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Learning From The Best: Four Fellows Receive Clinical Diagnosis Training At Top Research Laboratory

HSP recently launched a Clinical Diagnostic Fellowship program to mentor select laboratory professionals from Indonesia on best practices for timely laboratory diagnosis and biorisk management of melioidosis. An infectious disease caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei found in soil and water, melioidosis is endemic to South East Asia. It is currently the rainy season in Thailand and suspected cases are coming in to the hospital, providing unique learning opportunities for each of our four Fellows.

The following is a real-time report from our first fellow on site, Dr. Patricia Tauran:

“I was selected as a Health Security Partners (HSP) Clinical Diagnostic Fellow for Melioidosis, and my mentoring period is from May 10-June 2, 2018 in Thailand.

It is such a great opportunity to learn about melioidosis from the experts at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) laboratory in Sappasithiprasong Hospital, Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand. Currently, MORU Ubon Ratchathani is the leading unit in the world for clinical melioidosis research, and holds the largest collection of bacterial isolates in the world.

During the first week of my fellowship program, I was trained to properly isolate and identify B. pseudomallei by the head of the laboratory, Gumphol Wongsuvan. I practiced identifying the melioidosis pathogen, and learned how to properly store, transport, and discard the specimen.

The most important lesson I have learned during this training experience so far is that a laboratory does not need to be fancy or sophisticated to properly diagnose pathogens. Standard laboratories are very capable of producing top quality results, which can then be leveraged by policymakers. It is important, however, that each laboratory professional follows standardized quality control procedures and proper biosafety and biosecurity practices.”

“Saya terpilih sebagai salah satu peserta pelatihan melioidosis dari Health Security Partners (HSP) yang diadakan di Thailand pada 10 Mei sampai dengan 2 Juni 2018.

Ini adalah kesempatan yang sangat langka karena saya dapat belajar mengenai melioidosis lansung dari pakarnya di laboratorium  Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) yang berada di Rumah Sakit Sappasithiprasong, Ubon Ratchathani. Saat ini, Ubon Ratchathani MORU adalah unit penelitian yang paling terkemuka di dunia dalam bidang penelitian klinis melioidosis dan memiliki koleksi bakteri penyebab melioidosis yang terbesar di dunia.

Pada minggu pertama pelatihan ini, saya diajar mengenai cara isolasi dan identifikasi B. pseudomallei oleh Gumphol Wongsuvan yang merupakan kepala laboratorium tersebut. Beliau menjelaskan mengenai perbedaan prosedur antara laboratorium penelitian dan laboratorium rutin dalam mendiagnosis melioidosis. Saya berlatih mengidentifikasi patogen penyebab meliodosis dengan metode sederhana yang juga bisa dilakukan di laboratorium yang masih menggunakan metode manual. Selain itu, saya juga belajar mengenai cara mengawetkan spesimen, mengirim spesimen dan mengelola limbah.

Pesan yang paling penting yang saya pelajari selama pelatihan ini adalah tidak perlu memiliki laboratorium mikrobiologi yang canggih atau memiliki teknologi yang terbaru untuk membantu menegakkan diagnosis atau untuk menghasilkan penelitian yang berkualitas yang dapat mengadvokasi pembuat kebijakan, namun suatu laboratorium wajib menggunakan metode yang terstandarisasi dan memiliki kontrol atau jaminan kualitas yang baik.”

HSP is grateful to our partners at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) for hosting the Fellows.

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1 Comment on Learning From The Best: Four Fellows Receive Clinical Diagnosis Training At Top Research Laboratory

  1. David Dance

    May 24, 2018 at 11:18 pm | Reply

    Excellent initiative – simple measures can save lives. Keep the Fellows flowing!

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