Don Whitley Scientific recently sponsored a two day residential course delivered by the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales. The Practical & Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes Course was held on 25-26 June in Cardiff. The event served as a refresher on culturing, identifying and being aware of the clinical importance of anaerobes.
The 20 places available on the course were filled within a few weeks of the event being promoted, proving that the subject matter is of real interest to today’s microbiologists. Delegates came from all over the UK: from Inverness to Truro!
The aims of the course were:
- To promote an understanding and awareness of anaerobic bacteria in clinical material
- To gain an insight into the relevance of anaerobic bacteria in clinical microbiology
- For delegates to achieve a basic level of competence in methods used for the isolation and identification of anaerobes
- To improve the standards of anaerobic microbiology in clinical laboratories.
Trefor Morris, Lead Scientist of the UKARU, said:
“I am very proud of the commitment and dedication of my team in delivering such an excellent course. The positive feedback shows that we must continue to use our expertise to reinforce the importance of anaerobic bacteria, particularly in the face of the challenges of antimicrobial resistance. Indeed the fact that the course is already almost full for next year is testament to the level of interest and its unique nature.”
“I am also particularly happy that the delegates found the course friendly and interesting highlighted by the comments below:”
“A friendly, knowledgeable and very interesting course that I would recommend to anyone.”
“Very friendly atmosphere throughout the course, very knowledgeable and helpful staff during practical.”
“Really enjoyed the course, excellently organised and learnt lots to take back to my laboratory.”
“A fantastic course, the human clinical case presentations were very interesting.”
Don Whitley Scientific arranged for the use of a Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation for the course.