New Tools for Stool: Targeted use of multiplex syndrome GI molecular PCR Testing

Aired July 17, 2024 at 12pm Pacific Time


New Tools for Stool: Targeted use of multiplex syndrome GI molecular
PCR Testing

Stool culture and microscopy have long been the mainstay of diagnosing gastrointestinal (GI) infections. However, these traditional methods can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, and microscopy requires highly skilled and experienced technologists for accurate results. 

Recent advancements in molecular testing offer promising alternatives. Multiplex PCR offers a faster, more targeted approach for identifying gastrointestinal (GI) pathogens. While this novel technique can potentially reduce labor requirements, they can be limited in their ability to detect a broad range of pathogens and may require specific sample types that could hinder broader adoption. 

This webinar will explore the scientific principles behind multiplex PCR and its applications for the identification of various GI pathogens. 

Join us for this 60-minute webinar on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at noon Pacific.


Key Learnings

  • Understand the scientific basis of multiplex PCR technology for GI pathogen detection
  • Differentiate the advantages of multiplex PCR compared to traditional culture methods
  • Explain the practical considerations for implementing multiplex PCR testing in your clinical laboratory

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Who Should Attend

This webinar is designed for clinical laboratory personnel and healthcare professionals interested in: 

  • Expanding their knowledge of GI diagnostics. 
  • Understanding the potential of multiplex PCR technology. 
  • Exploring strategies to improve the efficiency and accuracy of GI testing in their laboratory setting. 

By attending this webinar, you will gain valuable insights into how multiplex PCR can contribute to a more effective approach to diagnosing GI infections. 


Expert Speaker

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Dr. James W. Snyder

Dr. Snyder is currently the Director of Microbiology and Infectious Disease Molecular Diagnostics at the University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is board certified in Medical Microbiology and Public Health by the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) and a Fellow in the AAM.

He holds professional memberships in the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology (SCACM), the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), and the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV). He serves as an editor and reviewer for the Journal of Surgical Infections and Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Snyder led the development of the ASM Sentinel Level Laboratory Guidelines for BioThreat Agents, and served as the Technical Coordinator and Senior Author of a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis for the Laboratory Detection of Clostrioides difficile and published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews.




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