Webinar: Advancements in UTI Testing: A Multi-omics Approach to Maximizing the Flexibility of Your Molecular Testing Laboratory



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AUSTIN, Texas (August 19, 2021) —While clinical microbiology laboratories are pivotal in the identification and handling of infectious diseases, the microbiology lab environment is rapidly changing. Conventional testing methods are being challenged as innovative testing methodologies emerge. Molecular testing is an ever-evolving world for the most common disease areas, including respiratory, urinary tract, and vaginal pathogen detection.

In the case of testing for urinary tract infections (UTIs)—the second most common type of infection, with nearly half of positive UTI cases polymicrobial—current culture-based methods for detecting UTI pathogens have significant limitations. These include inability to address polymicrobial infections, long time to result, and false negatives due to poor sensitivity. Doubtful cases of UTI are of particular concern. A molecular alternative that uses real-time PCR technology, however, has the potential to increase the specificity and sensitivity of pathogen detection. Additionally, advancements in UTI testing now include unique multi-omics approaches to detect bacterial interactions and address antibiotic resistance in polymicrobial samples.

With innovative testing methodologies now available to them, many clinical laboratories are assessing their current approaches to molecular testing or expanding their existing menu. They may be looking for solutions that can maximize resources and support flexibility, scale, expertise, and the lab’s unique needs. At the same time, in strategizing all services lines, labs are also challenged to realize significant cost savings, while ensuring the ability to evolve, respond, and adapt content, formats, and throughput to their communities’ needs.

The upcoming, essential Dark Daily webinar, Advancements in UTI Testing: A Multi-omics Approach to Maximizing the Flexibility of Your Molecular Testing Laboratory—sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, in partnership with Pathnostics—will compare the clinical utility of genotypic and phenotypic methods in treatment of UTIs and describe how a multi-omics approach could be implemented in a laboratory. The free, 60-minute webinar takes place on Thursday, August 25, 2021, at 1 p.m. Eastern and will be available on-demand after. Learn more or register here.

For additional information, contact: Amanda Curtis, 512-264-7103

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