FDA Grand Rounds: GenomeTrakr: How a Large Network of Sequencing Laboratories is Transforming Food Safety and Public Health—July 13, 2017

FDA Grand Rounds

“GenomeTrakr: How a Large Network of Sequencing Laboratories is Transforming Food Safety and Public Health” will discuss one of the outbreaks where Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) provided the lead in a 2015 Virginia sprout outbreak.

Presented by:
Marc Allard, PhD
Research Microbiologist
FDA's Center for Food Safety and Nutrition

In 2012, a pilot project, now a mature network called GenomeTrakr, was set up at the national level using WGS data to track foodborne outbreaks. In this network, public health agencies collect and publicly share WGS data in real time. This high-resolution, rapidly growing database is being used in outbreak investigations at the state, national, and international level. Learn more about this presentation.

Dr. Marc W. Allard is a Senior Biomedical Research Services Officer in the Division of Microbiology in FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition. He specializes in both phylogenetic analysis, as well as the biochemical laboratory methods that generate the WGS information.

Thursday, July 13, 2017             
1:00pm, EST
Register here for the webcast. 

The FDA Grand Rounds is webcast every other month to highlight cutting-edge research underway across the Agency and its impact on protecting and advancing public health. Each session features an FDA scientist presenting on a key public health challenge and how FDA is applying science to its regulatory activities. The 45-minute presentation is followed by questions from the audience.