Course “Molecular, genomic and metagenomic approaches to combat antimicrobial resistance” at Montevideo 2019

  • 2019•11•20     Uruguay

    As an itinerant activity on the Institute Pasteur Dr. Gregorio Iraola has prepared 2019 version of “Molecular, genomic and metagenomic approaches to combat antimicrobial resistance” at Montevideo, Uruguay. Among invited speakers are international experts such as Dr. H. Morgan Scott, from Texas A&M University, US; Dr. Guy Loneragan, and Dr. Marie Bugarel both from Texas Tech University, US; and Dr. Trevor D. Lawley, from Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK.

    Next December 2nd to 6th, at Institute Pasteur, in Montevideo will host this workshop that intends to follow a hands-on training scheme, with 20% of time spent in lectures given by local and international experts and 80% of time spent in assisting the trainees in wet lab and sequencing data analysis sessions. The course will be focused to postgraduate students and postdocs whose research projects require: (i) high-level training in the molecular characterization of antibiotic resistant pathogens; and (ii) the handling, analysis and interpretation of genomic and metagenomic data produced by high-throughput sequencing technologies (HTS) with the aim of studying antibiotic resistant determinants and the host-associated or environmental resistome.

    Anyway, scientist at any point of their careers who, for any reason, are newcomers to these fields will be welcomed as well. In general the course will be divided in four kinds of activities: (i) topic-specific lectures, (ii) wet lab sessions, (iii) bioinformatic sessions and (iv) discussion groups. Lectures will be given by experts on different fields like design of molecular typing methods for detecting antibiotic resistance genes, HTS sequencing, emergence evolution of antibiotic resistance, algorithms for comparative genomics and metagenomics, etc.

    Wet lab sessions will be focused on applying standardized PCR or LAMP protocols for the detection and characterization of antibiotic resistant bacteria relevant for human and animal health. Hands-on bioinformatic sessions will provide standard analytical protocols to screen bacterial genomes seeking for antibiotic resistance genes, perform phylogenetic comparisons of antibiotic resistant lineages and analyze the diversity of the resistome in host-associated and environmental metagenomes. Both the wet lab and bioinformatic sessions will be core of the course and the most time-consuming and intensive activities, these sessions will be the real life opportunity for the trainees to face, try and improve the experimental approaches that today are used to face the problem of antibiotic resistance. The discussion groups will be more relaxed sessions were trainees with common scientific interests will have the opportunity to discuss with the experts, raising new ideas and analytical approaches to their problems.

    Trainees will be chosen by free application after diffusion of professionals throughout the region, contemplating especially fellowships for students.

    Further information available here