Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC Seminar Program: The twilight zone, the last metres before the tap

Introducing the Queensland Alliance of Environmental Health Sciences and an example project: The twilight zone, the last metres before the tap - presented by Dr Phil Bond

The AWMC has joined with Entox and a number of research Institutes and Schools across UQ to form a virtual centre for conducting research activities relating to environmental health in Queensland. The alliance brings together a wide range of expertise from different disciplines to enhance collaborative research in the field. At the AWMC we already conduct research in this field but the Alliance will conveniently provide the environment and opportunity to expand these activities. As an example collaborative project, together with Queensland Health, we are interested to better understand and control outbreaks of Legionella pneumophila that causes Legionnaires’ disease; a rare case of pneumonia that can be fatal to those that are immunocompromised. L. pneumophila is a ubiquitous aquatic organism but it can reside in biofilms in drinking water supply systems and cooling towers, from which it can infect us through aerosol dispersal. There has been recent outbreaks in Sydney this year and at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane in 2013.  Legionella spp. have some unusual life style stages that are significant in relation to detection of the organism, its survival and replication in the environment and to its infectivity. This project will aim to enhance the understanding of the ecology of Legionella within water supply pipelines (especially in hospitals) and to develop biofilm control to reduce the organisms infectious occurrence.

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 24 June 2016
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room

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