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A paradigm shift to combat indoor respiratory infection

Journal Article
Morawska, L., Allen, J., Bahnfleth, W., Bluyssen, P. M., Boerstra, A., Buonanno, G., …Yao, M. (2021)
A paradigm shift to combat indoor respiratory infection. Science, 372(6543), 689-691. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abg2025
There is great disparity in the way we think about and address different sources of environmental infection. Governments have for decades promulgated a large amount of legisla...

Can we do better? A guide to pandemics – some Dos and Don'ts for the next one

Journal Article
Tang, J. W., Kwok, K. O., Loh, T. P., Lee, C. K., Heraud, J., & Dancer, S. J. (in press)
Can we do better? A guide to pandemics – some Dos and Don'ts for the next one. Journal of Infection, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinf.2021.04.017
Specific features of any rapidly spread pathogen needs early recognition and assessment for possible pandemic potential. These include: inter-person transmissibility and expon...

How dirty is your QWERTY? The risk of healthcare pathogen transmission from computer keyboards

Journal Article
Ledwoch, K., Dancer, S., Otter, J., Kerr, K., Roposte, D., & Maillard, J. (2021)
How dirty is your QWERTY? The risk of healthcare pathogen transmission from computer keyboards. Journal of Hospital Infection, 112, 31-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2021.02.021
Introduction Healthcare environmental surfaces may be contaminated with micro-organisms that cause healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). Special attention is paid to near-...

Putting a balance on the aerosolization debate around SARS-CoV-2

Journal Article
Dancer, S. J., Tang, J. W., Marr, L. C., Miller, S., Morawska, L., & Jimenez, J. L. (2020)
Putting a balance on the aerosolization debate around SARS-CoV-2. Journal of Hospital Infection, 105(3), 569-570. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2020.05.014
No abstract available.

Precision Medicine and the Role of Biomarkers of Radiotherapy Response in Breast Cancer

Journal Article
Meehan, J., Gray, M., Martínez-Pérez, C., Kay, C., Pang, L. Y., Fraser, J. A., …Turnbull, A. K. (2020)
Precision Medicine and the Role of Biomarkers of Radiotherapy Response in Breast Cancer. Frontiers in Oncology, 10, https://doi.org/10.3389/fonc.2020.00628
Radiotherapy remains an important treatment modality in nearly two thirds of all cancers, including the primary curative or palliative treatment of breast cancer. Unfortunatel...

Bacterial Transfer To Fingertips During Sequential Surface Contacts With And Without Gloves

Journal Article
King, M., López‐García, M., Atedoghu, K. P., Zhang, N., Wilson, A. M., Weterings, M., …Fletcher, L. A. (2020)
Bacterial Transfer To Fingertips During Sequential Surface Contacts With And Without Gloves. Indoor Air, 30(5), 993-1004. https://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12682
Bacterial transmission from contaminated surfaces via hand contact plays a critical role in disease spread. However, the fomite‐to‐finger transfer efficiency of microorganisms...

Reducing hand recontamination of healthcare workers during COVID-19

Journal Article
Gon, G., Dancer, S., Dreibelbis, R., Graham, W. J., & Kilpatrick, C. (2020)
Reducing hand recontamination of healthcare workers during COVID-19. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 41(7), 870-871. https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2020.111
No abstract available.

Dynamic Transmission of Staphylococcus Aureus in the Intensive Care Unit

Journal Article
Adams, C. E., & Dancer, S. J. (2020)
Dynamic Transmission of Staphylococcus Aureus in the Intensive Care Unit. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(6), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17062109
Staphylococcus aureus is an important bacterial pathogen. This study utilized known staphylococcal epidemiology to track S. aureus between patients, surfaces, staff hands and ...

Revising Nightingale's legacy

Journal Article
Dancer, S. (2020)
Revising Nightingale's legacy. Journal of Hospital Infection, 105(2), 344-345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2020.03.016
The recent editorial from this Journal does well to highlight the benefits of hand hygiene once again [ 1 ]. It is entirely appropriate to support the need for clean hands, es...

Measuring environmental contamination in critical care using dilute hydrogen peroxide (DHP) technology: An observational cross-over study

Journal Article
Oon, A., Reading, E., Ferguson, J., Dancer, S., & Mitchell, B. (2020)
Measuring environmental contamination in critical care using dilute hydrogen peroxide (DHP) technology: An observational cross-over study. Infection, Disease & Health, 25(2), 107-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.idh.2019.12.005
Background The environment has an important role in the transmission of healthcare associated infections. This has encouraged interest in novel methods to improve hygiene in h...
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Covid-19 support scheme for Postdoctoral researchers 2021

2021 - 2021
Covid-19 support scheme for Postdoctoral researchers 2021
Funder: Society for Reproduction and Fertility | Value: £12,386

Investigating the prevalence and diversity of bacterial endosymbionts in Scottish hoverfly populations

2021 - 2022
Investigating the prevalence and diversity of bacterial endosymbionts in Scottish hoverfly populations
Funder: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland | Value: £13,549

Developing an adoptive regulatory T cell therapy for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

2021 - 2023
The immune system contains a balance of cells that turn responses ‘on’ and those that turn it ‘off’. When this balance breaks down, inappropriate immune responses can attack healthy tissue...
Funder: Chief Scientists Office | Value: £229,020

Uncovering novel effectors of Nrf2 dysregulation in the progression of Alzheimer's Disease

2020 - 2021
Nrf2 activators show pre-clinical promise in the treatment of several neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but exert clinical toxicity. Nrf2 regulates hundreds of anti-oxida...
Value: £4,219

Host Defence Peptides as novel modulators of autophagy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

2019 - 2022
Increasing numbers of patients are diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) each year, both in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Most drugs in current use for the treatment of IBD target the im...
Funder: The Daphne Jackson Trust | Value: £83,167

EEID travel award: Understanding transmission dynamics for bacterial zoonoses in humans, goats and camels among pastoral communities in Northern Kenya

2019 - 2019
EEID travel award: Understanding transmission dynamics for bacterial zoonoses in humans, goats and camels among pastoral communities in Northern Kenya
Funder: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council | Value: £1,960

Can exposure to excess androgen during fetal life increase risk of hepatic disease in male offspring?

2019 - 2019
Background Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition. Hyperandrogenaemia characterises PCOS, and is considered an ‘in utero environmental programmer’ of PCOS in female offspring. Male o...
Funder: Society for Reproduction and Fertility | Value: £3,000

Cathelicidins as Novel Therapeutic Antivirals for Dengue Infection

2019 - 2022
A significant challenge faced by modern society is the lack of therapeutics for a large number of infections, particularly those that are endemic or widely spread in developing countries. Dengue is on...
Funder: Medical Research Council | Value: £269,873

Bacteriophage endolysins and novel lipid-degrading proteins as a treatment for Rhodococcus equi infections in foals

2018 - 2019
Rhodococcus equi (Req) is responsible for severe respiratory disease of foals with a major economic impact on the equine industry, and can be endemic on stud farms. In foals under 6 months of age, thi...
Funder: Horserace Betting Levy Board | Value: £10,832

Osteoarthritis: Going back to basics

2018 - 2021
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most important ageing-related musculoskeletal disease, affecting almost 9 million people in the UK. Despite this, there remain many unanswered questions in our understanding...
Funder: Medical Research Council | Value: £351,321