VTEC Knowledge Network Annual Conference 2015

Date: Tuesday 10 November, 2015

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin, D15 T1FD

Time: 9:15am

Keynote speakers at the conference include:

  • Dr Claire Jenkins, Public Health England, Colindale, London speaking on Public health surveillance of VTEC using whole genome sequencing
  • Prof. Marcello Trevisani, University of Bologna, Italy speaking on VTEC in dairy herds, raw milk and dairy products
  • Dr. Gro Johannessen, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Oslo on Risk factors for STEC in fresh produce

Registration

Registration is free to members of the safefood Knowledge Networks. To register, please send your name and contact details to Grainne Redmond (grainne.redmond@ucd.ie ).

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Agenda

Time Topic Speaker
9.15 Registration. Tea and coffee
9.45 Welcome

Dr Geraldine Duffy

Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown

10.00 Public health surveillance of VTEC using whole genome sequencing

Dr Claire Jenkins 

Public Health England, Colindale, London

10.30 A genomic analysis of verotoxigenic Escherichia coli

Lisa Rogers

Conway Institute, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science

10.50 The impact of a VTEC diagnosis in the under-six population of the Midlands

Dr Abigail Collins

Department of Public Health, HSE

11.10 Coffee / tea break
11.40 VTEC in dairy herds, raw milk and dairy products

Prof Marcello Trevisani

University of Bologna, Italy

12.10 Investigation of E. coli O157 and O26 shedding dynamics and super-shedding status in Irish cattle at slaughter

Dr Geraldine Duffy

Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown

12.30 Investigation into VTEC O157 and O26 super-shedding in dairy herds in Ireland, and its impact on raw milk contamination

Dr Brenda Murphy

Veterinary Food Safety Laboratory, Cork Co. Council

12.50 Lunch
2.00 Risk factors for STEC in fresh produce

Dr Gro Johannessen

Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Oslo

2.30 Environmental predictors of Verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) O157 infection in the Republic of Ireland, 2008–2013

Dr Coilín ÓhAiseadha

Department of Public Health, HSE

2.50 A study of assessing transduction and persistence of a verocytotoxin (vtx) bacteriophage during the ensiling of grass

Sepo Nyambe

Food Safety Department, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown

3.05 VTEC clinical notifications in Ireland: should our increasing numbers be taken with a pinch of magnesium chloride?

Tom Rice

Department of Biological Sciences, Cork Institute of Technology

3.25 Overview of emerging issues and hot topics from the 9th International Symposium on Shiga Toxin (Verocytotoxin) Producing Escherichia coli Infections (VTEC 2015), Boston, September, 2015

Dr Geraldine Duffy

Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown

3.45 General discussion and emerging issues

 

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