Overview of September IFSTL Courses and Training Sessions

IMG_5804Over the past month, the International Food Safety Training Laboratory held several courses for participants all over the world. They included training on detecting, identifying, and characterizing microbiological methods and on Whole Genome Sequencing.

IMG_5801USDA Microbiological Methods for Meat and Poultry: The lab held a week-long training session starting on September 14. The course combined lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises to teach participants how to detect and identify foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Shiga-toxin Proeducing E. coli (STEC), and Campylobacter. The course followed the USDA’s Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook (MLG).

Instructors included members of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), FDA, DC Department of Public Health, and the University of Maryland. They provided lectures on topics ranging from sample preparation to Outbreak Simulations. Participants from Namibia, Korea, Belize, Delaware, Barbados, and Panama reviewed hands-on laboratory activities supported by representatives from 3M, BioMerieux, DuPont and Thermo Scientific.

The training will occur again March 7-11, 2016 with a registration deadline in January. IMG_5796

Microbiological Methods: From September 21-25, Cochran fellow Dr. Sara Ahumada Ruiz had one-on-one training with Dr. Angela Winslow. She explored microbiological methods for isolation and characterization of bacterial pathogens in foods in order to implement these concepts in her home laboratory in Panama's Food Safety Authority. IMG_5826

Whole Genome Sequencing Course: September 28-October 2, participants from academic, state, and government laboratories in California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, and Washington traveled to JIFSAN to attend the Whole Genome Sequencing Course. Instructors from the FDA, Illumina, NCBI, and QIAGEN presented lectures and set up hands-on laboratory experiments with software mediated data analysis simulations.

The course will take place again from September 19-23, 2016 and November 14-18, 2016.