Health Protection Agency
Microbiology Services Division
61 Colindale Avenue
London NW9 5EQ
Public Health England provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health.PHE leads nationally and enables locally a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It achieves this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. PHE is an executive agency of the Department of Health and is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support Government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.
In England, the PHE Microbiology Reference Services Division - Colindale, in North London is the national centre for reference microbiology. The site also includes the Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control (CIDSC), which is the national centre responsible for detection, surveillance and control of communicable diseases. The remit of the Centre includes infectious disease surveillance, providing specialist and reference microbiology and microbial epidemiology, coordinating the investigation and cause of national and uncommon outbreaks, helping and advising government on the risks posed by various infections and responding to international health alerts.
The PHE Respiratory and Vaccine Preventable Bacteria Reference Unit (RVPBRU), Bacteriology Reference Department, within the Microbiology Services Division (Colindale) is a leading national and international reference centre and includes the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Streptococcal Infections and Diphtheria. RVPBRU has active research and development programmes targeting the microbiological surveillance of systemic and vaccine preventable diseases and the investigation of their pathogenetic characteristics. In addition, the laboratory undertakes serological and molecular epidemiological studies on these organisms with the development, validation and extension of typing schemes. The WHO Global Reference Centre has previously been awarded numerous EU and other international grants for medical research and is actively involved with ECDC and other international programmes. As a WHO Global Collaborating Centre, the laboratory works closely with centres from across the globe. The laboratory has considerable expertise in diagnostics, molecular epidemiological typing, surveillance studies, design and execution of external quality assurance studies, laboratory workshops and symposia within the speciality fields.
Public Health England, Colindale Division, London, UK