Whole genome sequencing in food safety

Date: Tuesday 28 November, 2017

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Venue: Meeting Room 4 & 5 , Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown, Dublin

Who should attend?

The event would be of particular interest to laboratory scientists, researchers, public health professionals, regulators and all those currently applying or interested in applying this technology to the detection and control of foodborne pathogens.

Programme overview

safefood, in partnership with Teagasc and University College Dublin, are hosting a seminar on whole genome sequencing in food safety and in the epidemiology of foodborne illness at the Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown on November 28. This event will bring together those currently applying or preparing to apply this technology on the island of Ireland, as well as international experts with significant experience in utilising and interpreting WGS.

Speakers include; John Coia (University of Glasgow), Eva Moller Neilsen (Statens Serum Institut), Shea Fanning (University College Dublin), Cormac Gahan (University College Cork) and Olivia McAuliffe (Teagasc)


Time Presentation Speaker
09:30 Registration, tea and coffee
09:50 Introduction and opening remarks

Dr Linda Gordon,


Session 1: Epidemiology of foodborne illness


Dr David McDowell

10:00 Whole genome sequencing – opportunities and challenges

Prof John Coia,

(NHS Scotland)

10:30 Cluster Detection using WGS in the National Salmonella, Shigella & Listeria Reference Laboratory

Dr Niall DeLappe,


10:50 Introducing WGS at the National Reference Laboratory for VTEC at PHL, HSE, Dublin

Dr Anne Carroll,


11:10 Break
11:30 WGS for epidemiology of foodborne listeriosis in Denmark

Dr Eva Møller Nielsen,

(SSI Denmark)

12:00 Comparative Analysis of WGS of Irish Listeria monocytogenes Isolates

Dr Cormac Gahan,


12:20 Application of WGS to Bacteriophage-Based Approaches to Pathogen Control and Detection

Dr Olivia McAuliffe,


12:40 Lunch
Session 2: Food and the food processing environment


Dr Linda Gordon

14:00 Application of bacterial whole genome sequencing for the characterisation of antimicrobial resistance-encoding determinants in E.coli from food-producing animals

Prof Séamus Fanning,


14:30 Temporally associated genome scale determination of phenotypically essential genes in Salmonella Tennessee: towards a new risk assessment paradigm

Mr Daniel Hurley,


14:50 Pathogen Genome Sequencing for Livestock Epidemiology

Dr Adrian Allen, 


15:10 Whole (meta)genomic sequences and food safety

Dr Paul Cotter,


15:30 Break
16:00 WGS Salmonella

Dr Kaye Burgess,


16:20 Future requirements for maximum use of WGS

Dr Kieran Jordan,


16:40 Discussion Session
17:00 Close


Due to demand registration for the Whole Genome Sequencing event is now closed. We are operating a reserve list for anyone interested in attending and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis should any registered attendee cancel. Please contact Michael Hills at mhills@safefood.eu for inclusion on this list.