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"Keeping A Close Eye On MRSA: Lessons Learned From PacBio Sequencing Surveillance" - Honoratus Van Bakel, PhD

  • Pac Bio
  • New York, NY
  • (October 07, 2019)

Honoratus Van Bakel, PhD, assistant professor of genetics and genomic sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai discusses the Mount Sinai Pathogen Surveillance Program. “Staphylococcus aureus are endemic in the Big Apple, and this has required a fresh approach to treat and prevent the costly bacterial menace. At The Mount Sinai Hospital, the strategy now involves SMRT Sequencing. Established in 2013, the Mount Sinai Pathogen Surveillance Program has sequenced more than 2,000 genomes, cataloging around 43,000 isolates from 22,000 patients. While its original role was in reactive outbreak investigation, it is now also used as a tool for proactive, continuous infection surveillance for common hospital pathogens.” He added, “We want to continue to improve the program so that it’s fast and cost effective enough to inform infection prevention. Not only does this benefit patient care, but it can help avoid larger outbreaks, ward closures, and other costs associated with investigating and reacting to infections.”

— Honoratus Van Bakel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Icahn Institute for Data Science and Genomic Technology

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