Project: Metrology for monitoring infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and harmful micro-organisms

Infectious diseases account for over 20% of human deaths globally and 25% of all morbidity. Accurate and rapid diagnosis, alongside methods for monitoring transmission and spread in the community and resistance to medicines, are therefore vital to protect public health. Molecular approaches such as qPCR and sequence analysis offer the potential to improve management of infectious diseases through increased speed, accuracy and sensitivity over conventional microbiological methods. However, the measurement infrastructure for such molecular approaches was lacking previously, with issues concerning quality, comparability and traceability of measurements. This project addressed these issues by successfully developing highly accurate methods and materials to support the accurate quantification of pathogens in clinical samples. It also evaluated new and emerging molecular approaches for the surveillance and monitoring of infectious disease load and detection of antimicrobial resistance mutations.

Acronym HLT08 INFECT-MET (Reference Number: HLT08)
Duration 01/06/2012 - 31/05/2015
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2011 - Health, SI Broader Scope and New Technologies

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 LGC Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 JRC - Joint Research Centre - European Commission Partner European Union
4 Nacionalni Institut za Biologijo Partner Slovenia
5 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
6 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Partner Turkey
7 University College London United Kingdom