Diagnostics workshop: mobile detection platforms
for One Health diagnostics applications
14th April 2022
How to apply?
See below for more information.
Aims of the workshop:
The workshop aims to discuss factors influencing the design of diagnostic assays for One Health applications, including sample types (environmental, medical or veterinary), target sequences and assay format, reflecting on current standard diagnostics in public and animal health.
A second objective will be to illustrate the background of two key mobile diagnostics platforms: LAMP and LEC-LAMP, their application in diagnostics, advantages compared to conventional assays and to discuss current challenges.
This workshop is open for One Health EJP Consortium Members and Stakeholders. The event is targeted to PhD students, early career researchers and scientists with an interest in One Health-related diagnostic applications.
How to attend
If you wish to participate in this workshop, please click here to apply.
If you have any questions, please contact the organisers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Roberto La Ragione is a veterinary microbiologist with a particular interest in zoonotic bacterial pathogens of livestock & companion animals. His current research focuses on understanding the pathobiology of zoonotic pathogens, antimicrobial resistance and the development of novel intervention strategies, including diagnostics, vaccines and probiotics. Roberto is currently Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Head of the School of Biosciences and Medicine. Roberto is the past president of the EU Med-Vet-Net association, the Chair of the Royal College of Pathologists Veterinary Pathology Specialty Advisory Committee, Chair of the Humanimal Trust, a member of the Houghton Trust and a member of the APHA Science Advisory Board. Roberto is an Associate member of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology (AECVM). In 2020 he was awarded Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (HonAssocRCVS).
Dr Louise O’Connor (M.Sc., Ph.D.) is a Development Manager with the Centre for One Health and Senior Technical Officer in the School of Medicine at NUI Galway. She has extensive experience in pathogen detection using microbiological and molecular methods and has been involved in several collaborative research programmes with global diagnostics companies focusing on molecular test development. She is a named inventor on eight patents all centred on molecular diagnostic applications. Louise was founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Advanced Molecular Systems Ltd and was responsible for development of molecular diagnostic tests many of which are currently on the market for clinical use. She previously worked in R&D with Olympus Diagnostica on the development of immunological assays for the Olympus Clinical Chemistry systems. She is a member of the OHEJP WorldCom project team.
Dr Daniel Horton is a veterinarian with over 15 years’ experience in research on zoonotic viral diseases. Dan is currently a Reader in Veterinary Virology and an Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey. Prior to joining the University of Surrey in 2014 he worked at the Wildlife Zoonoses Laboratory at the UK Government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency where he led research and surveillance projects on rabies and other zoonoses, was an advisor to UK Government and the OIE and led multiple overseas assistance projects on rabies including in Africa and the Middle East. He has over 65 peer reviewed papers in the field, is an Editor at PLoS NTD, currently supervises six PhD students and teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is Deputy leader of the OH EJP project COVRIN and a collaborator in TELE-VIR and the OH EJP Training and Educational Activities.
Dr Aurore Poirier is a Research Fellow in Molecular Microbiology and Communication officer, as part of the One Health EJP consortium. She joined the University of Surrey in 2018, in Professor La Ragione’s research group and has been working since then on the development of rapid molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases. She successively worked on a BBSRC funded project in collaboration with Brunel University London, Lancaster University and 3 Universities of The Philippines to develop a rapid diagnostics platform for the detection of bacterial and viral pathogens in broiler chickens in the Philippines; and on an Innovate UK project, for the development of a New Smart Diagnostic for Infection in collaboration with Molecular Warehouse and Shanghai University. Before joining the University of Surrey, she worked on the development of a bio-medical device to treat sepsis, in the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health at University College London (UCL). Aurore was awarded a PhD in Microbiology and Parasitology in 2015, after completing an MSc in Biology of Plants and Micro-organisms in 2012 both at the University of Montpellier, France.
Dr Marwa Hassan is a Research Fellow in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of Surrey. Marwa has over 10 years’ experience in diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance with particular interest in single-cell microbiology, bacterial persistence and in vitro and ex vivo organ models. Marwa joined Prof La Ragione’s group to work on developing novel diagnostics for rapid detection of AMR for zoonotic diseases and understanding the spread of AMR in the environment using an in vitro animal model. Before joining the University of Surrey, she worked as a research fellow at School of Life Sciences, Warwick University, developing an ex vivo lung model for diagnostics and understanding antimicrobial tolerance in single and polymicrobial biofilm infections. Marwa obtained her PhD from The University of Queensland, Australia, where she developed different culture-independent diagnostic technologies for the direct real-time detection of bacterial sepsis and understanding the role of bacterial persistence in recurrent infections. She is a champion for the Microbiology Society and the local OHEJP ASM Satellite workshop 2022 organiser.
Dr Owen Higgins (M.Sc., Ph.D.) is a postdoctoral researcher with the Molecular Diagnostics Research Group and Centre for One Health at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has extensive research experience in the area of infectious disease diagnostics with a primary focus on the development of novel isothermal nucleic acid amplification diagnostics for point-of-care application. Owen is currently a member of the One Health EJP WorldCom consortium working towards the development of portable diagnostics for the identification of antimicrobial resistant zoonotic pathogens in agricultural and environmental settings. He is also an organiser of the OHEJP ASM Satellite workshop 2022.
Dr Arnoud van Vliet is a Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey in the UK. His research focuses on (foodborne) zoonotic bacterial pathogens such as Campylobacter, Listeria, E. coli and Salmonella. While Arnoud trained as an experimental scientist, he moved into the area of genomics/bioinformatics with the aim of using genome sequencing and analysis technologies to better understand bacterial virulence mechanisms, immune escape, phage defence and antimicrobial resistance. One of his goals is to make bioinformatics/genomics more accessible and user-friendly to novice users.