Through experience in country-wide laboratory surveillance of rare invasive bacterial pathogens Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae, our working group has gained expertise in assessing outbreaks and tracking disease spread. Our services as Reference Centre and Consulting Laboratory for the pathogens N. meningitidis and H. influenzae, respectively, encompass monitoring of resistance, typing of pathogens, and providing advice for professionals in regional laboratories and public health offices. In addition to fulfilling above mentioned tasks, we aim to understand determinants of pathogen spread.
In the recent years research conducted at our centre hasfocused on the following topics:
- type-specific spatio-temporal aberrations of disease occurrence
- development, evaluation, and refinement of typing methods including NGS
- description and analysis of spatio-temporal spread