Anaerobic Clinical Microbiology remains a challenge due to the specialist culture requirements, coupled with the increase in and spread of antimicrobial resistance. The normal human microbiota, which is primarily composed of anaerobic bacteria, is well recognised as a source of life-threatening anaerobic infection. More recently metataxonomic and metagenomic sequencing has extended interest in the potential role of the microbiota in a plethora of other aspects of human health. In addition, the successful use of faecal microbiota transplants for the treatment of clostridial infection raises potential unchartered long-term consequences and possibilities.
This meeting will provide scientific insights into the future impact of anaerobic bacteria on human health and disease, foster interactions amongst Biomedical Scientists, Clinicians and basic Scientists and encourage engagement of early career microbiologists with established faculty in informal settings and through offered oral, flash poster and poster presentations. The meeting will take a hybrid format with all presenters attending and sharing their posters in person.