The Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) presents a meeting to look at antimicrobial resistance from clinical (medical and veterinary), environmental and economic viewpoints and ask the question: are we doing enough to prevent the predicted scenario of being “cast back into the dark ages of medicine”?.
David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, echoed the thoughts of many world leaders and scientists when he said that a failure of action now will lead to an “almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine”. This is why Don Whitley Scientific will be proud to present innovative software at the meeting; software to help researchers test how effective antibiotics are against a range of diseases and viruses.
The mASTer software for the ProtoCOL 3 automated zone measurement system is able to quickly and efficiently assess the size of zones around antibiotic discs, predicting antibiotic resistance levels from the results. The software cleverly works alongside a database of all tested organisms that have EUCAST breakpoint values, listing which antibiotics the bacteria are sensitive to, saving a great deal of time compared to the manual method.
The ProtoCOL 3 uses a CCD camera combined with three colour LED lighting to quickly recognise colonies and produce accurate counts. The results can then be stored in Excel, either on the inbuilt computer processor or on a separate computer via USB connection.
Don Whitley Scientific staff will also be presenting a Whitley Workstation on the stand, and will be available to discuss the wide range of Don Whitley Scientific products, that provide solutions for various scientific applications.