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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

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Title: 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
Authors: Westwood, J
Burnett, M
Spratt, D
Ball, M
Wilson, DJ
Wellsteed, S
Cleary, D
Green, A
Hutley, E
Cichowska, A
Hopkins, S
Wilcox, M
Kessel, A
Zoubiane, G
Bethke, L
Crook, DW
Walker, J
Sutton, M
Marsh, P
Moore, G
Wilson, P
Holmes, A
Hoffman, P
Smith, C
Oppenheim, B
Parkhill, J
Woodford, N
Robotham, J
Kidgell, C
Anyim, M
Gilkes, G
Field, D
Quick, J
Pickering, T
Kirkup, BC
Gilbert, J
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: 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.
Issue Date: 8-Dec-2014
Date of Acceptance: 16-Jun-2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/43216
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1944-3277-9-12
ISSN: 1944-3277
Publisher: BioMed Central
Journal / Book Title: Standards in Genomic Sciences
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © 2014 Westwood et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Sponsor/Funder: Medical Research Council (MRC)
Medical Research Council (MRC)
National Institute for Health Research
Funder's Grant Number: G0800777
G0800777
RDOTH 79560
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: 12
Appears in Collections:Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine



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