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Professor of Immunology & Infection / Head of Research, School of Applied Sciences
Dancer, S. J., Macpherson, S. G., & de Beaux, A. C. (2018). Protracted diagnosis of ACNES: a costly exercise. Journal of Surgical Case Reports, 2018(9), 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1093/jscr/rjy230
This case report summarizes the course of events leading to diagnosis and eventual repair of anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome (ACNES) in a 58-year-old female. The ...
Barlow, P. G. The Effects of Air Pollution Particles on Clearance Mechanisms Within the Lung. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1052591
The effects of inhaled aIr pollution particles on lung clearance mechanisms is an important factor in understanding how the mammalian lung deals with such pollutants and, as s...
Brown, S., Paterson, C., Dougall, N., Cameron, S., & Wheelhouse, N. (in press). Understanding the attitudes and acceptability of extra-genital Chlamydia testing in young women: evaluation of a feasibility study. BMC Public Health, 19(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7313-0
Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis) is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK. Recent studies suggest that in addition to the genital...
Horserace Betting Levy Board
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...
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Rutherford Fellows, will work in project areas related to food safety (Pathogen detection, AMR etc) and food spoilage.
Rutherford Fund, are funded by BEIS and the scheme is being managed by Universit...
Society for Reproduction and Fertility
SRF summer studentship
Associate Professor and Research Leader in Biomedical Sciences
Dancer, S. J., Adams, C. E., Smith, J., Pichon, B., Kearns, A., & Morrison, D. (2019). Tracking Staphylococcus aureus in the intensive care unit using Whole-Genome Sequencing. Journal of Hospital Infection, 103(1), 13–20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2019.04.016
Background: Staphylococcus aureus remains an important bacterial pathogen worldwide. This study utilized known staphylococcal epidemiology to track S. aureus between different...
Hooper, K. M., Casanova, V., Kemp, S., Staines, K. A., Satsangi, J., Barlow, P. G., …Stevens, C. (2019). The inflammatory bowel disease drug azathioprine induces autophagy via mTORC1 and the unfolded protein response sensor PERK. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 25(9), 1481-1496. https://doi.org/10.1093/ibd/izz039
Background Genetic studies have strongly linked autophagy to Crohn's disease (CD) and stimulating autophagy in CD patients may be therapeutically beneficial. The aim of this s...
Wattegedera, S. R., Doull, L. E., Goncheva, M. I., Wheelhouse, N., Watson, D. M., Pearce, J., …Entrican, G. (2019). Immunological homeostasis at the ovine placenta may reflect the degree of maternal foetal interaction. Frontiers in Immunology, 9, https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2018.03025
Successful mammalian pregnancies are a result of complex physiological, endocrinological and immunological processes that combine to create an environment where the mother is ...
Flach, E. J., Dagleish, M. P., Feltrer, Y., Gill, I. S., Marschang, R. E., Masters, N., …Wheelhouse, N. M. (2018). Ferlavirus-related deaths in a collection of viperid snakes. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 49(4), 983-995. https://doi.org/10.1638/2017-0223.1
Between June and October 2013 26 snakes of six viperid species kept in two adjoining rooms died (n = 16) or were euthanized on medical (1) or welfare grounds (9). Two were fro...
Dancer, S. J., & Kramer, A. (2019). Four Steps to Clean Hospitals: Look; Plan; Clean; and Dry. Journal of Hospital Infection, 103(1), e1–e8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2018.12.015
Now that cleaning and decontamination are recognised as integral to infection control, it is timely to examine the process in more detail. This is because cleaning ...
Hooper, K. M., Barlow, P. G., Henderson, P., & Stevens, C. (in press). Interactions Between Autophagy and the Unfolded Protein Response: Implications for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, doi:10.1093/ibd/izy380
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis, is characterised by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Aetiology...
Ledwoch, K., Dancer, S., Otter, J., Kerr, K., Roposte, D., Rushton, L., …Maillard, J. (2018). Beware Biofilm! Dry biofilms containing bacterial pathogens on multiple healthcare surfaces; a multicentre study. Journal of Hospital Infection, doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2018.06.028
Wet biofilms associated with medical devices have been widely studied and their link with healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) is well recognized. Little attent...
Manoukian, S., Stewart, S., Dancer, S., Graves, N., Mason, H., McFarland, A., …Reilly, J. (2018). Estimating excess length of stay due to healthcare-associated infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis of statistical methodology. Journal of Hospital Infection, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2018.06.003
Healthcare-associated infection (HAI) affects millions of patients worldwide. HAI is associated with increased healthcare costs, owing primarily to increased hospit...
Smith, J., Adams, C., King, M., Noakes, C., Robertson, C., & Dancer, S. (2018). Is there an association between airborne and surface microbes in the critical care environment?. Journal of Hospital Infection, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2018.04.003
There are few data and no accepted standards for air quality in the intensive care unit (ICU). Any relationship between airborne pathogens and hospital-acquired inf...
Reid, M., Whatley, V., Spooner, E., Nevill, A. M., Cooper, M., Ramsden, J. J., & Dancer, S. J. (2018). How Does a Photocatalytic Antimicrobial Coating Affect Environmental Bioburden in Hospitals?. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 39(4), 398-404. https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2017.297
BACKGROUND The healthcare environment is recognized as a source for healthcare-acquired infection. Because cleaning practices are often erratic and always intermittent, we hyp...
Parsonage, B., Hagglund, P. K., Keogh, L., Wheelhouse, N., Brown, R. E., & Dancer, S. J. (2017). Control of Antimicrobial Resistance Requires an Ethical Approach. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.02124
Ethical behavior encompasses actions that benefit both self and society. This means that tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) becomes an ethical obligation, because the pro...
Mitchell, B. G., Farrington, A., Allen, M., Gardner, A., Hall, L., Barnett, A. G., …Graves, N. (2017). Variation in hospital cleaning practice and process in Australian hospitals: A structured mapping exercise. Infection, Disease & Health, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.idh.2017.08.001
The purpose of this paper is to highlight the range of cleaning practices and processes in 11 Australian hospitals and to discuss the challenges this variation pose...
TRANSFORM - Education reform project – Improving Research capability in the Sri Lankan Higher Education sector.
Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common sexually-transmitted infection in the world, and is associated with miscarriage, pre-term birth and infertility. However, the understanding of the mechanisms t...
Scottish Funding Council
Development of a UV-C hand-sanitiser unit
Chief Scientists Office
Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common sexually transmitted infection in Scotland, and has significant long‐term consequences to reproductive health. Recent studies suggest that in addition to the g...
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
The main goal of this project is to understand the mechanisms responsible for the virulence of food-related yeasts on humans, and to provide tools and recommendations to prevent the release of yeasts ...
Society of Applied Microbiology
MinION sequencing of bacterial isolates
Students into Work Vacation Studentship 2015
We have identified the human cathelicidn LL-37 as having potent direct antiviral activity against human rhinovirus (HRV), together with the capacity to alter death pathways in HRV-infected cells, as a...
Beltane Public Engagement
To embed Public Engagement (PE) as a core part of good teaching, learning, research and knowledge exchange.To support staff and students to become confident practitioners in PE by development of a net...
Salmonella enterica is a leading cause of foodborne infection with a recent increase in the number of antibiotic resistant isolates. We propose a biotechnological approach to the development of novel ...
In July 2017, Dr Peter Barlow was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Medical Microbiology. The journal, published by the Microbiology Society, covers the full breadth of Clinical Micr...
6 July 2017
Edinburgh Napier University (Sighthill Campus)
27 August 2019
3 June 2019