Menzies Weekly Seminar


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Presenter:  Dr Deborah Holt

Date: Jul 24, 2018

Time: 11:00am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Menzies Communications Team
T: 8946 8658
E: communications@menzies.edu.au

Location:  Auditorium | John Mathews Building (Bldg 58), Royal Darwin Hospital Campus - available on WebEx

Title
Staphylococcus aureus skin carriage and infection in a prospective cohort of NT dialysis clients and staff

Abstract:
Serious bloodstream or peritoneal infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus are frequent complications for people undergoing renal replacement therapy. Data from 2010 showed that the incidence rate of these infections was much higher in the Darwin region than in comparable jurisdictions. This project aimed to identify possible reservoirs of S. aureus infections, using a systematic program of microbiological sampling of dialysis service clients and staff. Detailed genetic comparisons were undertaken between colonising S. aureus isolates and isolates causing clinical infections, to reveal transmission events. The aim was to inform ongoing infection control strategies to reduce the morbidity associated with these serious infections.

Biography:
Deb is a molecular biologist with a particular interest in infectious diseases. Having begun her career in malaria research, she has worked on scabies for the past 10 years, focusing on molecular aspects of mite biology read more on our website.

Next: Tuesday, 31 July

Dr Elizabeth Barr | “The Cardiovascular Risk In IndigenouS People (CRISP) study: enhancing the accuracy of heart disease risk assessment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians”.

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