Infection — Introduction

The Infection Research Theme is focused on translating new molecular technologies and advances in informatics into the investigation of microbial transmission; diagnosis of infectious disease; and identifying novel outbreaks of communicable disease.

The Infection Theme’s projects are focused on the one hand on three organisms that are the major causes of hospital acquired infection: Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA), Clostridium difficile and Norovirus; and on the other on a database linkage project that facilitates investigations of patterns of infectious disease among patients using the Oxford Hospitals and GPs.

The objective of translating deep sequencing of pathogens on an epidemiological scale for tracking hospital-acquired infection has attracted further substantial funding from the UK Clinical Research Consortium (UK-CRC). The UK-CRC funded “Modernising Medical Microbiology” is a consortium consisting of the Health Protection Agency (HPA), Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Oxford combined with the OUH NHS Trust. It is a major programme of work that is likely to radically transform the practice of microbiology and infectious disease as well as microbial research in the coming years. This joint programme of work between UKCRC and BRC is nationally leading the way in this arena.

More information on our research projects is here.