DNA Detectives: Using Genome Sequencing for Disease Surveillance Webinar
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Description: The DNA detectives are on the case! Combining cutting-edge genome sequencing technologies with traditional investigation methods to identify disease outbreaks and track pathogens to their source. Using examples from recent Canadian outbreaks, this session will offer an introduction to bacterial whole genome sequencing and describe how this technology is revolutionizing the surveillance of infectious diseases.

Start date: Upon registration

Completion: Up to 52 weeks

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At the end of this webinar you will be able to describe:

  • General laboratory methods for genome sequencing
  • General methods for analysis of genome sequencing data
  • How genome sequencing supports public health surveillance and investigation activities
  • Some pros and cons of this new and disruptive technology


Speaker: David Alexander, PhD

Dr. David Alexander is a PhD-trained microbiologist with a long-standing interest in the epidemiology of infectious diseases. For the past 13 years, he has worked in the provincial public health laboratory system, first at the Public Health Ontario Laboratories in Toronto, then at the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory in Regina. Since 2015, David has been a scientist at the Cadham Provincial Laboratory. He provides support for assay validation and quality control activities, and is actively involved with the application of genome sequencing-based methods to the study and surveillance of bacterial pathogens.


Recorded: June 3, 2020

PEP hours: 1.0

CPS credits: 0

*Note: PEP hours and/or CPS credits will only be awarded upon successful completion of the quiz.

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