Topics in Infection 2020

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Date and time: 
Friday, 31 January 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Great Hall, Barts Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

The event will be followed by a drinks reception for all attendees.

45th year of Topics in Infection

January 2020 will mark the 45th year of Topics in Infection.

With our partners Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Public Health England, RSTMH is honoured to host this important event that has been bringing together microbiologists, consultants in infectious disease, infection control nurses and biomedical and clinical scientists for 45 years.

Hear updates on recent “hot topics” in all aspects of infectious diseases and network with colleagues at our drinks reception.


“Good to refresh your enthusiasm for the field with comprehensive and broad range of topics.”

“A broad and engaging programme of talks prompting some interesting discussion. One of the best one-day programmes I’ve been to.”

“Wide variety of excellent speakers.”


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Attendance at Topics is equivalent to six CPD points. 

Speakers include: 

  • Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England – Pandemic flu
  • Tim Brooks, Public Health England – Lyme Disease and other tick-borne encephalitis
  • Colin Brown, Public Health England – Streptococcus pyogenes outbreaks in community settings
  • Kirsty Dodgson, Manchester University – Listeria in hospital sandwiches
  • David Elliman, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital – The changing epidemiology of measles in the UK
  • Simon Goldenberg, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust – The role of faecal transplantation
  • William Hope, University of Liverpool – How should new antibiotics be used?
  • Peter Horby, University of Oxford – Conducting useful clinical research in outbreak settings




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