JCSMR Director’s ‘Health through Discovery’ Public Lecture Series: Clostridium difficile infection: An emerging disease in hospitals and communities

Professor Archie Clements, Director, Research School of Population Health, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU.

The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has changed over the past decades with the emergence of highly virulent strains, and key aspects of disease progression and transmission are still poorly understood. Asymptomatic colonization might be a precursor to disease, but may also protect from progression, whilst contributing to transmission. The drivers of temporal trends and seasonal variation of CDI, and the role of animals, require elucidation in different parts of the world, including Australia. Additionally, the role of the community as a source of C. difficile in the hospital, and risk factors associated with community acquisition, are only beginning to be examined.

This presentation will outline a programme of epidemiological research, using mathematical models, spatiotemporal analysis, and molecular epidemiological methods, that is investigating these key aspects of the epidemiology of this emerging challenge to the health of Australians. A number of unexpected early findings will be described.

Enquiries or to RSVP: E madeleine.nicol@anu.edu.au T 02 6125 2577This lecture is free and open to the public

Followed by light refreshments in the foyer

Date & time

5.30–6.15pm 29 June 2015

Location

The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU

Contacts

 Dr Madeleine Nicol
 02 6125 2577

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