Focus on Infection 2020

Focus on Infection 2020 Webinar Series | 2nd, 3rd and 7th December 2020 

Organised by the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin and St James’s Hospital, Dublin.

The Focus on Infection 2020 webinar series takes place in December 2020 with three informative and interesting webinars planned. 2 CPD credits, awarded by RCPI, are available for each webinar. 

No registration fee for healthcare staff, university staff and students.

View the Focus on Infection 2020 programme here

Webinar 1:

Wednesday, 2 December 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | 2 CPD Credits

Speakers and Topics:

  • Prof Kirsten Schaffer
    St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin
    “Whole genome sequencing to track SARS-CoV-2 transmission in nosocomial outbreaks”
  • Dr Frank van de Veerdonk
    Radboud Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    “Post-influenza and COVID-19 fungal infections in critical care patients”


Webinar 2:

Thursday, 3 December 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | 2 CPD Credits

Speakers and Topics:

  • Dr Susanne Hodgson
    The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, UK
    “COVID-19 Vaccines: Job done?”
  • Dr Rachel Mc Loughlin
    School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin.
    “Staphylococcus aureus vaccine development”
  • Dr Brian O’Connell
    St James’s Hospital, Dublin
    “Changing epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus Infections”


Webinar 3:

Monday, 7 December 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | 2 CPD Credits

Speakers and Topics:

  • Dr John Rex
    Chief Medical Officer F2G
    “The Antibiotic Pipeline and why antibiotics are not being developed fast enough”
  • Dr Brian Conlon
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
    “Pathogen-host interactions in guiding treatment of infections”

Optional Pfizer sponsored lecture:

  • Dr Roger Brüggemann
    Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    “Therapeutic antifungal drug monitoring: necessity or luxury?”

These talks will be followed by a live question and answer session. 

Can't attend? Recordings will be available to watch online afterwards

There are limited places available for the live webinar. If you are unable to book a place, you will be able to watch videos of all of the talks on Panopto, our video sharing platform.

How to join this webinar

First, you must book your place at the webinar on this web page. On the day, you must sign into our virtual learning environment RCPI Brightspace.

On the day of the event, the steps are:

  • Log in to with your username and password (the same credentials used to book this event)
  • Click on the link for RCPI Brightspace
  • In your list of courses you will see Focus on Infection 2020 Webinar SeriesClick on this.
  • Click on "Join the Live Webinar" - This will launch Zoom, the system we are using for live webinars

Note, the webinar will only become available to watch at 5pm on the day, but we recommend logging in ten minutes ahead of time.

To join this webinar on Zoom you will need a computer (Windows or Apple) or mobile device with internet access and speakers.

If you're joining on a computer

If you're joining the webinar on a computer you can use the Zoom desktop website. You do not need to download the Zoom app - if you see a pop up message about the app, you can dismiss this.

The Zoom website functions best on Google Chrome.

When you click on the link for "Join the Live Webinar" you will see a message asking you to open Zoom. Click on “Open Zoom”.

You will then be asked for your name and email address. Once you’ve entered these details, click on “Join Webinar”.

If you’re joining on a mobile device

If you're watching the webinar on a mobile device you will need to download the Zoom app. To save time on the day, we recommend downloading the app in advance:

Click here for the iOS Zoom app

Click here for the Android Zoom app

When you open the Zoom app click on “Join a Meeting”. You will need to enter the meeting ID number. The ID number for this week's event will be sent to you via email beforehand.

You can find additional help with joining Zoom webinars here

How to submit questions to the panel

Before the event

If you have any questions for our panel please email them to and we will endeavour to have these answered as part of the event. Alternatively, you can submit questions via Twitter @RCPI_news.

During the event

We are now using Zoom to broadcast our live webinars. When you open Zoom to watch the live webinar you will be able to submit questions to the panel during the event.

To submit questions to the panel:

  • Open the Q&A window in Zoom while you are watching the live event
  • Type your question into the Q&A box and click Send
  • Check Send Anonymously if you do not want your name attached to your question in the Q&A

 It may not be possible to answer all questions we receive.

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