04 Oct - Online, United Kingdom
The Microbiology Society is hosting a webinar as part of a new cross-government project to track foodborne pathogens, entitled Pathogen Surveillance in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (PATH-SAFE). This £19m project brings together the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS), the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and the Environment Agency to test the application of genomic technologies in the surveillance of foodborne pathogens and antimicrobial resistant (AMR) microbes in all four nations of the UK.
The three-year project will seek to develop a pilot national surveillance network, using the latest DNA-sequencing technology and environmental sampling to improve the detection and tracking of foodborne and antimicrobial resistant pathogens through the whole agri-food system from farm to fork. The heart of this ‘virtual’ network will be a new database that will permit the analysis, storage and sharing of pathogen sequence and source data, collected from multiple locations across the UK by both government and public organisations.
This webinar will reflect the ‘One Health’ approach of the project, recognising that health, food and environment are all linked and that AMR in the environment can have profound implications for other sectors. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the project from the different stakeholders involved.
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Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting. Keep up to date on our social media by following us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #PATHSAFE21.
|10:30–10:45||Introduction||Professor Robin May, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Food Standards Agency (10 mins + 5 mins for questions)|
Dr Alwyn Hart, Environmental Agency (10 mins + 5 for mins for questions)
|11:00–11:15||Genomics in outbreak tracing and surveillance||Dr Lesley Larkin, Public Health England (10 mins + 5 mins for questions)|
|11:15–11:30||Genomic data harvesting and visualisation||
Professor David Aenensen, Oxford University (10 mins + 5 mins for questions)
|11:30–12:00||Panel discussion||(15-30 mins)|
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