend on the day.



The Birmingham Conferences and Events Centre
Hill Street
B5 4EW

Located in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, The BCEC is just one minutes' walk from Birmingham New Street Station.

Grants and Professional Development

Grants and Professional Development

The Society are providing bursaries of up to £100 to support members who require financial support with travel expenses to attend Bridging the clinical–research gap. Once you have registered for the event, please email [email protected] to apply for the bursary.
Continued Professional Development CPD Credits

This workshop has been accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists for 6 CPD points.