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PHO Rounds: Visiting Speaker : Prospects of whole genome sequencing of pathogens in the management and control of infectious diseases
Friday, November 30, 2018 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 661 University Ave. 17th Floor, boardroom 17-53, Toronto ON M5G 1M1
Infectious Diseases; Laboratory Testing and Sciences
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Rounds: Visiting Speaker
Format: In Person; Webinar

Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Whole genome sequencing of pathogens is a rapidly developing technology. It is already yielding new insights into many features of infectious diseases. This session will highlight the current status and anticipated future developments of this revolutionary technology. Illustrative examples of outbreak investigations highlight how genome sequencing is leading to better understanding of reservoirs, routes of transmission and ways of interrupting outbreaks caused by pathogens, in addition to clarifying the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, their emergence and spread.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain genome sequencing;
  • Explain the use of genome sequencing in investigating outbreaks;
  • Identify new insights into antimicrobial resistance.

Presenter: Professor Derrick Crook

Derrick is the Director of National Infection Service, Public Health England and Professor of Microbiology, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford. He studied medicine (South Africa) and tropical medicine (London), specialized in general internal medicine and infectious diseases (USA) and clinical microbiology (UK). He has practiced as an Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist in Oxford for over 30 years. He established a research group at the University of Oxford translating whole genome sequencing for many pathogens. This research led to the first implementation of whole genome sequencing as a clinical and public health service for tuberculosis in England.

Please note that you will receive details on how to join the webinar after registering for this event.

Public Health Ontario Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact


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