British Society for Microbial Technology
33rd BSMT Annual Scientific Meeting: Friday 18 May 2018
Venue: Colindale, Public Health England

Rapid Diagnostics - Time is Relative


The BSMT Annual Conference is aimed at bench microbiologists to provide up-to-date information about organisms and techniques especially new molecular technology

This provocative programme teased out how molecular techniques affect turn round times and what conventional microbiology can still offer.

We are very pleased that the symposium will include following speakers and subjects:

  • Optimising recovery of bacteria from blood cultures
    Dr Mike Weinbren, Consultant Microbiologist, Kingsmill Hospital, Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust
  • Device related orthopaedic infections and the potential place of new technologies
    Dr Bridget Atkins, Consultant, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Clinical Lead, Bone Infection Unit, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
  • Tracking Staph. aureus around the Intensive Care Unit
    Dr Stephanie Dancer, Consultant Microbiologist, NHS Lanarkshire and Professor of Microbiology, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Increased efficiency to meet winter demands for rapid detection of respiratory viruses
    Dr Gemma Clark, Clinical Scientist, Nottingham University Hospitals
  • Molecular diagnostics for enteric infections – Relevance for clinical diagnosis and public health
    Prof Eric Bolton, Honorary Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Liverpool
  • Rapid metagenomic diagnosis of hospital acquired pneumonia
    Dr Justin O’Grady, Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia
  • Rapid diagnostics, bad bugs and antibiotics: not that easy
    Dr Vanya Gant, Clinical Director for Infection, University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Professor Brian Duerden CBE and Professor Eric Bolton chaired the symposium.