Alasdair MacGowan BMedBiol (Hons), MD, FRCP, FRC.Path Professor of Clinical Microbiology & Antimicrobial Therapeutics, University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust.
Alasdair MacGowan is Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Therapeutics at the University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant at North Bristol NHS Trust. He graduated in Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, and trained in Infection in Aberdeen, Birmingham and Bristol. At present, he is Head of Research and Specialist Services in the Department of Medical Microbiology, North Bristol NHS Trust. His main research interests are in antibacterial pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics, resistance epidemiology in the community and understanding risk factors for poor outcome in hospitalised patients. He is a former President of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Chair of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Editor Board. Presently, he is Chairman of the BSAC Working Party on Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance, a member of the BSAC Working Party on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, and a member of the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST).
Andrew Lovering, BSc, PhD Consultant Clinical Scientist, North Bristol NHS Trust
Andrew Lovering is a Consultant Clinical Scientist and the scientific lead for the Antimicrobial Reference Laboratory at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. He graduated from the University of Reading and trained as a Clinical Scientist in Bristol, where he undertook his PhD. His main area of scientific interest is in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy and many of the research studies that he has been involved with relate to the assay of antimicrobials, their pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic evaluation or the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance. He is a former editor of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Currently, he is a member of the UKNEQAS Steering Committees for both Microbiology and Drug Monitoring and a member of the UKNEQAS Executive Committee. He is also the Clinical Lead for Infection at the Western Comprehensive Local Research Network and a member of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Working Party on Therapeutic Drug Monitoring.
Karen Bowker, PhD Principal Clinical Scientist, North Bristol NHS Trust
Karen Bowker has been an active research Clinical Scientist at the North Bristol NHS Trust since 1992 where she trained as a clinical scientist and undertook her PhD. She is scientific lead for the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) laboratory. Her other main area of research is antimicrobial chemotherapy, antibacterial susceptibility testing and, assay of antimicrobials. She is currently a member of the BSAC working party on antimicrobial susceptibility testing. She is the lead organiser of the Antibiotic Assay Course held annually in Bristol. She is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications and approximately 50 scientific abstracts and is a reviewer for several current journals.
John Leeming, BSc PhD Principal Clinical Scientist, North Bristol NHS Trust.
John joined the team in 2010, with a remit to lead molecular investigations. His academic training was undertaken at the University of Leeds and he then moved to Bristol become a clinical scientist. His interests include exploiting molecular biology techniques in the detection and characterisation of microbial pathogens, control of hospital infection, pneumococcal disease and the microbiology of skin. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Bristol and has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers.
Alan Noel, MSc, Clinical Scientist, Antimicrobial Reference Unit, North Bristol NHS Trust
Alan Noel has been an active research Clinical Scientist at North Bristol NHS Trust since 2001. He has trained as a clinical scientist, with a focus on the Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral agents. He has recently started a PhD – looking at the use of in-vitro pharmacokinetic infection models in anti-infective drug development. He is deputy scientific lead for the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (pK/pD) laboratory. He has a keen interest in laboratory quality and has been the UK NEQAS for Antibiotic Assays Scheme Manager for 10 years. He is the deputy organiser of the Antibiotic Assay Course held annually in Bristol. He is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications and approximately 50 scientific abstracts.