Our aim is to develop and implement rapid, discriminatory bacterial strain-typing to facilitate detection and monitoring, elucidate inter-strain differences in transmissibility and evolution of successful lineages. We also contribute to NSW and national initiatives in rapid diagnostics and public health surveillance of antibiotic resistance. CIDM-PH has established a program of translational research in novel bacterial genotyping and antibiotic resistance profiling systems for surveillance of invasive pneumococcal, Campylobacter, Salmonella, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), VRE and Clostridium difficile infections. Our program of research helps to reduce hospital MRSA transmission byrapid MRSA strain-typing and transmission alerts to trigger timely intervention.
Our readiness was tested recently when we identified the causative agent of three cases of unknown infection in Tasmania as Francisella tularensis (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/18/9/11-1856_article). CIDM-PH is a major participant in the University of Sydney’s Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, which offers new collaborative research and funding opportunities by bringing together researchers in human and veterinary infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health law, ethics and social sciences.