Appendix 2: COG-UK Together Event

On 14 October 2021, COG-UK held an event to bring together all of its members to share their experiences of sequencing over the previous 18 months. Called ‘COG-UK Together’, the event included a number of presentations which are provided below. The slides highlight some of the key scientific achievements as well as the human stories that went into the work. Attended by more than 250 members, the event took place both in person and online. click here to see video recordings of the event.

Dr Matthew Bashton, Assistant Professor, Applied Sciences, Northumbria University: Supporting local Infection Control.

James Blackstone, Clinical Project Manager, UCL: Challenges of implementing an infection control clinical trial during COVID-19.

Dr David Bonsall, Clinical Lecturer in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Strategic directions for pathogen genomics.

Dr Rachel Colquhoun, Postdoctoral Researcher, The University of Edinburgh: Pandemic scale phylogenetics.

Dr Ewan Harrison, Head of the Respiratory Virus and Microbiome Initiative, Wellcome Sanger Institute: Joining it all up - integrating COG-UK data with patient records and human genetic data.

Dr. Catherine Ludden, Director of Operations COG-UK: SARS-CoV-2 sequencing logistics from a national perspective.

Professor Andrew Page, Head of Informatics at the Quadram Institute: Case studies in molecular epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 at Quadram.

Dr Sam Robson, Bioinformatics Lead at the Centre for Enzyme Innovation, the University of Portsmouth: Local Logistics at the South Coast COG-UK Sequencing Hub.

Dr Joshua Quick, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of Birmingham: SARS-CoV-2 sequencing protocol development.

Dr Rachel Williams, New Generation Sequencing Service Manager Genetics & Genomic Medicine Department, UCL: SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing.

Dr Estée Török, Consultant at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Visiting Fellow University of Cambridge: How it started.

Professor Darren Smith, Personal Chair in Bacteriophage Biology, Northumbria University: COG-UK Northeast Hub.

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