British Society for Microbial Technology
29th Annual Scientific Meeting Friday 16th May 2014 Venue: Colindale, Public Health England (formerly Health Protection Agency)

Antimicrobial resistance - a bitter pill to swallow

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

Programme summary:

  • Professor Eric Bolton, President BSMT
    Introduction to the Day
  • Professor John Watson, Deputy CMO for England
    Antimicrobial resistance: a disaster in the making
  • Professor Peter Borriello, Chief Executive, Veterinary Medicines Directorate
    Antimicrobial resistance: a veterinary perspective
  • Professor Gunnar Kahlmeter, President ESCMID
    European perspectives on antimicrobial resistance & a view of the future
  • Professor David McDowell, Northern Ireland
    Antimicrobial resistance in the food chain
  • Dr Ian Morrissey, IHMA Europe
    A pharmaceutical industry perspective
  • Dr Ian Laurenson, Director Scottish Mycobacteria Reference Laboratory
    Resistance in TB: UK and global perspectives & laboratory detection
  • Dr Nicola Williams, Leahurst, Wirral
    ESBL producing E. coli: what is the threat from your pet & other animals?
  • Professor Neil Woodford, Antibiotic Reference Lab, PHE, Colindale
    Detecting carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae: why isn't there a single 'best' method?

12 posters were received and exhibited

The posters were judged by Dr Mark Wilks, Lead Clinical Scientist, Microbiology at Barts Health Trust and Lewis Hurley, Microbiology Laboratory Manager at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. The prize for the best submission was presented by Professor Peter Borriello to Ms Kathleen Seaman, a biomedical scientist from Southmead Hospital, Bristol for her poster entitled: Sensititre� YeastOne� for antifungal susceptibility testing of Candida species in a routine microbiology laboratory.

Kathleen and colleagues evaluated the accuracy and economy of the Thermo Scientific� Sensititre� YeastOne� broth micro dilution plate method with their current method of Etest� antifungal gradient strips (bioM�rieux) for patient isolates and UKNEQAS specimens. They found that YeastOne has a longer shelf-life, was easier to read, gave more accurate results for the ATCC strains and cost less than Etest.

Congratulations to Kathleen!

We plan to make the posters available for viewing shortly.