Next week PHE will host our fifth annual conference at the University of Warwick. As we prepare to bring together the public health community I’m taking a look with PHE colleagues at three key topics which are at the forefront of …
Christine is a graduate of Glasgow University with a BSc Honours and a PhD in medical microbiology. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. After a Wellcome Foundation Research Fellowship, she was appointed to a lecturer post in the medical school at Glasgow University. In the mid-1990s she moved to a senior role in the Public Health Laboratory Service at Colindale, eventually becoming Deputy Director for Reference Microbiology. In September 2006, she became Executive Director of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) Regional Microbiology Network and in 2010 was appointed as Executive Director for HPA Microbiology Services, a newly established division of the HPA that en.compassed the microbiology services delivered by Porton, Colindale, the eight Regional Laboratories and the five Food, Water and Environmental laboratories.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a vital public health problem facing England. Rates have stabilised over the past seven years, but the incidence of TB in England remains high compared to most other Western European countries. TB is transmitted from person to …
Over the past 70 years antibiotics have been hugely important in our defence against infectious diseases caused by bacteria. However, bacterial resistance to antibiotics is becoming a global public health problem and if we are to develop new treatments for …
Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms such as viruses and bacteria. In the past as microbiologists we would have relied on growing, staining and peering down microscopes as a way of identifying and characterising clinically important organisms, such as …
In December 2012, Prime Minister David Cameron announced the “100,000 Genome Project” where the personal DNA code (known as a genome) of up to 100,000 patients, or infections in patients, will be decoded over the next 5 years. This will …
For those who haven't heard of it, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by tick bites, with between 900 and 1000 confirmed cases each year in the UK. It can lead to serious health issues if left untreated, so raising …
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