The Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS)

The Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS)

The Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS)

Our mission is to inform pathogen control strategies and interventions on a local, national and international scale.

About the Partnership

Through our global research partnerships with the US CDC, the European CDC, the World Health Organisation and Food and Agriculture Organisation, National Institutes of Health and Public Health England we are helping lead the fight against high risk microbial pathogens with a focus on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – one of the biggest threats to global health security. 

We achieve our mission through a combination of structured population surveys and whole genome sequencing to generate high quality openly available surveillance data and identify high risk clones; by developing software tools and technologies that make data visualisation and interpretation accessible to all; and by investing in capacity building across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), helping to train future leaders of new national and emerging surveillance programmes. 

Learn more at the CGPS website.

Meet the Team

Our international and diverse team brings together expertise in data modelling, software development, epidemiology, bioinformatics and machine learning, genomic technology, Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP), training and capacity building. 

Capacity Building in LMICs

Learn more about the activities being undertaken by our NIHR-funded Global Health Research Unit in Nigeria, Colombia, The Philippines and India: 

Sanger Team Partners

Related Tools and Data

Partners and Funders

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