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Four short things to report this week.

1) Ed & Laura have made a new podcast, talking to Samik Datta (who was in SBIDER until X) about his move to NewZealand and working for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

2) Sascha and the Bioinformatics RTP has finalised a 2-year contract with the PATH-SAFE project, funding further developments of the EnteroBase system at 2.25 FTEs. EnteroBase was originally developed by the lab of Prof. Mark Achtman but is now hosted by the RTP. PATH-SAFE stands for The Pathogen Surveillance in Agriculture, Food and Environment (PATH-SAFE) programme and is a £19.2m Shared Outcomes Fund (SOF) research programme which aims
to develop a national surveillance network, using the latest DNA-sequencing technology and environmental sampling to improve the detection, and tracking of foodborne human pathogens and AMR through the whole agri-food system from farm-to-fork.

3) Given more people are moving back to the office - Nigel was suggesting that we re-start the seminar series. Volunteers to help, especially from ECR would be most welcome.

4) Only one paper out this week:

Geerts, M; Van Reet, N; Leyten, S; Berghmans, R; Rock, KS; Coetzer, THT; Eyssen, LEA; Buscher, P (2022) Trypanosoma brucei gambiense-iELISA: A Promising New Test for the Post-Elimination Monitoring of Human African Trypanosomiasis. CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES 73 E2477-E2483

Sat 16 Jul 2022, 11:53

COVID: from theory to practice

Hi All,

So after 2+ years working on the COVID-19 pandemic, and a long time spent avoiding all risky situations - I've been hit with COVID this week. So this is news from isolation.

A few things to report:

1) Nigel brought cakes in on Tuesday 5th to try to tempt people back to the office. Hopefully we can try to keep Tuesdays as a regular slot where as many of us as possible are around to chat.

2) Ed & Laura have done another fabulous podcast with Bridget ( expect more over the coming weeks - and please voluneer if you have some research you'd like to share with the world.

3) Bridget would also like to remind everyone that there is only 4 days left to apply for a PDRA working with her on the evolution of infectious diseases in realistically-immunogenetically-diverse human populations.

4) I know that Ed & Laura have been at the Health GRP Early Career Researcher Workshop - you'll have to ask them if it was successful / interesting.

5) Finally, in terms of recent publications:

P R F Mendonca, E Tagliatti, H Langley, D Kotzadimitriou, C G Zamora-Chimal , Y Timofeeva, K Volynski (2022) Asynchronous glutamate release is enhanced in low release efficacy synapses and dispersed across the active zone, Nature Communications, 13: 3497.

Kumar, V., Siddiqui, N.A., Pollington, T.M. et al (2022) Impact of intensified control on visceral leishmaniasis in a highly-endemic district of Bihar, India: an interrupted time series analysis. Epidemics. 10.1016/j.epidem.2022.100562

Morobe, J.M. et al (2022) Genomic Epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in Seychelles, 2020-2021. Viruses 14 1318 doi: 10.3390/v14061318

Fri 08 Jul 2022, 17:38

CDT and papers

Three things of note this week:

1) The epidemiologists went to Cambridge this week, for (yet another) Royal Society / Issac Newton meeting - joining Matt, Ed, Louise and Laura were Julia Brettschnieder from Stats and Anna Seale for WMS.

2) Planning is underway for the CDT to replace MathSys. The idea is to build around challenges for the next 100 years, with a focus on the implications of climate change, cleaner energy, health aging, preparing for pandemics, sustainable agriculture etc etc. If you have any ideas or which to be more involved please talk to Mike, Matt or Louise.

3) Three papers out this week:

Saez, M., Briscoe, J. and Rand, DA. (2022) Dynamical landscapes of cell fate decisions. Interface Focus. 10.1098/rsfs.2022.0002

Wang, L;,Didelot, X; Bi, YH ; Gao, GF (2022) SARS-CoV-2 transmissibility compared between variants of concern and vaccination status. BRIEFINGS IN BIOINFORMATICS. 23 10.1093/bib/bbab594

Kretzschmar, ME et al (2022) Challenges for modelling interventions for future pandemics. Epidemics. 38 10.1016/j.epidem.2022.100546

Sat 25 Jun 2022, 12:22

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