Mycobacteriology Laboratory

Bacteriology and Mycobacteriology labs, established in 1370( 1991), are active in designing and conducting research projects, training specialists in the fields, and providing specialist services to the patients under the supervision of the faculties at the Center.

All the activities aim to serve the research studies addressing bacterial infectious diseases within Iran and the region, train efficient professionals in the field, and provide daily specialist services to both hospitalized and ambulatory patients. Of the great distinguished achievements in this division, we can mention identification of Haemophilus Influenzae Type b, the most common etiologic agent of pediatric  meningitis, in a multicenter study, which led to the introduction of the respective vaccination in national vaccination program, as  a new policy adopted  by the national committee of vaccination. In doing so, Dr. Nelson, a WHO director, introduced the labs at this center, as the highest ranked ones in EMRO region. In addition, research studies performed on Meningococcal  infections among the Hajj pilgrims and proposing single dose of Ciprofloxacin in case of epidemic outbreaks, has been  another accomplishment.

Master students, PhD candidates, and experienced staff are actively working under the academic faculties. Consulting services provided for the control of outbreaks of Vancomycin - resistant enterococci  in Shiraz hospitals, has been among the great successes of the faculties.   

 

A. Research Activities

-Investigating the GI bacterial infective agents including Shigella, Salmonella, Pathogenic Escherichia coli, Campylobacter and Clostridium

-          -Investigating bacterial agents of meningitis and UTI

-          Investigating hospital acquired ( nosocomial) infections caused by resistant microorganisms such as MRSA, VRE and resistant Gram-negative bacteria

-          Investigating Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) through epidemiological studies, pathogenesis, diagnostic tests and treatment regimens

-          Investigating zoonotic diseases, especially brucellosis, through serological diagnostic tests, culture, molecular methods and treatment regimens

-          Investigating the bacterial pathogenesis mechanisms, and respective drug resistance mechanisms

-          Investigating mycobaterial infections in different clinical specimens by molecular methods (Mycobacterium tuberculosis, non tuberculous type, and BCG)

B. Educational and Consulting Services

-          Periodic reports of antibiotic resistance in Shiraz hospitals

-          Arrangement of educational workshops

-          Educating fellows in pediatric infectious diseases

-          Designing and doing student theses at different educational levels

-          Preparing clinical and diagnosis guidelines

-          Consulting services for lab related activities in case of hospital outbreaks 

 

C. Lab Services

-          Receiving samples, blood culturing using Bactec system and identifying species by API, 24 hr a day

-          Detecting MRSA, VRE and metalobetalactamaze resistance and ESBL in the isolates from clinical specimens

-          Receiving samples, Pediatric CSF analysis and culture

-          Receiving samples, and bacteriological tests on the fluids under infectious diseases specialists’ supervision

-          Performing tests for anaerobic bacteria

-          Performing PCR assay to determine mycobacteria in clinical specimens



 
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
  Prof. Alborzi Clinical Microbiology Research Center
Tel :+98713 6474296
Fax :+98713 6474303
Email : alborzicmrc@sums.ac.ir

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