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Successful PaCMAn Course 2018

Another successful Practical and Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes course was held on 14 & 15 June in Cardiff. We had a full complement of 26 delegates, including overseas visitors from Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Romania, Germany and Costa Rica.

This 2-day residential course enables delegates to refresh their knowledge on culturing, identification and the clinical importance of anaerobes and allows them to learn from clinical and laboratory professionals about the latest technologies and techniques. The course is delivered by the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales, Cardiff and is CPD accreditated by RCPath (11 credits).

 

The main aims of the course are:

·         To promote an understanding and awareness of anaerobic bacteria in clinical material.

·         To gain an insight into their relevance in clinical microbiology.

·         To achieve a basic level of competence in methods used for their isolation and identification.

·         To improve the standards of anaerobic microbiology in clinical laboratories.

 

Feedback from delegates has again been very positive with the majority rating it ‘excellent’ overall. Participants particularly enjoyed the friendly and informative course atmosphere and provided comments such as:

“Excellent course will definitely recommend to others.”

“Will be recommending for colleagues to attend.”

“Engaging speakers, very helpful, great team. I would highly recommend this course. I have learnt so much and look forward to passing all this great information to my team at work.”

“A fantastic course that came highly recommended to me and I will certainly
recommend to others.”

“It is an excellent workshop and I will recommend the course, even if you are working outside of the UK. Lectures were clear and well organized. The booklets are very educational for my needs.”

 

Whitley A55 WorkstationDon Whitley Scientific sponsors and helps to administer the course on behalf of the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit (ARU). We loaned the ARU a Whitley A55 Workstation for the course so that they had increased incubation capacity for the practical sessions.

It is planned to hold the course again in 2019 but dates have not yet been finalised. Keep an eye on the DWS blog or contact us on sales@dwscientific.co.uk if you are interested in attending this event.

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Practical and Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes Course 2017

The Society for Anaerobic Microbiology proudly presents …

A 2 day residential course delivered by the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales, Cardiff

15-16 June 2017

Is it time to refresh your knowledge on culturing, identification and the clinical importance of  anaerobes?

Are your staff wanting to learn from experts about the latest technologies and techniques?
Only 20 places available

CPD accreditated by RCPath (11 credits)

Invaluable preparation for FRCPath

Cost: £350 + VAT (£330 + VAT for SAM members)

Cost includes one night accommodation at the Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff and all meals & refreshments plus dinner on 15th June.

Aims of the Practical and Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes Course

To promote an understanding and awareness of anaerobic bacteria in clinical material.
To gain an insight into their relevance in clinical microbiology.
To achieve a basic level of competence in methods used for their isolation and identification.
To improve the standards of anaerobic microbiology in clinical laboratories.

Preliminary Programme

Thursday 15 June

09:15 – 09:45 – Registration and Coffee
09:45 – 10:00 – Welcome and Introduction
10:00 – 12:30 – Session 1 – Back to basics – ID, susceptibility testing, hot topics
12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 – Practical Laboratory Session
19:30 for 20:00 – Dinner and Quiz

Friday 16 June

09:00 – 12:30 – Clinical Case Histories
12:30 – 13:30 – Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 – Practical Laboratory Session
16:00 – 16:30 – Course Review and Departure
To reserve your place on the Practical and Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes 2017 course, please contact:
Deborah Robinson at Don Whitley Scientific Limited on 01274 595728 or Email sales@dwscientific.co.uk

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Payment accepted by cheque (please make payable to Don Whitley Scientific Limited)
and Visa or Mastercard.

Sponsored by Don Whitley Scientific Limited

CHROMAZONA Automatic Colony Counter

Chromazona colony counter launched

Chromazona is a new automated colony counter, manufactured by Synbiosis. It is an automated microbial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) analysis system that will lead to faster results in busy clinical laboratories. Chromazona can be used to generate objective, repeatable, traceable data in double-quick time and to EUCAST standards.

Chromazona is an IVD certified instrument that:

  • Features a sensitive CCD camera, unique lighting system and powerful Chromogenic ID software to provide identification of microbial species in seconds.
  • Automatically reads different plate types up to 150mm diameter.
  • Generates true-to-life, full colour images.
  • Connects to your LIMS to store data and generate reports in Excel – no  transcription errors.
  • Provides accurate zone measurement around discs and MIC strips.
  • Features automatic comparison with EUCAST MIC breakpoint values.
  • Has free software upgrades to comply with EUCAST – no annual licence fee.
  • Provides fully traceable information for UKAS.

And don’t forget that in the UK, Don Whitley Scientific provides optional fully comprehensive maintenance and breakdown contracts to prolong the life of your investment.

Clostridium difficile studies can be done in a Whitley Workstation

Whitley Workstation used in Clostridium difficile study

The Whitley A35 Workstation has recently been used by a group at Monash University in a study relating to toxins affected by Clostridium difficile.

This very interesting research paper, entitled “CdtR Regulates TcdA and TcdB Production in Clostridium difficile“, was written by researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The results from the study “establish CdtR as an important virulence regulator in two clinically important, epidemic strains of C. difficile, and further highlights the need to investigate regulatory mechanisms of important virulence factors in diverse strain backgrounds.”  The paper proves for the first time that “TcdA and TcdB production is linked to the production of CDT by a common regulatory mechanism”.

Click here to read the full paper

Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Free Guide to Clinical Anaerobes

Need to identify clinical anaerobes?

Would a free guide be of use to you?

An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology is a unique guide that enables readers to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring clinically important anaerobic bacteria. It consists of 60 pages and is illustrated with stunningly detailed colour photographs and attractive reference tables.

Designed to fill a gap in the practical reference materials currently available to support clinical laboratory practice for microbiologists, the publication was written by Professor Michael W D Wren, MBE FIBMS, former consultant Biomedical Scientist in the microbiology department, University College Hospital, and visiting Professor at The University of Westminster. With a foreword by Professor Brian Duerden, Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at Cardiff University and input from Dr Don Whitley, Chairman and founder of Don Whitley Scientific Limited, considerable expert knowledge has been combined to make this the most up-to-date reference guide for the modern clinical laboratory.

Images were kindly supplied by the Anaerobe Reference Unit, Cardiff.

For a limited time only (until stocks last) we are offering a free copy of this publication to those who would find it useful in their work. To apply for your free copy, please contact us at sales@dwscientific.co.uk or complete our online contact form. This offer is only available to customers in the UK.

The publication is also available to purchase as a spiral bound edition, printed on waterproof, tear-resistant synthetic paper to withstand regular use at the bench. For more information, please see our website or contact us on sales@dwscientific.co.uk.

 

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2 Day Anaerobe Course

The Society for Anaerobic Microbiology is presenting a 2 day residential course, sponsored by Don Whitley Scientific and delivered by The UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales, Cardiff 25-26 June 2015.  

Is it time to refresh your knowledge on the culturing, identification and clinical importance of anaerobes?

Are your staff wanting to learn from experts about the latest technologies and techniques?

Book now – ONLY 1 PLACE REMAINING (as of 29/04/15)

Cost: £350 +VAT (£330 +VAT for SAM members) which includes:
One night accommodation at the Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff and all meals and refreshments plus dinner on 25th June.

– IBMS & RCPath CPD accreditation applied for

– Invaluable preparation for FRCPath

Aims of the course:

1. To promote an understanding and awareness of anaerobic bacteria in clinical material.

2. To gain an insight into their relevance in clinical microbiology.

3. To achieve a basic level of competence in methods used for their isolation and identification.

4. To improve the standards of anaerobic microbiology in clinical laboratories.

Speakers include:

Trefor Morris, Lead Scientist, UKARU
Dr Sheila Patrick, Chair, Society for Anaerobic Microbiology

For more information and a detailed programme, please visit the Don Whitley Scientific website – www.dwscientific.co.uk/practicalmicrobiologycourse/

To reserve your place on this course, please contact:

Deborah Robinson at Don Whitley Scientific Limited on 01274 595728 / sales@dwscientific.co.uk.
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Payment accepted by cheque (please make payable to Don Whitley Scientific Limited) and Visa or Mastercard.

Anaerobes. Where to Start?

Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

To a newcomer, the field of anaerobic research can seem intimidatingly vast. With so many varieties of anaerobes, and differing means of culturing them, you may find yourself wondering whether the method you are using is really the most efficient and cost-effective.

The first thing you need to consider is the type of anaerobe you are cultivating, whilst aerotolerant organisms and facultative anaerobes will not be harmed by a small amount of oxygen, obligate anaerobes require a completely oxygen-free environment.

We have recently produced a useful reference guide: An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology which enables the reader to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring and clinically important anaerobic bacteria.

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Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Practical Guide to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Eighteen months ago, Don Whitley Scientific played an integral role in producing An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology. This unique guide is being very well-received by scientists in laboratories nationwide. It enables the reader to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring clinically important anaerobic bacteria. It contains 60 pages printed on waterproof, tear-resistant synthetic paper to withstand regular use at the bench and is illustrated with stunningly detailed colour photographs and attractive reference tables.

Designed to fill a gap in the practical reference materials currently available to support clinical laboratory practice for microbiologists, the publication was written by Professor Michael W D Wren, MBE FIBMS, former consultant Biomedical Scientist in the microbiology department, University College Hospital, and visiting Professor at The University of Westminster. With a foreword by Professor Brian Duerden, Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at Cardiff University and input from Dr Don Whitley, Chairman and founder of Don Whitley Scientific Limited, considerable expert knowledge has been combined to make this the most up-to-date reference guide for the modern clinical laboratory.

Images were kindly supplied by the Anaerobe Reference Unit, Cardiff.

For further information, or to order your copy, please contact us at sales@dwscientific.co.uk or call us on 01274 595728.

 

Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation

And the winner is … Antibiotics

For those who are not already aware, the 2014 Longitude Prize challenge is to create a cost-effective, accurate, rapid and easy-to-use test kit for bacterial infections that will allow health professionals to administer the right antibiotics at the right time. Scientists now have 5 years in which to come up with a solution and potentially claim the £10m prize fund.

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B fragilis 5 days

DYK7: Anaerobic Control Strains

This is the 7th in our ‘Did you know’ series of articles introducing things you may not know about the Whitley range of products and services – read on and you may find out something about your workstation that could make your working life easier.

Do you know whether your anaerobic workstation is working properly? Here is a helpful procedure from our Head of Microbiology, Dr Andrew Pridmore.

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