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The hospital microbiome project: meeting report for the UK science and innovation network UK-USA workshop 'beating the superbugs: hospital microbiome studies for tackling antimicrobial resistance', October 14th 2013

Westwood, Jack; Burnett, Matthew; Spratt, David; Ball, Michael; Wilson, Daniel; Wellsteed, Sally; Cleary, David; Green, Andy; Hutley, Emma; Cichowska, Anna; Hopkins, Susan; Wilcox, Mark; Kessel, Anthony; Zoubiane, Ghada; Bethke, Lara; Crook, Derrick; Walker, Jimmy; Sutton, Mark; Marsh, Philip; Moore, Ginny; Wilson, Peter; Holmes, Alison; Hoffman, Peter; Smith, Chris; Oppenheim, Beryl; Parkhill, Julian; Woodford, Neil; Robotham, Julie; Kidgell, Claire; Anyim, Martin; Gilkes, Gabriella; Field, Dawn; Quick, Josh; Pickering, Tony; Kirkup, Benjamin C.; Gilbert, Jack. 2014 The hospital microbiome project: meeting report for the UK science and innovation network UK-USA workshop 'beating the superbugs: hospital microbiome studies for tackling antimicrobial resistance', October 14th 2013. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 12. 10.1186/1944-3277-9-12

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Abstract/Summary

The UK Science and Innovation Network UK-USA workshop ‘Beating the Superbugs: Hospital Microbiome Studies for tackling Antimicrobial Resistance’ was held on October 14th 2013 at the UK Department of Health, London. The workshop was designed to promote US-UK collaboration on hospital microbiome studies to add a new facet to our collective understanding of antimicrobial resistance. The assembled researchers debated the importance of the hospital microbial community in transmission of disease and as a reservoir for antimicrobial resistance genes, and discussed methodologies, hypotheses, and priorities. A number of complementary approaches were explored, although the importance of the built environment microbiome in disease transmission was not universally accepted. Current whole genome epidemiological methods are being pioneered in the UK and the benefits of moving to community analysis are not necessarily obvious to the pioneers; however, rapid progress in other areas of microbiology suggest to some researchers that hospital microbiome studies will be exceptionally fruitful even in the short term. Collaborative studies will recombine different strengths to tackle the international problems of antimicrobial resistance and hospital and healthcare associated infections.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1186/1944-3277-9-12
CEH Sections: CEH Fellows
ISSN: 1944-3277
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link
Additional Keywords: antibiotic resistance, nosocomial infections, hospital microbiome, superbugs
NORA Subject Terms: Health
Medicine
Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 18 Feb 2015 12:18 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/509768

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