Covenant University Shines at Anaerobe 2012 Congress
Covenant University has further validated its goal for the current academic session- Expanding our Frontiers, Securing the Future- in its contribution to the compendium of knowledge from Africa in the field of Anaerobic Bacteriology
The contributions came through the Deputy Dean, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Professor Louis Egwari at the Anaerobe 2012 Workshop and Congress, USA.
The workshop and congress took place between June 27 and July 1, 2012 at Santa Clara University and San Francisco, United States of America respectively.
Professor Egwari who is also the Head of Department of Biological Sciences was one of the only three Africans (all Nigerians) that attended the congress. He was the only academic from a Nigerian University at the programme.
He presented two papers on “Occurrence of Otitis Media in Children and Assessment of Treatment Options” and “Antibiotic Susceptibility of Bacterial Pathogens in Otitis Media.”
These studies according to him added to the compendium of knowledge from Africa in the field of Anaerobic Bacteriology and thus presented the African perspective.
Professor Egwari said that the conference, unlike the previous editions was held in a university with the-state-of-the-art technology.
“The conference was in two phases; the hands-on training and the congress. Unlike the previous editions, the workshop was held in a university with the-state-of-the-art technology. Of utmost importance is that we were introduced to a new technology with a through put 100% ahead of Polymerae Chain Reaction (PCR).
“The technology called MALDI-TOF MS identifies 96 organisms to species level within 30 minutes on a target block and the result displayed on a computer screen. The accuracy of the identification is amazing and overcomes the challenges of contamination and purity of cultures encountered with the PCR techniques.
“The technology is simple to adopt and does not require any special skill to operate as over 90% of the process is automated. In fact science and technology is advancing astronomically,” he explained.
Professor Egwari stated further that the conventional methods of research are gradually being phased out. He opined that in time to come, a research laboratory would only have the Technician who maintains the equipment and a Technologist or the Researcher who loads the machine while the other processes are programmed.