My interest in antibiotic resistance (AR) started as an undergraduate in NUI, Galway.
Following my BSc I studied for my PhD at Edinburgh University. My PhD was an investigation
of how human pathogens would evolve to become resistant to a novel antibiotic;
My focus on clinical microbiology and AR continued with a Health Research
Board Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin and examined the presence, types and frequencies
of ESBLs in gram negative pathogens in Irish hospital patients. From here I moved to the
Department of Agriculture in Switzerland and developed my knowledge from AR in human
pathogens to how the use of antibiotics in agriculture could influence the selection and
development of AR in environmental bacteria. In 2014, I returned to Ireland and formed my
own research group at Maynooth University.
My team comprises six researchers focusing on
AR in animal gut and faecal samples, environmental samples and the links between manure
and the environment and the food chain. We focus on AR mechanisms, particularly mobile
mechanisms, present and capable of moving in animal, environmental, plant and human
We also analyse the changes in the microbiome compositions of these samples
to study the effects of changes in the host environment on the microbiomes. The papers that I
have published reflect this spectrum of research adaptability and interests.
Terence Anthony Maguire, BSc, PhD, FPSNI, FPSI, FRPharmS(hon), FCPP, Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast
Terence Anthony Maguire is Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at
Queen’s University Belfast. He received his PhD from the Queen’s University Belfast. Until 2002 Dr. Maguire was Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Post-Graduate Pharmaceutical Education and Training at Queen’s University Belfast. He also served as Principle Pharmaceutical Officer in the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. From 2013 to 2015 Dr. Maguire was Chair of the Belfast Local Commissioning Group Health and Social Care Board of Northern Ireland.
Dr. Maguire has co-authored articles published in journals including European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, International Journal of Smoking Cessation, Addiction, Hospital Pharmacy Practice, International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, PharmacoEconomics and The International Journal of Clinical Practice. He authors a number of professional journal columns, including a monthly column for Irish Pharmacist, a quarterly column in Pharmacy Magazine and regular contributions to the column Broad Spectrum in the Pharmaceutical Journal.
Dr. Maguire owns and runs two community pharmacies in Belfast. He has authored 3 books and 1 book chapter and has presented at numerous conferences on subjects such as the future regulation of OTC nicotine products, obesity management in the pharmacy and pharmacy-based smoking cessation services.
Lecturer, Engineering Research Institute, Ulster University
Dr Patrick SM Dunlop is a Lecturer within the School of Engineering and a member of the Engineering Research Institute at Ulster University. He is a Chartered Biologist with a strong academic background in applied science.
His research interests focus on 1) the design and application of nanomaterials for the disinfection of water/wastewater and the production of self-cleaning and self-disinfecting medical devices/surfaces; 2) development of biological sensing technology, including rapid identification of organisms associated with antimicrobial resistance.
Patrick has ongoing collaborative research with a range of leading Universities and Research Institutes through funding from EU FP & Horizon 2020 programmes, the US-Ireland R&D Partnership (DELNI/SFI/NSF), US EPA, Royal Society, British Council, NATO and Invest NI.
Dr O'Grady gained his B.Sc. in Microbiology, his M.Sc. (Res) in infectious diseases molecular diagnostics and his Ph.D. in molecular diagnosis of bacterial pathogens in food all at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). He stayed at NUIG for his first post-doc, continuing his food microbiology research. This was followed by a two year stint in industry (Beckman Coulter) developing real-time PCR based molecular diagnostics assays for infectious diseases including Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Dr O’Grady then returned to academia, taking up a post-doc position at University College London on TB diagnostics. In January 2013 he was appointed Lecturer in Medical Microbiology at UEA and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2016. His research continues to focus on the molecular diagnosis of pathogens with the aim of translating this research broadly, in different sectors and diseases, to maximise community/patient benefit.
Emma joined the NHS as a trainee clinical scientist in 2004, completing an MSc and PhD during her training and is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. She has been part of the clinical diagnostic team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for almost 15 years and has a special interest in service quality improvement and point-of-care diagnostics for microbiology.
Dr Elisabeth Adams is the founder and Managing Director of Aquarius Population Health – a healthcare consultancy passionate about developing evidence to inform timely healthcare decisions. She received her BSc Psychology (Hons) from the University of Michigan, going on to study an MSc in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Oxford University and a PhD in Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Elisabeth has numerous peer-reviewed articles in influential journals – regularly collaborating with world expert clinicians. Her research in health economics and epidemiology has influenced local, regional and international policy. Over the last 20 years, she has conducted research on a broad range of disease areas including infectious diseases, oncology, and long-term conditions.