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Special Issue "Diagnosis of Bacterial Pathogens"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
1. Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Campus Biotech Building B2 Level 0, 9 Chemin des Mines, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland;
2. Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Old Road Campus, Oxford OX3 7BN, UK
Interests: diagnostic; public health; infectious diseases; non-malarial fevers; Rickettsial pathogens; resource limited; diagnosis; low and middle income countries; Emerging infections
Bacterial infections are responsible for a large disease burden globally with a wide range of syndromes, from fevers without a focus to severe meningitis. These clinical manifestations are caused by a multitude of bacterial pathogens like Streptococcus spp. and Pseudomonas spp. both contributing to the pneumonia disease burden, or Vibrio cholera and Salmonella spp. which is responsible for diarrheal diseases in certain parts of the world. Globally the bacterial pathogen that causes the most death is Mycobacterium tuberculosis—the causative agent of TB—particularly in less well-resourced settings. However, while TB is a major killer, it is clear that a wide range of bacterial pathogens are in fact responsible for mortality and morbidity around the world. Some pathogens are well-known, others are newly or re-emerging agents like Orientia tsutsugamushi or Burkholderia pseudomallei. While the transmission of pathogens varies depending on the species (food/water contamination, soil transmitted, and vector borne or person-to-person) the diagnostic challenge—to pin-point the causative agent in a timely manner—exists for nearly all of them. As such, the field of bacterial pathogen diagnosis particularly interesting and puzzling.
In light of this, it is essential that we build a holistic understanding of the bacterial ecosystem and natural history, to improve timely diagnosis and patient care, particularly in times of rising antimicrobial resistance levels and global warming. To contribute to the knowledge base on diagnosis of bacterial pathogens, the following topics will be considered:
- Simple tools to address AMR
- Sample processing and innovative approaches to improve the latter
- One Health approach to diagnostic of bacterial infections
- Innovative approaches to understand infection vs carriage
Dr. Sabine Dittrich
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- Natural history of infection
- Point of care
- Antimicrobial resistance