The hospital microbiome project: Meeting report for the UK science and innovation network UK-USA workshop 'beating the superbugs: Hospital microbiome studies for tackling antimicrobial resistance', October 14th 2013

Jack Westwood, Matthew Burnett, David Spratt, Michael Ball, Daniel J. Wilson, Sally Wellsteed, David Cleary, Andy Green, Emma Hutley, Anna Cichowska, Susan Hopkins, Mark Wilcox, Anthony Kessel, Ghada Zoubiane, Lara Bethke, Derrick W. Crook, Jimmy Walker, Mark Sutton, Philip Marsh, Ginny MoorePeter Wilson, Alison Holmes, Peter Hoffman, Chris Smith, Beryl Oppenheim, Julian Parkhill, Neil Woodford, Julie Robotham, Claire Kidgell, Martin Anyim, Gabriella Gilkes, Dawn Field, Josh Quick, Tony Pickering, Benjamin C. Kirkup, Jack Gilbert

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Abstract

The UK Science and Innovation Network UK-USA workshop 'Beating the Superbugs: Hospital Microbiome Studies for tackling Antimicrobial Resistance' was held on October 14th 2013 at the UK Department of Health, London. The workshop was designed to promote US-UK collaboration on hospital microbiome studies to add a new facet to our collective understanding of antimicrobial resistance. The assembled researchers debated the importance of the hospital microbial community in transmission of disease and as a reservoir for antimicrobial resistance genes, and discussed methodologies, hypotheses, and priorities. A number of complementary approaches were explored, although the importance of the built environment microbiome in disease transmission was not universally accepted. Current whole genome epidemiological methods are being pioneered in the UK and the benefits of moving to community analysis are not necessarily obvious to the pioneers; however, rapid progress in other areas of microbiology suggest to some researchers that hospital microbiome studies will be exceptionally fruitful even in the short term. Collaborative studies will recombine different strengths to tackle the international problems of antimicrobial resistance and hospital and healthcare associated infections.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12
JournalStandards in Genomic Sciences
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Hospital microbiome
  • Nosocomial infections
  • Superbugs

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