This course type is laboratory

Genomics and Clinical Microbiology

17 - 22 January 2016Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Application Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    The future of microbiological diagnostics and infection epidemiology is
    increasingly centred around rapid molecular testing and the application
    of sequencing technology. Practitioners in these disciplines will have to
    process and interpret such data, which is very different from the
    agar-centric clinical microbiology laboratories of the past.

    The Genomics and Clinical Microbiology course combines practical hands-on
    laboratory and bioinformatics work with faculty lectures by, and
    discussions with, leaders in this crucial, exciting, and expanding area.
    The aim is to equip clinical scientists, specialist registrars, and
    consultants in infection disciplines with sufficient understanding of
    these areas to meet these challenges in the future. The course will
    concentrate on the application of cutting edge molecular and genomic
    techniques that could be implemented today,  and explore new
    approaches that will enter practice in the coming few years. The
    programme will include sample collection and preparation,
    characterization with a variety of molecular techniques, and data
    interpretation using a variety of practical bioinformatic

    PLEASE NOTE: bursaries are available for clinical and
    academic applicants from anywhere in the world to attend this course, see
    below for details. This includes bursaries for UK registrars. In
    addition, CPD accreditation will be sought from the Royal College of

    Feedback from the 2015 course
    “An informative and comprehensive course highly recommended to any
    clinical microbiologists or scientists who are interested in microbial
    “Thank you for all your effort. Everyone was kind and helpful. I am using
    the knowledge to promote a service redesign in our large laboratory”

    “Thank you for an excellent opportunity and great teaching. I left
    feeling inspired and educated!”
    “Thanks so much for a truly fantastic course!”

  • Programme

    The practical part of the course will
    provide laboratory and computer
    sessions that will examine the
    application of molecular (and
    specifically genomic) techniques to three
    example clinical problems in
    tuberculosis, enteric infections; and encapsulated
    bacteria. There will
    be demonstrations of the
    uses of different approaches in these clinical
    areas. Participants will use data generated on the course to make
    clinical and infection control

    The course will cover a range of cutting-edge diagnostic techniques

    • Design of real time PCR tests for pathogen detection
    • Real time PCR to detect multiple pathogens
    • Whole genome sequencing (WGS)
    • Mycobacterial typing methodologies
    • Molecular bacterial load assays
    • Sequence-based isolate characterisation
    • PCR-based typing
    • Bioinformatics and data interpretation

    Areas/issues that will be addressed in practicals, demonstrations or

    • Specimen collection and contamination problems
    • Biological background to WGS approaches
    • Next generation and third generation sequencing
    • Technique discrimination – demonstrate how to choose the appropriate technique
    • Case studies demonstrating the relative merits of ‘genetics’ and ‘culture’
    • Developing a molecular diagnostic service

    CPD Accreditation
    CPD accreditation will be sought from the Royal College of

  • Instructors / Speakers

    Course instructors
    Martin Maiden University of Oxford, UK
    Stephen Gillespie University of St Andrews, UK
    Cath Arnold Public Health England, UK

    Guest speakers
    Dag Harmsen University of Münster, Germany
    Estee Torok University of Cambridge Department of Medicine, UK
    Julian Parkhill Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Jon Green Public Health England, UK
    Derrick Crook University of Oxford, UK

  • How to Apply

    Applicants should be clinical scientists, specialist registrars or
    consultants in medical microbiology.

    course is subsidised by the Wellcome Genome Campus
    Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences Programme. This is a
    course and there is a fee of £745 towards board and lodging
    for non-commercial applicants. Please contact us for the commercial fee.

    Applications for this course can be completed online. If you have any
    problems with the online application process, please contact us.

    Please note: Applications
    must be supported by a
    recommendation from a scientific or clinical sponsor (e.g. supervisor or
    head of department). A request for a supporting
    statement will be sent
    to your nominated sponsor automatically during
    the application process.
    Applicants must ensure that their sponsor
    provides this supporting
    statement by the application deadline. Applications without a supporting
    statement cannot be considered.


  • Bursaries

    Advanced Courses are subsidised for non-commercial applicants from
    anywhere in the world. Additional, limited bursaries are
    available (up
    to 50% of the course fee) and are awarded on merit. If you would like to
    apply for a
    bursary, please complete the bursary section of the online

    Please note that both the applicant
    and sponsor are required to provide
    a justification for the
    bursary as part of the application.

    Bursary terms and conditions

    UK Courses (held at the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton,
    limited number of bursaries are available for each course. These are
    awarded by the selection committee according to merit. The bursary
    covers a maximum of 50% of the course fee, though in exceptional
    circumstances an application for the total course fee may be considered.
    Where there are many bursary applications, the selection committee may
    issue smaller amounts. We cannot assist with travel costs to attend UK

    Overseas Courses (held outside of the UK)
    limited number of bursaries are available for each course. These are
    awarded on merit to cover travel, accommodation and sustenance. The
    maximum award for travel (economy class) will be £750.

    Bursaries can be applied for as part of the course application form.
    will be notified of a bursary award along with their place on
    course, usually within one month of the application deadline. The
    decision of the selection committee is