Dr. Marina OVIAÑO, Keynote Speaker

Clinical microbiologist @ Complejo Hospitalario Universitario A Coruña, Microbiology Laborator


Ph.D., graduated in Chemistry in the Faculty of Chemistry in Oviedo, Spain. She completed her residence in clinical microbiology at the University Hospital A Coruña and her doctoral studies in the Health Sciences University of A Coruña, Spain. Dr. Oviaño served as a researcher at the National Health System in Spain (2016 to 2017), and at present, she works as a clinical microbiologist at the Microbiology Department of the University Hospital A Coruña. She has been working on research in the field of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, focused on the use of MALDI-TOF MS as a rapid technology for diagnostic use.

How can MALDI-TOF MS help in the detection of antimicrobial resistance bacteria in clinical practice?

Antimicrobial resistant bacteria are a global health alarm. Rapid methods that require minimum sample preparation and rapid data analysis are eagerly needed. MALDI-TOF MS is used by clinical laboratories for identification of microorganims, however, everyday, novel capacities are arising with special respect to antimicrobial resistant detection and bacterial typing. In this keynote lecture, I’ll try to present the most useful applications for clinical practice like identification of carbapenemase-producing bacteria and high risk clones and specially how to integrate these applications in routine with the different available software and tools. The purpose of the keynote lecture is that everyone attending gets a know-how on the most useful procedures so that AMR detection with MALDI-TOF MS becomes an integrated part of the antimicrobial stewardship programmes.

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