Improving surveillance of non-enteric bacterial pathogens by whole genome sequencing


Funding period: 2017-2019
Lead: George Golding
Total GRDI funding: $603,000

Non-enteric bacterial pathogens cause a variety of illness from mild infections to severe disease. This project conducts genomics-based studies on Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae, which can cause severe invasive infections of the blood (septicemia) or brain (meningitis), and two other high priority organisms: Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which causes sexually transmitted gonorrheal infections and Clostridium difficile, which causes life-threatening diarrhea. Whole genome sequencing has the potential to address gaps in surveillance of antimicrobial resistance, virulence and transmission of these pathogens.

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Genomics R&D Initiative