Food and water microbiology: - Rapid confirmation using MALDI-TOF

14 December 2016 09:00-17:00, London, United Kingdom

The use of MALDI-TOF systems has completely revolutionized the way microbial identification/confirmation is performed. The speed, accuracy, ease of use and cost efficiency are so impressive that significant numbers of clinical laboratories all over the world, have now successfully employed this rapid technique on a routine basis for a number of years for rapid microbial identification/confirmation of clinically relevant microorganisms. However, this simple approach is now also being applied in many routine food and water laboratories. The relevant commercial clinical databases have been found to be fit for purpose and are continually incorporating new species including food and water-related species. The user can also set up a supplementary own personal database to be used in conjunction with the instrument manufacturer database. This event has 10 presentations covering a wide range of topics in relation to various food and water applications related to the use of MALDI TOF technology.


The conference is aimed at food and water microbiological technical staff; public health professionals, lab managers; food and water industry personnel responsible for microbiological quality and regulators

SCI Members attending this meeting are able to claim CPD points.[SCI logo]Programme

09.00   Registration and refreshments
10.00   Opening remarks - K. Clive Thompson
10.05   MALDI Biotyper – Back to the Future!
Erika Tranfield, Bruker
10.35   A time and a place, current and future applications of MALDI-TOF in a busy food micro lab
Matteo Capocefalo and Maria Gemenetzi, ALcontrol Labs
11.05   The use of MALDI-TOF for the identification of isolates from food samples
Frieda Jorgensen, PHE Colindale
11.35   Rapid confirmation of Salmonella & Listeria isolates from food testing
Julie Archer, Roy Betts and Charmaine Mitchell, Campden BRI group
12.05   A Can Manufacturer’s Perspective: MALDI changed our lab!
Bryan Donald, CROWN Technology
12.35   Lunch
13.30   The use of MALDI-TOF in the investigation of Bovine Mastitis and milk quality problems associated with poor water quality
Andrew Bradley, Quality Milk Management Services Ltd
14.00   Another tool in the arsenal - improving the public health response through the use of MALDI-ToF
Sam Collins, PHE Porton Down
14.30   MALDI-TOF, as clear as water
Liesbeth Vissers, Aqualab Zuid BV
15.00   Refreshment break
15.30   Rapid confirmation using the MALDI TOF in Legionella and drinking water microbiology
Pervinder Johal, ALS
16.00   The Omics pocketknife: Select your fit for purpose tool
Daniele Sohier, Bruker
16.30   Discussion with and further questions to speakers
16.50   Close

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Organising Committee

K.Clive Thompson, SCI/ALcontrol Laboratories
Erika Tranfield, Bruker


An exhibition will run alongside the conference during refreshment breaks, for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices please email

Delegate rates

Earlybird fees - before 4 November 2016
GB£120 .. . . . . . . . . SCI Member
GB£40 . . . . . . . . . . .SCI Student Member
GB£160. . . . . . . . . . Non-Member

Standard fees - after 4 November 2016
GB£145 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Member
GB£50 . . . . . . . . . . .SCI Student Member
GB£195 . . . . . . . . . .Non-Member


Lecture Theatre, SCI, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PS, United Kingdom

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