Visiting Professorship: James M. Flaherty
Brief Description of Work: Globally, Salmonella causes 93 million illnesses and 150,000 deaths annually. In Canada, there are 87,500 cases; in Ireland, the number of cases (250) is comparatively lower. Salmonella Heidelberg is an important cause of salmonellosis in both countries, and is highly resistant to antibiotics (AMR), complicating treatment options. A whole genome comparative analysis of 300 isolates from each country will identify the presence of virulence and AMR genes, and features facilitating transfer of AMR genes to other bacteria. All genotypes will be confirmed phenotypically to produce a map of features explaining the pathogenicity of these Salmonella, thereby providing potential control approaches.
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