Announcing the winner of the Infectious Images Photo Competition

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The Infectious Diseases Photography Competition provided an opportunity for anyone working in the field of infectious diseases – from bench to bedside – to share their work using imagery.

Over the last few months all the entries were whittled down to five finalists by our panel of judges, and from there a public vote has determined the worthy winner. We are delighted to announce Louise Corscadden (University of Leicester, UK) as the winner of the 2018–2019 Infectious Images Photography Competition! Louise won with her image entitled ‘Bacteria, Biofilms and Black Carbon’ that shows Acinetobacter baumannii forming a biofilm structure with and without black carbon; a major component of particulate matter air pollution.

Louise commented on her image: “I would like people to see the possible hidden repercussions of living in an urbanized world. That it is highly likely that this interaction between pathogenic bacteria and air pollution is currently occurring within many of us. Air pollution is an immediate problem that effects the majority of the world’s population and as the myriad of different areas of research show, we are only just realizing the many different aspects of our health that we put in jeopardy just by simply living in our current environments.”

Bacteria, Biofilms and Black Carbon by Louise Corscadden

We would like to extend our congratulations to Louise, and if you’ll be attending the Microbiology Society Annual conference (8–11 April, Belfast, UK), the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (12–16 April, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) or ASM Microbe (20–24 June, CA, USA) this year, keep an eye out and you might be able to get a fantastic Infectious Diseases Hub tote bag printed with Louise’s image!

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  1. Belinda Yen-Lieberman on

    Does the uptake of Black Carbon on biofilm with the bacteria result more resistance on antibiotic treatment of the bacteria (with biofilm) infection? what is the clinical consequence of air pollution (carbon particles) on treating bacterial infections with & without biofilm (Other than pulmonary infections) ? Thanks

  2. Louise Corscadden on

    Thank you for your question Professor Yen-Lieberman,

    To answer, the bacterial species in this image is Acinetobacter baumannii and we are currently investigating the effect of black carbon on the antibiotic susceptibility / resistance on A. baumannii biofilms and virulence. This research is relatively new and we are only just beginning to explore the effect of black carbon on this particular species.

    However, we do have published work on the effect of black carbon on Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumonia biofilms, in vivo colonisation and antibiotic susceptibility / resistance if you would like to read it via the link below.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=shane+hussey

    For your question on the clinical consequences of black carbon on bacterial treatment, my supervisor, Dr Julie Morrissey’s group is currently taking a more clinically associated path of investigation involving a number of different pathogens with clinicians at the Leicester Hospitals.

    Watch this space and again, thank you for your interest in our group. Please feel free to contact me at lc378@le.ac.uk or my supervisor jam26@le.ac.uk with any other questions and queries.

    Louise Corscadden

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