Whitley Workstation used in Clostridium difficile study

A35 Clostridium difficile study

The Whitley A35 Workstation has recently been used by a group at Monash University in a study relating to toxins affected by Clostridium difficile.

 

This very interesting research paper, entitled “CdtR Regulates TcdA and TcdB Production in Clostridium difficile“, was written by researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The results from the study “establish CdtR as an important virulence regulator in two clinically important, epidemic strains of C. difficile, and further highlights the need to investigate regulatory mechanisms of important virulence factors in diverse strain backgrounds.”  The paper proves for the first time that “TcdA and TcdB production is linked to the production of CDT by a common regulatory mechanism”.

 

Click here to read the full paper


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.

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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Practical Guide to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Eighteen months ago, Don Whitley Scientific played an integral role in producing An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology. This unique guide is being very well-received by scientists in laboratories nationwide. It enables the reader to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring clinically important anaerobic bacteria. It contains 60 pages printed on waterproof, tear-resistant synthetic paper to withstand regular use at the bench and is illustrated with stunningly detailed colour photographs and attractive reference tables.

Designed to fill a gap in the practical reference materials currently available to support clinical laboratory practice for microbiologists, the publication was written by Professor Michael W D Wren, MBE FIBMS, former consultant Biomedical Scientist in the microbiology department, University College Hospital, and visiting Professor at The University of Westminster. With a foreword by Professor Brian Duerden, Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at Cardiff University and input from Dr Don Whitley, Chairman and founder of Don Whitley Scientific Limited, considerable expert knowledge has been combined to make this the most up-to-date reference guide for the modern clinical laboratory.

Images were kindly supplied by the Anaerobe Reference Unit, Cardiff.

For further information, or to order your copy, please contact us at sales@meintrup-dws.de or call us on 01274 595728.

 

And the winner is … Antibiotics

Whitley H35 Anaerobic Workstation

For those who are not already aware, the 2014 Longitude Prize challenge is to create a cost-effective, accurate, rapid and easy-to-use test kit for bacterial infections that will allow health professionals to administer the right antibiotics at the right time. Scientists now have 5 years in which to come up with a solution and potentially claim the £10m prize fund.

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DYK7: Anaerobic Control Strains

B fragilis 5 days

This is the 7th in our ‘Did you know’ series of articles introducing things you may not know about the Whitley range of products and services – read on and you may find out something about your workstation that could make your working life easier.

Do you know whether your anaerobic workstation is working properly? Here is a helpful procedure from our Head of Microbiology, Dr Andrew Pridmore.

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Practical Guide to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology Launched

Anaerobic Reference Guide Book

Anaerobic microbiology specialist, Don Whitley Scientific (DWS) has launched a new publication ‘An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology. This guide enables the reader to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring clinically important anaerobic bacteria. It contains 60 pages printed on waterproof, tear-resistant synthetic paper to withstand regular use at the bench and is illustrated with stunningly detailed colour photographs and attractive reference tables.

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