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Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician

Human Papilloma Virus – further resources

HPV organism overview summary from Dr Rob Pickles, June 2018  20180615092024. Naturally Acquired Immunity Against Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Why It Matters in the HPV Vaccine Era. Editorial, JID 2014. Possible interactions between Chlamydial infection/ other STDs and HPV carcinogenesis : Cervical Cancer Induction Enhancement … Continue reading

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NAMS Nepal presentations 2018 (R Martin)

Here are the four presentations given to National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital Pathology and Medicine Residents over the week commencing 7/5/18  by Emeritus Professor Robert Martin, President of the Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program. Laboratory Strengthening and the Diagnostic … Continue reading

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NAMS Nepal presentations 2018 (JK Ferguson)

Here are the three presentations given to National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital Medical Residents over the week commencing 7/5/18. Thank you for attending and I hope they were useful. Please feel free to contact me via email if … Continue reading

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How to read the cumulative antibiogram and its usefulness

Here are example antibiograms for Hunter New England (NSW). These are constructed by assessing the % susceptible for specific bugs and drugs, taking only the first isolate of a species per person per annum.  Where is it possible extrapolate susceptibility … Continue reading

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Nocardia (part 2 topic)

Guest posting: Dr Syeda Navqi, Microbiology Registrar, Pathology North.  Group: Aerobic actinomycetes Gram positive bacteria that are usually filamentous and branched, commonly producing a fungus like mycelium that fragments into rod shaped or short coccoid form. All grow better under … Continue reading

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Recent update on TB diagnostic techniques – GenXpert MTB/RIF Ultra

Guest posting: Dr Ian Marr, Microbiology Registrar, Pathology NSW, Hunter The GenXpert used in most LMIC has cartridges for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) – GenXpert MTB/RIF. These contain primers and molecular beacon probes for the detection of both MTB … Continue reading

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AST, MIC, Clinical Breakpoints, ECOFFs and AST QC

Please remember to revise this page for the detailed explanations about AST, MICs, Breakpoints, ECOFFs etc.  A summary of relevant concepts is here – Antimicrobial susceptibility testing practical approaches to quality control Nov 2016. Some questions that arose in today’s tutorial-  1. … Continue reading

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Module 1 2018 – additional short answer questions

Contrast the terms phenotype versus genotype and give several examples related to antibiotic resistance in Staph. aureus and Coliforms. What does MLST stand for and how is it determined? What are disadvantages of using resistance genotype compared with a phenotype? … Continue reading

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Human Papilloma Virus key papers: testing strategy, impact of immunisation, women’s knowledge (PNG)

HPV and cervical cancer remain incredibly important topics for detailed study by all post graduates.  Again, these papers are available as free text via the PUBMED links provided. Field Evaluation of Xpert HPV Point-of-Care Test for Detection of Human Papillomavirus … Continue reading

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STDs in the Pacific and elsewhere: some essential research papers to review

Most of these have free text available via the PUBMED link and come from projects lead by PNGIMR and the Kirby and Burnet Institutes.  Remember as well to use the WHO STD Laboratory Manual as your microbiological study reference for … Continue reading

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