Welcome to the BSMT Website
The BSMT is a not-for-profit organisation of healthcare scientists and medical microbiologists working mainly in the NHS and Public Health England. The society's aim is to promote an exchange of information on laboratory practices in clinical microbiology and it does this mainly by organising an annual scientific conference every May in Colindale and every other year holds an autumn symposium in a regional venue.
The BSMT was founded in 1985 by microbiologists from a widespread geographical area in the UK with a common interest in antimicrobial susceptibility sensitivity testing and with concerns about the plethora of methods and the need for validation of procedures. Since then, the BSMT has become broader in its interests and covers many different aspects of microbial technology and management. The BSMT has complementary roles by offering grants to support laboratory based education and facilitating consultation of microbiology guidance / policies via this website.
In 1986, the Society produced a Handbook for Multipoint Methods which is available for download.
BSMT conferences are aimed at senior biomedical and clinical scientists, other scientists, medical microbiologists and other healthcare professionals. They are particularly relevant for bench microbiologists to provide up-to-date information about organisms and techniques especially with regard to new molecular technologies.
The BSMT 33rd Annual Scientific Conference, held in May at PHE, Colindale, was another decisive success. The conference this year focused on Rapid Diagnostics – Time is Relative. It teased out some of the benefits and advantages of new technology whilst also reviewing and describing improvements with some older technologies. This use of conventional methods was shown to be particularly relevant in blood stream infections where streamlining the process from blood collection to identification of the organism responsible improved patient outcomes. This excellent presentation from Dr Michael Weinbren is accessible below, along with some of the other talks from the meeting. There will be also be a comprehensive write-up from the meeting in Pathology in Practice.
Friday 19 October 2018
Autumn Symposium 2018 Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool -
Going Overboard with Microbiology – Women and Children First
Downloadable Programme and Application form
Keynote Speaker: Paediatric Overview
Dr Andrew Riordan, Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
Lung infection microbiota in cystic fibrosis
Professor Chris van der Gast, Professor of Microbiology, Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Healthcare Sciences
Group B streptococci and other neonatal infections
Dr Jim Gray, Consultant Microbiologist, Department of Microbiology, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
UTI’s and the urinary microbiome
Dr Robin Howe, Consultant Microbiologist, Public Health Wales Microbiology Cardiff, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
The rise and fall of pertussis: Evaluation of the Pertussis Immunisation Programme for pregnant women
Dr Helen Campbell, Senior Clinical Scientist, Immunisation and Countermeasures, National Infection Service, PHE Colindale
Studying the transmission dynamics of norovirus in a paediatric hospital
Dr Kathryn Harris, Clinical Scientist, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
The vaginal microbiome and sexually transmitted infections
Professor Janneke van de Wijgert, Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool
Professor Brian Duerden CBE and Professor Eric Bolton will chair the symposium.
- Keynote Speaker: Paediatric Overview
Annual Scientific Conference 2018, PHE Colindale. Suggest topics by emailing email@example.com
Full programme and application form to follow - watch this space!
The 33rd BSMT Annual Scientific Conference was held on Friday 18 May 2018
entitled Rapid Diagnostics – Time is Relative at PHE Colindale
This provocative programme teased out how molecular techniques affect turn round times and what conventional microbiology can still offer. Access the programme
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
Professor 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.
- Optimising recovery of bacteria from blood cultures
Responding to the Evaluation Reports
The BSMT committee is very pleased with the feedback from delegates on the scientific meetings where over 90% of those completing the form scored the content, speakers and venue very highly. Praise from delegates included:
Professional presentations in high profile establishment with excellent Chairs
Excellent trade show and opportunity for networking
Variety of topics
Please follow the link to find out about the criticisms and how we are responding!
Laboratory Education Grants
The BSMT offers Laboratory Education Grants of up to £1000. Ideally, these will support the practical side of laboratory-orientated education. For example, they may be used to purchase consumables or commercial kits used in the project module of microbiology courses.
Grants will be awarded on the basis of the application’s quality and its relevance to diagnostic microbiology. Submissions should include a budget breakdown of costs.
If you would like to apply, please fill out the Laboratory Education Grants Application Form and post it to the address in the form. If you would like to discuss an application in advance of applying, please contact Sally Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation to Comment on UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations
All microbiologists are invited to comment of the UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs).
Fifty years of microbiology, antibiotics and vaccines
Read Trevor Winstanley's article: 'Fifty years of microbiology, antibiotics and vaccines'.
Over the past few years, the BSMT has run several very successful annual scientific meetings at the Centre for Infections, Colindale, in North London.
33rd BSMT Annual Scientific Conference: Friday 18th May 2018
Venue: Colindale, Public Health England.
Rapid Diagnostics - Time is Relative
32nd BSMT Annual Scientific Conference: Friday 12th May 2018
Venue: Colindale, Public Health England.
Hot Topics in Microbiology: Join the Grapevine
31st BSMT Annual Scientific Conference: Friday 20th May 2016
Venue: Colindale, Public Health England.
Assessing the Impact of New Technology in Diagnostics on Global Epidemiology: How Laboratories make a Difference
Regional Symposium: 'To Screen or Not to Screen'
Held on Friday 27th November 2015 at Liverpool Maritime Museum
30th BSMT Annual Scientific Conference: Friday 15 May 2015
Venue: Colindale, Public Health England (formerly Health Protection Agency)
Diagnostic microbiology: Lab life but not as we know it
- 29th Annual Scientific Meeting: Antimicrobial resistance - a bitter pill to swallow
Held on Friday 16th May 2014 at Colindale, Public Health England (formerly Health Protection Agency)
Regional Symposium: 'Microbiology of the Compromised Host'
Held on Friday 11th October 2013 at Mercure Sheffield St.Paul's Hotel and Spa
28th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'Microbiology of Normally Sterile Sites: Enrich your Culture'
Held on 17th May 2013 at Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency), Colindale, London.
27th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'Sexually Transmitted Infections: Warts and All'
Held on Friday 18th May 2012 at Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London
Enterics Symposium – 'Current Practices – a bog standard approach?'
Held on 25 November 2011 at Liverpool ACC Conference Centre, Albert Dock, Liverpool
26th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'New Technologies: Thoroughly Modern Methods'
Held on Friday 20th May 2011 at Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London
25th Annual Scientific Meeting - 'Back to the Future - 25 Years of Clinical Microbiology'
Held on Friday, 14th May 2010 at Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London
Scientific Workshop 2009 - "Enterics – a bog standard approach?"
Held on Friday, 27 November 2009 at The Hinckley Island Hotel, Watling Street, Hinckley
24th Annual Scientific Meeting - "Tips for TATs: The Importance of Turn-Around Times and Point of Care Tests in Microbiology"
Held on Friday, 8 May 2009 at the Centre of Infections, HPA Colindale.
23rd Annual Scientific Meeting - "Doing more for less - giving up on culture"
Held on Friday, 16 May 2008 at the Centre for Infections, HPA Colindale.
22nd Annual Scientific Meeting 2007 - "Do the Sick no Harm"
This ASM was held on Friday, 4 May 2007 in the Wilson Lecture Theatre, Centre for Infections, HPA Colindale.
The 21st Annual Scientific Meeting, TB or not TB? was held on Friday 12th May 2006.
A Programme of the 21st ASM is available.
The 20th Annual Scientific Meeting, "CNS Infections: A Laboratory Headache" was held on Friday 20th May 2005.
A Programme of the 20th ASM, with links to presentations is available.
- The 19th Annual Scientific Meeting, "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Changing Perspectives", was held on Friday 14th May 2004. View the Programme of the 19th ASM.
- A Workshop on Enteric Investigations was held in November 2003. Slides are also available.
- The 18th meeting, "Get it off your Chest", was held on Friday 16th May 2003. Slides are available.