GUEST HOST: Chris Spicer was a manager for a mental health organisation and lost his job due to the vaccine mandates. Since losing his job he started his own podcast ‘The Primodcast’. He has spoken to guests such as Dr Peter McCullough, Senator Malcolm Roberts, David Icke, Professor Mattias Desmet, Dr Brad Campbell, Dr Joseph Yi, Senator Gerard Rennick, Campbell Newman, George Christensen, plus many others.
GUEST 1 OVERVIEW: Dr Conny Turni leads a national and international reference laboratory for respiratory bacterial pathogens where identification, serotyping, genotyping, sequencing and antimicrobial sensitivity testing is performed. Her team works with the poultry, pig and cattle industries, as well as major veterinary pharmaceutical companies around the world. The group performs vaccine efficacy trials, provides advice on vaccine strain selection, performs antimicrobial sensitivity testing and evaluates candidate novel antimicrobial agents. Essentially, the services provided by the group underpins the entire Australian prevention and control programs for the major bacterial respiratory diseases of pigs, poultry and cattle. Her research has extended beyond vaccines and antibiotic sensitivity to determining optimal sample sites for collecting pathogens, understanding the association of different pathogens with disease, development of animal infection models, classification of bacteria and epidemiology of pathogens. Conny supervises PhD students with diverse projects such as antimicrobial sensitivity studies, risk factors and profiling of pathogenic Escherichia coli associated with avian collibacillosis, alternatives to antibiotics, development of on farm test for a virus and study of epidemiology of a new species of bacteria. She works in collaboration with a team of epidemiologist, veterinarian and virologist on projects in Australia and overseas.
GUEST 2 OVERVIEW: Dr Astrid Lefringhausen studied biology at University Kiel in Germany, finished with Diploma in Microbiology in 1993, Doctorate in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at University Kiel in 1996. She worked from 1996 to 2004 for Qiagen (a Molecular Biology start up at the time), first as a Technical Sales Representative, from 1999 as Export Manager for the Asia Pacific Region. From 2004 to 2012 she worked for Miltenyi Biotec (German Cell therapy and Immunology company) as Export manager for Eastern Europe, Africa and South and Middle America. Main responsibility was installing, teaching and monitoring stem and immune cell therapy for terminal cancer patients across hospitals in her territory. Astrid moved to Australia in 2006 while employed by Miltenyi Biotec and took over Sales and Technical Support for AU/NZ in the molecular area, for Immunology in WA, SA, NT and QLD. She started working in the Diagnostics industry in Immunohematology in 2015 with Grifols.
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