Clinical Perspective of Microbial Identification in the Clinical Laboratory
Tue 3:00 PM - Track 2: Microbes and Infectious Disease
Brad Cookson
University of Washington
Current diagnosis of acute or chronic infectious diseases can require extensive biochemical characterization of bacterial, yeast, or fungal isolates. In certain cases, nucleic acid sequencing is required for a definitive diagnosis. There is an enormous opportunity for the use of mass spectrometry in the clinical microbiology laboratory to speed the turnaround time for microbial identification.

Dr. Cookson will discuss the current approaches that the clinical microbiology laboratory uses to aid the diagnostic and treatment decisions that care providers make everyday. He will provide a critical assessment of the potential utility for mass spectrometry in patient care.
Email: cookson@U.WASHINGTON.EDU