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We share our world with countless bacteria but, how are they really like? And how do we know which ones are the "bad bugs"? Join us to learn more about bacteria and how we can use their DNA to diagnose bone and joint infections and treat them more safely and effectively.
Beautiful or beastly? an intro to bacteria
Dr Suzanna Lewis (Senior Microbiology Trainer, Novel and Dangerous pathogens training, Public Health England )
“Beautiful or Beastly” is an introduction to the world of bacteria, breaking down the basics of ; what bacteria are, how they survive, what they look like and how microbiologists can identify them when we need to know which ones are being beastly. Models, demos and examples of the bugs that are all around us will give an insight into the wonderful world of bacteria.
The not so fibula-ous world of bone and joint infections, diagnosis for to-marrow!
Dr Naz Ahmad-Saeed (Research scientist in microbiology)
Undiagnosed bone and joint infections in children can lead to complications and long term effects for patients and families. Working out what is causing infection is not always easy until now. Analysis of DNA can provide an answer faster than current methods. This means that patients can be put on to the right antibiotics sooner, which in some cases can be given as tablets and they can go home rather than having to stay in hospital.