Water Microbiology in the 21st Century.
September 21st and 22nd 1993.
Macquarie University Sydney Australia
Description of Program
Water Microbiology is no longer simply the counting of
coliforms. The emergence of a new range of waterborne
pathogens such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia and Small
Round Viruses are making Water Microbiology ever more
challenging. New methodologies to detect these organisms,
which range from PCR to flow cytometry, are becoming
available. This workshop will discuss the epidemiology of
these emerging pathogens; describe the new methodologies
available to detect environmental pathogens and develop
risk assessment models to assess the significance of the
water borne route of transmission to infection rates in the
community. In the two day course 'hands on' experience in
the latest techniques to detect specific pathogens and
indicator organisms in environmental samples will be
provided. The techniques demonstrated will include PCR,
Gene Probing and Flow Cytometry together with sample
preparation methods. The course will be presented by
leading international experts from the US, UK and
One Day Program - 21 September 1993.
Designed for water industry management and regulatory
authorities. Topics will include: Water borne diseases and
Epidemiology. An Introduction to the New Methodology, Risk
Assessment, Laboratory Accreditation, Rapid Detection
Methods (including PCR, Gene Probes and Flow Cytometry for
Cryptosporidium, Giardia, bacteria and viruses,).
Two Day Program - 21 and 22 September 1993.
Designed for scientific staff working in the water
Topics will include: Hands on demonstrations of Rapid
Detection Methods (Including Flow Cytometry, PCR, Gene
Probes, for protozoa, bacteria and viruses ), Waterborne
Diseases and Epidemiology, An introduction to Risk
Assoc. Prof. Joan Rose, University of South Florida,
Tampa, USA - Responsible for pioneering research on the
application of risk assesment to water microbiology.
Dr. Colin Fricker, Thames Water Utilities Ltd, Reading,
UK - Head of Thames Water microbiology group
Prof. Charles Gerba, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
- The world authority on water virology.
Assoc. Prof. Jerry Ongerth, University of Washington,
Seatle, USA - Expert on the epidemiology of the waterborne
protozoa Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
Dr. Morteza Abbaszadegan, American Water Works Service
Company Inc., Illinois, USA - Responsible for pioneering
research on the use of PCR for the detection of pathogens
Dr. Nick Ashbolt, Australian Water Technologies, Water
Board, Sydney - Head of water microbiology projects.
Liz Fricker, Thames Water Utilities Ltd, Reading, UK -
responsible for research in the development of rapid
detection methods for bacterial indicators.
Dr Gary Grohmann, Australian Water Technologies, Water
Board, Sydney - Australia's Authority on water virology.
Graham Vesey, Macquarie University - Responsible for
pioneering research in the development of flow cytometric
detection methods for waterborne pathogens.
For further information contact:-
Macquarie University, Continuing Education Program (02) 805
7470 or Fax (02) 805-7480, Sydney, NSW 2109 or
Dr. Duncan Veal, School of Biological Sciences, Macquarie
University, Sydney, NSW 2109. (02) 805 8185 or FAX (02)
805 8245 E-mail dveal at ocs1.ocs.mq.edu.au
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