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Cell & Tissue Biomedical Research
Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)
Microbiology Course Video (Overview)
Amreen Bashir - Control of Salmonella in food manufacturing environments
Grime Scene Investigation was an eight-part television series broadcast on BBC3 during Autumn 2006. In each episode a team of scientists in their mobile laboratory would visit a member of the public to reveal the hidden world of microbes living in, on and around them.
In 2010 I was involved in an innovative project sponsored by the Society for General Microbiology which sought to engage the public in the implications of MRSA infection told through the medium of a short play supported by a panel of microbiology experts. You can watch the play on the Microbiology Online website. Also available is an interview with Dr Tony Berendt which addresses all the frequently asked questions regarding MRSA infection.
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People tend to have a generally negative perception of the relationship between microbes and food. In 2011 I hosted a banquet meal to challenge this assumption where everything on the menu was as a result of the beneficial role microbes play either as a direct source of food or in the biological transformation brought about by fermentation. You can watch the banquet meal as it is prepared live on stage with a running commentary of the role of the microbes on the Microbiology Online website. The event was such a success we ran it again in Einstein's Garden at the Green Man Festival in 2011.
Check out my Guardian Science Weeklypodcast here in my mission to educate the public about germs. How are food poisoning bugs spread around the home? How many household germs are truly dangerous? Can we really build up our immunity by NOT being hygienic?
Have you ever worried about how many bacterial ‘nasties’ are lurking on the buttons of cash machines, pelican-crossings and railings in public places? What about on the bus, train or in your car? And then of course there are those bugs in your office: on your computer keyboard and hiding in the fax machine, telephone handset and photocopier.
In a series of three articles broadcast on BBC One's The One Show I set off to find out. Click on the images below to watch the episodes and find out more. You might be surprised what I found.
The World of Microbiology - Mastering the Invisible, Invincible, Treatable & Preventable is a two-day microbiology course for Year 10/11 school children to introduce them to microorganisms and their role in health and disease. The project was initially funded by the Wellcome Trust and continuation funding from The Society for Applied Microbiology.
You can watch an overview of the course by clicking on the image below and download the associated course handbook here.
Particular aspects covered in the course include those detailed in the videos below. By clicking on the images you can watch the lectures which were recorded during a recent visit to a local high school in Birmingham.
In The New Optimists, over 80 of the UK's leading medics, life scientists, engineers, chemists, computer and digital media scientists, environmental and energy experts have combined to share their views of a brighter future. I was one of those scientists.
You can learn more about my contribution and that of others by visiting the new optimists websiteand even purchase the book to read it for yourself here.
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