Episode Summary


Antibiotic susceptibility testing is too slow. Faster identification of microorganisms is now common, as many laboratories use MALDI-TOF or molecular technologies for quick and definitive identification of bacteria. Improvements in susceptibility testing have lagged, as we continue to use tests that take a day for results, and which have not significantly changed in decades. Rapid phenotypic testing has can only be done on limited sample types, using a dedicated platform, and it has not been widely adopted. Tests for rapid genotypic testing usually include only a few genes and require confirmation by phenotypic testing. What are the prospects for fast susceptibility testing?


  • Dr. Trish Simner. Trish is an Associate Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, where she is also Director of the Medical Bacteriology and Infectious Disease Sequencing.
  • Dr. Dan Rhoads. Dan is the Section Head of Microbiology at the Cleveland Clinic, where he holds The Belinda Yen-Lieberman, Ph.D., and James M. Lieberman, MD, Endowed Chair in Clinical Microbiology.

Trish and Dan are first and last authors on a paper in press at JCM. The title is "Multicenter Evaluation of the Acuitas AMR Gene Panel for Detection of an Extended Panel of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes among Bacterial Isolates."

Topics of Discussion:

  • Scope of the AST problem.
  • Conventional AST – how long does it take?
  • General approaches to reducing the time for AST – targeted genotypic (PCR), whole genome sequencing, and faster phenotypic methods. What do you see as potential for each?
  • What is the Acuitas AMR Gene Panel and how does it work?
  • Study design.
  • Summary of results.
  • Discrepant results.
  • Workflow.
  • Where do you see this fitting into current laboratory testing.

This episode of Editors in Conversation is brought to you by the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and hosted by JCM Editor in Chief, Alex McAdam and Dr. Elli Theel. JCM is available at https://jcm.asm.org and on https://twitter.com/JClinMicro.


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