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Meeting report: Towards better risk stratification, prevention and therapy of invasive GBS disease, ESPID research meeting May 2022

Snoek, Linde, Karampatsas, Konstantinos, Bijlsma, Merijn W., Henneke, Philipp, Jauneikaite, Elita, Khan, Uzma B., Zadoks, Ruth N. and Le Doare, Kirsty 2023. Meeting report: Towards better risk stratification, prevention and therapy of invasive GBS disease, ESPID research meeting May 2022. Vaccine 41 (42) , pp. 6137-6142. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.09.014
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The European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) hosted the third Group B Streptococcus (GBS) Research Session in Athens on 11th May 2022, providing researchers and clinicians from around the world an opportunity to share and discuss recent advances in GBS pathophysiology, molecular and genetic epidemiology and how these new insights can help in improving prevention and control of early- and late-onset GBS disease. The meeting provided a state-of-the-art overview of the existing GBS prevention strategies and their limitations, and an opportunity to share the latest research findings. The first presentation provided an overview of current GBS prevention and treatment strategies. In the second presentation, the genomic and antimicrobial resistance profiles of invasive and colonizing GBS strains were presented. The third presentation explained the association of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP) with the development of late-onset disease (LOD) and the interplay of host innate immunity and GBS. The fourth presentation evaluated the role of genomics in understanding horizontal GBS transmission. The fifth presentation focused on the zoonotic links for certain GBS lineages and the last presentation described the protective role of breastmilk. Talks were followed with interactive discussions and concluded with recommendations on what is needed to further GBS clinical research; these included: (i) the development of better risk stratification methods by combining GBS virulence factors, serological biomarkers and clinical risk factors; (ii) further studies on the interplay of perinatal antimicrobials, disturbances in the development of host immunity and late-onset GBS disease; (iii) routine submission of GBS isolates to reference laboratories to help in detecting potential clusters by using genomic sequencing; (iv) collaboration in animal and human GBS studies to detect and prevent the emergence of new pathogenic sequence types; and (v) harnessing the plethora of immune factors in the breastmilk to develop adjunct therapies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0264-410X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 October 2023
Date of Acceptance: 5 September 2023
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 16:43

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