Staff Profile


Professional Qualifications
 

 

Public Health, Research Council and related Committees

2011- present Member of Healthcare Associated Infections Research Forum of the Public Health Agency, Health and Social Care NI

2010- present Member of Northern Ireland Antimicrobial Resistance Action Committee

2011-present Member of HSC NI Infection and Immunity TRG Grants Committee

2002- present Health and Social Care NI Research and Development Office Infection and Immunity Translational (previously Infectious Diseases Recognised) Research Group (HSC NI Infection and ImmunityTRG) Management Committee

2000-2001 Member of steering group to initiate Infectious Diseases Recognised Research Group under the auspices of the HSC R & D Office

1999-2000 Wellcome Trust strain selection committee for the Bacteroides fragilis whole genome sequencing project (invited by the Wellcome Trust to be a member and to nominate other members of the committee). Principal Investigator on the subsequent Wellcome Trust funded sequencing project and corresponding author on publication in the journal Science, 2005.

Professional Societies

2011-present Symposium proposer, organizer and session chair for European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) by invitation of the Chair of the European Study Group for Anaerobic Infections.

2008-present Council Member of Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) FEMS brings together 46 Microbiological societies from 36 countries across Europe and organises regular congresses, workshops and symposia and publishes journals.

2005- present Chair, Society for Anaerobic Microbiology (SAM) Council. The SAM is a UK based society with an international membership. http://clostridia.net/SAM/ I progressed SAM's membership of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies from provisional to full membership.

2005 - present Honorary member Anaerobe Society of the Americas. The Anaerobe Society of the Americas was founded as a result of researchers from the USA attending SAM meetings and continues to have close association with SAM.

Elected (3 year appointment) to Society for General Microbiology, the leading general Microbiology Society in Europe, special interest group committees for Microbial Infection, 2000, Clinical Microbiology, 2006

Editorial Board Membership

2002- 2012. Journal of Medical Microbiology Editorial Board member; this involves sending papers for review, making decisions with respect to publication based on referees' comments and communicating directly with authors. JMM is a journal of the Society for General Microbiology with a wide international readership.

 

Since 2009

  • External Examiner for Infectious Diseases Honours programme in the College of Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh. This honours programme is taken by Intercalating MBChB students, Biological and Biomedical Science students.
  • External Examiner for PhD Thesis (2010) and MSc by Research (2011) in the College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh is a Russell Group University ranked 20th in the QS World University Ranking 2011/2012.

 

 

EXAMINING SUMMARY

2001-2005 Medical School, University of Sheffield, MSc (taught) in Microbial Pathogenicity

2002-2006 School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University BSc Biology Programmes, Single and Combined Honours

2011-2016 University of Edinburgh Honours BSc Infectious diseases

External examiner for PhD Theses (e.g. University of Edinburgh, University of Aston Birmingham, University of Westminster, University of Cape Town) and Internal PhD examiner.





External Appointments (structured)
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External Examiner: University of Edinburgh, Infectious Diseases Honours programme1/9/201131/8/2016




Membership Of Other Societies / Professional Activities
 
 

Invited Oral Presentations

'Phagocytosis of Bacteroides fragilis'. Presented at the 5th Biennial International Symposium organised by the Anaerobe Discussion Group, Cambridge, July, 1987

'Bacteroides fragilis surface structure expression in relation to virulence'.

Presented at the symposium on Anaerobes and Mixed Infections held at the International Congress for Infectious Diseases, Montreal, Canada, July 1990.

'The instability of antigenic expression in Bacteroides fragilis: a possible genetic basis?'

Presented at the Institut Pasteur, Paris by invitation of Dr M Sebald, Director of the Unites des Anaerobies, October 1990.

'Flow cytometric analysis of antigenic variation in pathogenic bacteria'

Presented at 'New horizons in cellular analysis', a flow cytometer user's meeting organised by Coulter Immunology UK, Blackpool, May 1991.

'Immunological and structural characterisation of the surface polysaccharides of Bacteroides fragilis: structural and antigenic variation'

Presented at 3rd Scientific Meeting of the European Society of Chemotherapy; Infectious Diseases, Paris, France, May 1995.

‘Approches nouvelles dans l'etude des bacteries anaerobies a Gram negatif d'interet medical'

Presented at Universite Rene Descartes (Paris V) by invitation of Professeur A Rimbault, Paris, France, May 1995.

'Variation of Bacteroides fragilis surface structures'

Presented at IX International Symposium of the Society for Anaerobic Microbiology, Cambridge, July 1995.

‘Virulence of Bacteroides species'

Presented at Society for General Microbiology 139th Meeting, University of Bradford, January 1998

‘Infection as a cause of prosthetic joint failure: an underestimated problem'

Presented at Ecole Superieure de Chemie Physique Electronique de Lyon by invitation of Professeur M Jourlin, Lyon, France, March 1999.

‘Virulence mechanisms of Bacteroides fragilis'

Presented at Anaerobe 2000, an International Congress of the Confederation of Anaerobe Societies. Manchester July 2000

‘The Bacteroides fragilis complete genome sequence answers a 20-year old question'

Presented at University of Edinburgh, Department of Medical Microbiology, May 2002

‘DNA inversion and antigenic variation in the opportunistic pathogenic bacterium Bacteroides fragilis'

Presented at University of Edinburgh, Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, May 2002

Propionibacterium acnes - an important pathogen?'

Presented at Anaerobes in the patient and the laboratory, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, December 2002.

‘Infection in joint replacement. New thoughts on causative bacteria - the role of Propionibacterium acnes' Presented at the British Orthopaedic Research Society Symposium, Nottingham April 2003-05-16

‘The genome sequence of Bacteroides fragilis answers a 20-year old question' Presented at the Molecular Aspects of Anaerobes symposium at the Society for General Microbiology 152nd Meeting, Edinburgh, April 2003

Patrick S and Glakely G. Exploring and exploiting the genome of the opportunistic pathogen Bacteroides fragils. Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission workshop on ‘Strategies to address antimicrobial resistance through the exploitation of microbial genomics' at Magalia, Las Navas del Marqués, Spain, April 2004.

‘The complete genome sequence of Bacteroides fragilis NCTC 9343' presented at Anaerobe 2004, Congress of the Anaerobe Society of the Americas, Annapolis Maryland, July 2004.

‘Prosthesis biofilm infection: the importance of Propionibacterium acnes'

Presented at the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons Workshop on Muskuloskeletal Infection, Tampa, Florida November 2004.

‘The Bacteroides fragilis genome sequencing project answers a 20-year old question' Presented at the University of Cape Town, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, by invitation of Dr V Abratt, March 2005.

‘Propionibacterium acnes - an important pathogen?' Presented at University of Cape Town, Medical Microbiology, by invitation of Professor G Elisha, March 2005.

‘The genome of Bacteroides fragilis' Presented at ‘Anaerobes from the patient to the laboratory' held at the Health Protection Agency, Colindale, December 2005.

'Bacteroides fragilis: an important opportunistic pathogen' Presented at

University of Tubingen, by invitation of Professor G Doering, June 2006.

'Complete genome sequencing of Bacteroides fragilis answers a 20 year old question' Trinity College Dublin by invitation of Professor Cyril Smyth February 2007.

‘Improved detection and treatment of prosthetic joint infection' Presented at ECM IX - Musculoskeletal Trauma: 50 Years of AO Research, Davos Switzerland June 2008.

‘ Improved detection of biofilm infection' presented at Society for General Microbiology 163rd meeting Trinity College Dublin September 2008.'

‘LPS and capsule biosynthesis in Bacteroides fragilis' Presented at Society for General Microbiology meeting ‘Putting Microbes to Work' Heriot Watt University Edinburgh September 2009.

Bacteroides fragilis fibrinogen interactions' presented at Anaerobe 2010 Congress of the Anaerobe Society of the Americas Philadelphia USA July 2010

‘Clinical importance of the skin commensal Propionibacterium acnes ‘ presented at ‘The human microbiome and anaerobic infection' held at the Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London UK February 2011.

Bacteroides fragilis and the unknown unknown' Invited lecture, University College Cork November 2011

'Polysaccharide biosynthesis loci diversity amongst Bacteroides fragilis isolates' To be presented at Anaerobe 2012 Congress of the Anaerobe Society of the Americas San Francisco July 2012

My research has been reported in the media and as result has contributed to the wider public understanding of science e.g.

BBC News 2003 ‘Discovery could cut bowel infection risk' news.bbc.co.uk

BBC News 2005 ‘Bacteria 'map' to help beat bug' news.bbc.co.uk

 





Awards And Honours/major Prizes
   

Council Member of Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)

FEMS brings together 46 Microbiological societies from 36 countries across Europe and organises regular congresses, workshops and symposia and publishes journals

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