Meintrup DWS bei der Analytica

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Vom 10. – 13. April waren wir mit unserer englischen Muttergesellschaft Don Whitley Scientific in München auf der 26. Analytica vertreten, um dort unsere Produkte auszustellen. Die Analytica ist eine internationale Fachmesse für Labortechnik, die alle Aspekte moderner Analytik in Industrie und Forschung vereint.

 

Meintrup DWS und Don Whitley Scientific zeigten auf dem Messestand eine breite Palette von Produkten. Dazu gehörten unter anderem der Spiralplater Whitley WASP Touch und die anaerobe Arbeitsstation Whitley A55. Ebenfalls ausgestellt waren verschiedene Geräte zur Probenvorbereitung, wie zum Beispiel der Luftkeimsammler Airwel und der Nährmedienpräparator Mediawel und diverse aW-Messgeräte.

 

Auch in diesem Jahr war die Teilnahme bei der Analytica wieder ein voller Erfolg und wir freuen uns aufs nächste Mal!

 

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Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes – Course Success

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.

 

A Don Whitley A55 Workstation
A Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation

73. Jahreskongress der SGM

73. Jahreskongress der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Mikrobiologie (SGM)

Am 28. und 29. Mai 2015 fanden Sie uns erstmals  im Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano zu folgender Veranstaltung: 73. Jahreskongress der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Mikrobiologie (SGM). Bereits in den letzten Jahren hatten wir an den SGM-Kongressen teilgenommen, aber dieses Jahr war es für uns und besonders für Herrn Nordbruch das erste Mal in Lugano. Selbstverständlich hat er das schöne Wetter genauso wie die Umgebung genossen. Angereist ist er übrigens mit seinem neuen Firmenwagen. Mit diesem is es nun viel schneller möglich, Ihnen unsere Gerät näher zu bringen. Wir kommen zu Ihnen und können Ihnen nun endlich vor Ort unsere großen Arbeitsstationen vorstellen.

 

University of Leeds Microbiology Poster Prizes

Andrew Pridmore, Head of Microbiology at Don Whitley Scientific, visited the University of Leeds on 7th May 2015 to present prizes to undergraduate students on the “Microbiology”, “Medical Microbiology” and “Microbiology in relation to Medicine” BSc degree courses.

The prizes are awarded each year for poster presentations of the students’ final year research projects.  These are divided into two categories – laboratory projects and literature review projects.

The winners this year were as follows:

 

 

 

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New Protos 3 Colony Counter

New Protos 3 colony counter and rapid ID system saves time and provides accurate, traceable results in microbiology

Don Whitley Scientific Limited introduces a vibrant new automated colony counting and chromogenic identification system, Protos 3. This system allows accurate and reproducible identification of colonies cultured on chromogenic plates.

What makes the new Protos 3 outperform other commercial colony counters is the system’s ability to count colonies in seconds and identify microbial species by their colour on chromogenic plates. This is a great time saver, providing accurate, objective and fully traceable GLP compliant results.

The stylish, yet practical Protos 3, which comes in bright red, attaches easily to a computer and requires minimal training to set up. Users simply input their plate identification and click. The Protos 3, featuring a highly sensitive CCD camera combined with unique three colour LED lighting, rapidly images an infinite number of colony colours on one plate and detects colonies as small as 0.043mm.

The Protos 3’s powerful software then generates true to life counts and plate images, which can be transferred and stored in Excel. This GLP compliant process, with its full audit trail eliminates keying and image transfer errors providing accurate, objective data, which can be reviewed anywhere and anytime.

“Microbiologists have always wanted a colony counter that combines throughput and automatic colony ID,” commented Steve Robertson, Sales Director. “The new Protos 3 offers a high performance platform that generates fully traceable data and we know it will be a huge time saving device for microbiologists in food and pharmaceutical laboratories. For anyone using a spiral plater for carrying out multiple bacterial enumerations, this is a perfect solution.” 

2 Day Anaerobe Course

The Society for Anaerobic Microbiology is presenting a 2 day residential course, sponsored by Don Whitley Scientific and delivered by The UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales, Cardiff 25-26 June 2015.  

Is it time to refresh your knowledge on the culturing, identification and clinical importance of anaerobes?

Are your staff wanting to learn from experts about the latest technologies and techniques?

Book now – ONLY 1 PLACE REMAINING (as of 29/04/15)

Cost: £350 +VAT (£330 +VAT for SAM members) which includes:
One night accommodation at the Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff and all meals and refreshments plus dinner on 25th June.

– IBMS & RCPath CPD accreditation applied for

– Invaluable preparation for FRCPath

Aims of the course:

1. To promote an understanding and awareness of anaerobic bacteria in clinical material.

2. To gain an insight into their relevance in clinical microbiology.

3. To achieve a basic level of competence in methods used for their isolation and identification.

4. To improve the standards of anaerobic microbiology in clinical laboratories.

Speakers include:

Trefor Morris, Lead Scientist, UKARU
Dr Sheila Patrick, Chair, Society for Anaerobic Microbiology

For more information and a detailed programme, please visit the Don Whitley Scientific website – www.dwscientific.co.uk/practicalmicrobiologycourse/

To reserve your place on this course, please contact:

Deborah Robinson at Don Whitley Scientific Limited on 01274 595728 / sales@dwscientific.co.uk.
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Payment accepted by cheque (please make payable to Don Whitley Scientific Limited) and Visa or Mastercard.

Botulism Cases Rise

Scottish media has recently reported an increase in the number of diagnosed cases of botulism. Caused by toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, this condition attacks the nervous system, can cause paralysis, and may be fatal if left untreated. There are three types of botulism: food-borne, wound and infant. Diagnosis is achieved by conducting tests on samples of blood, faeces, stomach contents or food to detect the bacteria or toxins.

Having to send samples off to an external laboratory for analysis can mean delaying diagnosis and by extension, treatment, for longer than necessary. Hospitals which are equipped to perform these tests in-house will have a much greater chance of containing and treating this illness effectively.

Anaerobic jars can be restrictive when processing a large number of samples, whereas an anaerobic workstation provides a sustainable environment where parameters can be altered to create the required conditions.

The Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation can accommodate up to 600 x 90mm Petri dishes and like our other anaerobic chambers, it provides excellent conditions for the processing, incubation and examination of samples without exposure to atmospheric oxygen.

For more information please contact us.

Anaerobes. Where to Start?

Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology
Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

To a newcomer, the field of anaerobic research can seem intimidatingly vast. With so many varieties of anaerobes, and differing means of culturing them, you may find yourself wondering whether the method you are using is really the most efficient and cost-effective.

The first thing you need to consider is the type of anaerobe you are cultivating, whilst aerotolerant organisms and facultative anaerobes will not be harmed by a small amount of oxygen, obligate anaerobes require a completely oxygen-free environment.

We have recently produced a useful reference guide: An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology which enables the reader to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring and clinically important anaerobic bacteria.

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Did You Know: Whitley Workstations are Ethernet-enabled for Remote Access?

Have you ever wanted to check the status of your Whitley Workstation when you were away from the lab? Well now you can. Most of our new workstations are Ethernet-enabled so you can dial in and access the touch-screen control panel from the other side of the building, or even from the other side of the world. This allows you to check the current operating conditions of the workstation and, if activated, view any of the graphical screens. If necessary, you can then make changes to the parameters, i.e. temperature, humidity, O2 and CO2 levels from wherever, whenever!

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Workstation Users Could be Entitled to £250

Whitley H35 Hypoxystation

Do you use a Whitley Workstation? You could be entitled to £250.

Our travel grant scheme has now been extended to include any Whitley Workstation. If you have used a Whitley Workstation in your work and have mentioned it on your poster or published paper, let us know and you could be entitled to a grant of £250.

We have a series of grants available to those who mention the use of any Whitley Workstation or Hypoxystation in a poster they wish to present or in a published paper. All we ask in return is a copy of your poster/paper so we can use it to help promote the range to others.

If we have a trade stand at the event where you will be presenting your poster, we can provide copies to everyone who visits our stand, should you want to do this.

To apply for this grant, please send a copy of your poster or paper along with your contact details to steve_robertson@dwscientific.co.uk. If you are presenting a poster, don’t forget to let us know the title of the event and the date you will be making your presentation.