Purpose: With the goal of training grad students and food safety professionals in Chile, we conducted a 4-day workshop in collaboration with Virginia Tech, The University of British Columbia, and Universidad Andres Bello.
Methods: The workshop was focused on the application of cutting-edge technologies to study foodborne pathogens. Teaching methods as project and problem learning activities, along with exercises and paper discussions were used.
Results: A total of 38 students participated in the workshop. Participants were from the Academia (18), Industry (7) and the Government (13). Activities as outbreak investigations, bacterial genome sequencing analysis, and analysis of GIS applications were successfully conducted.
Significance: This collaborative effort was a success. It provided an overview of epidemiology and molecular subtyping methods, with emphasis on the application of whole genome sequencing and geographical information systems, to detect disease outbreaks and their sources in Chile.