The ESGVM Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the application for ESCMID SG Research Funding by Ass. Prof. Arshnee Moodley, University of Copenhagen, has been granted by the ESCMID Executive Committee. The objectives of the project are i) to evaluate and improve the performance of the databases of the two MALDI-TOF MS instruments available in the market for species identification of Staphylococcus intermedius Group (SIG) isolates, and 2) to assess phylogeny and host adaptation of the three species belonging to this group by whole genome sequencing. The SIG comprises three species associated with different animal hosts: S. intermedius, S. delphini (groups A and B) and S. pseudintermedius. Species identification is problematic by routine biochemical tests and requires molecular tests that are not easy to be implemented in diagnostic veterinary labs. Correct identification of S. pseudintermedius is important considering the clinical importance and the possible zoonotic implications of this veterinary pathogen. Moreover, incorrect identification of the other two SIG species hinders our knowledge of their ecology and pathogenicity.
The project will be carried out in collaboration with the co-investigator Dr. Ivonne Stamm (Vet Med Labor, IDEXX Laboratories, Ludwigsburg, Germany) and will involve participation of Prof. Luca Guardabassi (Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St Kitts and Nevis), Ass. Prof. Peter Damborg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), and Prof. Vincent Perreten (University of Berne, Switzerland). The group is looking for additional S. intermedius and S. delphini isolates to be included in the study. SIG strains that could not be species identified by MALDI-TOF MS are also of particular interest for the project. If you would like to receive more information about the project or to participate by providing strains, please contact the principal investigator Arshnee Moodley by email.