Applications are invited for the European Network for sexually transmitted infection (STI) Surveillance microbiology training course on bacterial STI laboratory methods. The one week course will be delivered on 7 – 11 June 2010 by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in London, United Kingdom.
The course will cover the following topics:
• Isolation and identification of Neisseria gonorrhoeae
• Antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhoea – mechanisms and detection
• Surveillance of gonococcal antimicrobial resistance
• Susceptibility testing of Neisseria gonorrhoeae
• Diagnosis of chlamydia and Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)
• Diagnosis of syphilis
• Use of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for Neisseria gonorrhoeae testing
• Molecular typing of sexually transmitted infections
• European STI Surveillance
• Introduction to statistics of diagnostic testing
ECDC calls for participants for this specific course. The course is targeted at technicians who work in a laboratory that performs bacterial STI diagnoses. Applicants should be competent in basic microbiological techniques, such as streaking out bacteria on agar, performing gram stains, using pipettes and should be knowledgeable in laboratory safety. The course will be given in English.
All interested candidates will register before 20 April 2010 through the ECDC web page, filling a web based registration form.
Fourteen positions are available and only one candidate from each country will be selected. Details of registered candidates will be forwarded to the ECDC competent bodies for surveillance of the respective countries, in order to provide ECDC with advice on priority of participation.
Invitation to apply for the laboratory training course on Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infections