Dr Sandra Galvin B.Sc.,PhD
| I am currently employed in the Discipline of General Practice, School of Medicine, NUIG (2012 - present). My current research is funded by the HRB and will involve the implementation of a complex intervention with GP's in the west of Ireland with regard to antimicrobial prescribing. Central to this research is the issue of the development of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens. Appropriate and prudent use of antimicrobials can assist in curbing the spread of resistance in bacterial populations. Urinary tract infections are a common presentation at GP's and may require antimicrobial treatment. The proposed intervention will involve multiple components including providing relevant information of what antimicrobials should be prescribed.
Prior to this, I was involved in postdoctoral research in the RCSI, Beaumont Hospital in Clinical Microbiology (2010 - 2012). This research evaluated various biodecontamination systems for routine use within the hospital setting. I was also involved in routine surveillance for multiresistant nosocomial bacterial pathogens in the environment in Beaumont Hospital.
My PhD research was carried out in the Discipline of Bacteriology, School of Medicine, NUIG (2006 - 2010). I investigated the role of the wider aquatic environment in the spread of multiresistant bacterial pathogens that represent faecal contamination of water supplies. I also used molecular epidemiological methods to investigate the spread of these pathogens in various water systems such as rivers, bathing waters and effluent. This research highlighted the high proportion of multiresistant bacteria present in hospital effleunt and the ability for these organisms to survive waste water treatment.